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PIA Press Release
2006/10/04

Construction of Upper Pulangi bridges to resume

by Elaine O. Ratunil

Cagayan de Oro City (4 October) -- Amid the dreadful incident that took place in the Upper Pulangi, Malaybalay City, let us continue to work on the priorities of the area particularly the projects of the government.

This was the statement of Barangay Chairman Felix A. Amores in Zamboanguita during the Pulong-Pulong for the Resumption of Construction of Tigpanique and Zamboanguita Bridge, held at Zamboanguita, Malaybalay City, on September 29.

Engr. Zosima A. Monton of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Region 10, as the representative of the implementing agency, presented an update on the project saying that 95% of the scope of work for the Tigpanique Bridge has been completed. With its contractor, the Concepcion Basic Builders, Inc., the remaining scope of work includes surplus common excavation, aggregate subbase and base course materials, concrete paving for both approaches, and provision of line canal and guardrail.

For the Zamboanguita Bridge, Engr. Monton said that the bridge, with Al Hussein Construction as its contractor, is already completed, and the remaining scope of work includes application of aggregate subbase and base course materials, concrete paving for both approaches and installation of guardrail base.

She then urged the residents for their full support to the project for its completion for the main reason, she cited, will greatly help the economic activity of the area.

Since the DPWH has observed that there parts of the bridge that were taken away, Engr. Monton called the residents to closely guard and care for the bridge by reporting any case of pilferage to the authorities concerned so that the projects and improvements that the people are enjoying right now will be also be used by the next generation.

On the DPWH observation, Chairman Domingo Hingpit of Brgy. St. Peter posed a challenge to the residents that while only 95% of the project that was completed, there are already some parts of the bridge that were stolen. He then asked, “What would then be the next to happen if the people will not closely guard the bridge?”

He enjoined the local residents to be responsible to the assistance that are extended by the government to them. “With the completion of the bridge, it is convenient for us to transport our products from the farm to the market and we will not have difficulty anymore to pass by,” said Hingpit.

As one of the heads in the Upper Pulangi, he asked for an apology on the DPWH’s observation. Thus, he stressed to the residents that they were given by the government through the Local Government Unit (LGU), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and other line agencies so that they may be successful and progressive community, adding that it is a challenge for the community of Upper Pulangi to steadfastly support the government.

Hingpit also emphasized that the government is the people. Projects will only be useless if the people will not mind to protect and preserve them, and would not support to maintain the peace and order situation of the area.

Meanwhile, he mentioned that this year’s assistance alone of the city government reached closely to P4 Million in Brgy. St. Peter. This only proves the government is concerned for the welfare of the people and conversely, people should not abuse with the opportunities at hand.

To this, he appealed to the residents to support the government and be united in guarding and monitoring the funds and projects poured in to them because he said, “those that were given to us will be useless if we are not united.” Thus, he added that the barangay is concerned with the welfare of the barangay and the people.

He also emphasized that they are not opposing those who are not doing good in their area but they wanted to relay the message that they wanted to live peacefully and in order. Hence, he urged the NPA not to bring chaos.

On June 8, rebels of the New People’ Army (NPA) under the Rexan Perez Command Front Committee 89 burned and greatly damaged various construction-heavy equipment belong to its contractor, Concepcion’s Basic Builder, Inc. The burning, accordingly, was a result of the construction firm’s refusal to pay the rebel’s extortion demands. (PIA-10) [top]

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