Issue of April 8, 2018

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CEO cites reasons for delay in implementation of projects
by Jane B. Cadalig

Problems on right-of-way, wrong project title, and lack of site are among the concerns that delay the implementation of identified priority projects in Baguio, according to the City Engineer’s Office (CEO).

Acting City Engineer Edgar Victor Olpindo said some of the approved projects are not implemented because of the problems incurred when these were being proposed.

“Some of the funded projects have a wrong title, while others have right-of-way issues. Other funded projects have no available site for construction. These problems usually happen when the projects are being proposed for funding by the barangay officials,” Olpindo reported to City Hall officials and employees last week.

He said the office has advised barangay officials to coordinate with the City Planning and Development Office when coming up with their project proposals and complete the needed documents to avoid problems that delay the implementation when their identified priority projects are approved. 

City Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the CEO must continue to coordinate with concerned offices to facilitate the implementation of projects.

He said one of factors that affect Baguio’s ranking in the national competitiveness index is the backlog incurred in the implementation of the annual investment plan, which contains the list of projects identified as priority by the barangays.

He also asked the city council not to approve project proposals if the site is problematic and if the budget is too small.

“I hope the city council will ensure that projects with problematic sites and those with small budget because based on the records of the bids and awards committee, projects are bided but there are no takers if the budget is too small,” Domogan said.

Olpindo said the CEO is doing its best facilitate the implementation of the approved projects and is continuously working to improve its services.

He added the office is working with utility firms like the Benguet Electric Cooperative in the maintenance and repair of streetlights and to eventually address the problem on dangling wires in the city and Baguio Water District in the excavation and restoration of roads for water pipes and sewerage installation.

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