BCDEO claims all 18 infra projects worth P208 M done ahead of sked
by Harley Palangchao
The major infrastructure projects in Baguio worth P208 million were completed ahead of schedule, according to Baguio City District Engineer Ireneo Gallato.
Gallato reported last week the target completion date of the 18 projects as set by the Department of Public Works and Highways was end of September this year, but these projects were completed end of July.
Upon DPWH’s instruction, all infra projects worth P20M and below must be completed by June while projects worth P20M to P50M must be done by September.
“Except for some minimal corrections at Abanao Road and Harrison Road, all the 18 major infra projects are completed ahead of time despite numerous complaints from the motorists,” Gallato said.
He attributed the early completion of the projects to the consistent issuances of written and verbal directives to all concerned contractors to finish their jobs right and on time.
Among the projects that received complaints from motorists was the reblocking of the portion of the Marcos Highway, which was completed before tourists came up to Baguio to attend the two major events of the 2012 Panagbenga celebrations.
The rehabilitation of the Gov. Pack terminal up to a portion of Harrison Road was also on time even as the contractor made some adjustments because of the ongoing construction by a university in the area.
The other project that caused traffic woes was the rehabilitation of M. Roxas, but the BCDEO chief explained its completion was sped up to the comfort of motorists and commuters.
Gallato said the continuing reblocking of roads in the city is part of the priorities of the government. President Benigno Aquino III said by 2013, all arterial roads in the country would already be paved while secondary national roads will be completed in 2016.
Baguio has 95 kilometers of national road, mostly paved with concrete or asphalt.