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SIPPAD urges investigation of Samar's road construction

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (February 23) -- The participants in the 10th Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development (SIPPAD) is filing a resolution to investigate the alleged irregularities in the construction of the national highway and the provincial highway in Samar.

SIPPAD is a convergence of the three bishopd of Samar and Archbishop Jose Palma of the Archdiocese of Palo. It also includes Army commanders, LGUs and NGOs and even people's organization. The partnership aims to address poverty in Samar by linking concerned agencies for the development of the three provinces.

Fr. Cesar Aculan, Social Action Director of the Diocese of Calbayog in his presentation said that the materials used in the Calbiga to Gatanguit road project is of sub-standard quality, the aggregates used are limestones which are found unsuitable materials if mixed with cement and are found to have weak bonding.

He added that the procedure is also substandard as procedure for cementing and paving are short cut.

Work concreting is slow and asphalting not continuous, there are many gaps not cemented, it further noted.

Another observation the prelate offered is that the supervision is done by DPWH Central office and not the regional office.

Because of the foregoing observations, the Samarnons fear that the road will only last five years. Even now that the road is not yet completed, some sections of the asphalted roads are already pockmarked with potholes.

The DPWH Second Engineering District does not want to comment on the issues as theirs is only monitoring and that according to Engr Agusto Aguilar, they have not received any complaint about it.

The acting Provincial Governor then, Jesus Redaja shared the observations of Fr Cesar and even sought the comments of the mayor in a Provincial Development Council Meeting.

However, with the re assumption of Governor Milagrosa Tan, it is not known what her action would be and even the Sangguniang Panglalawigan because as of this time, SP sessions have not pushed through for lack of quorum. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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