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DPWH appeals for public cooperation on on-going Loakan and Kennon road repair

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (12 June) -- The Regional Project Monitoring Committee under the Regional Development Council, in partnership with the city government's project monitoring unit, initiated Tuesday a project briefing and site inspection of the on-going road construction/repair at the Loakan and Kennon roads.

NEDA Regional Director Juan Ngalob who is the acting RDC Chairperson and RPMC Chairman, explained that they have called for the briefing due to the public's clamor on the various issues and concerns involving the project.

DPWH Project Engineer Alfredo Bannagao Jr appealed to the public and other stakeholders to bear with the inconveniences brought by the project as he assured that the DPWH is trying its best to address all the issues and concerns.

Bannagao explained that the DPWH is implementing simultaneously the Loakan and Kennon Road projects as they are both pump priming projects. There is a directive from DPWH Undersecretary Ramon Aquino, directing all district engineers that pump priming projects should be implemented immediately. Moreover, there is also a directive that will impose administrative actions to all concerned DPWH officials and employees who will not meet their targets in implementing pump priming projects in their respective areas, Bannagao added.

Bannagao reported that the concreting of the 600 meter part of Loakan road is already finished, and on its curing period now and could be completely opened by June 23. For Kennon road, Bannagao, said they will exert all their effort to finish it in a month's time.

We cannot avoid inconveniences on the implementation of pump priming projects like this, so we call on everybody to bear with us, but looking at the long term effect of the projects, it would be a big help for motorists going into the city's central business district, Bannagao said.

In relation to this, Bannagao is calling on other stakeholders, especially utility companies who have not transferred yet their telephone and cable wirings and other obstructions along the affected part of the Kennon road.

He also appealed on the city government and the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), particularly the Land Transportation Office, to help them in re-routing all trucking and other heavy vehicles, to Marcos highway, until the concreting and road widening project in Kennon is finished.

Following the briefing and site inspection, the monitoring committee proposed to the DPWH to implement mitigating measures on the issues concerning the said projects, specially, on the inconveniences on the motorists and the riding public. It also proposed that for future projects, DPWH should call a pre-contract/planning/implementation conference with representatives of various stakeholders. They also proposed that DPWH should avoid simultaneous implementations of projects, like this, in the future.

The committee will also forward a recommendation to the city government and public utility vehicle associations, to look into the parking and business obstructions along the Milton area of the Kennon road.

The monitoring team was composed of NEDA, DILG, NICA, DBM, PIA and representatives from the City's Engineering Office, Planning and Development Office and Public Order and Safety Division (POSD-CMO). The team was joined by media practitioners for transparency, continuing involvement, creating awareness and civic consciousness. (PIA) [top]

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