Issue of April 16, 2017
     
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We welcome your letters and opinions. Kindly limit your letters to a page, preferably typewritten and doublespaced. However, for your letters to be considered for publication, it is essential that all letters must be SIGNED above your PRINTED NAME (you may request your name to be withheld or substituted with your pen name) and must include your ADDRESS and PHONE NUMBER. Letters and emails deficient in any of the above requisites will not be entertained. Please be guided accordingly. Thank you.
 
Gibraltar Road being compromised by a real estate project
MARY G. BAUTISTA, RGS., Baguio City

Last Oct. 24, 2016, I wrote to this section about the collapsed wall of Suntrust Gibraltar. The wall fell for the fourth time during the height of Typhoon Lawin. The destruction of Gibraltar Road has caused inconveniences and traffic while it posed danger to motorists and tourists who flock to Mines View and Good Shepherd.

Why is a private construction based in Metro Manila allowed to destroy Gibraltar Road, a national highway, making it a one-way road? Suntrust Gibraltar did not only destroy the road but also the culverts, sidewalk, and sewer line which is emitting foul smell in our barangay.

Last April 5, at around 3 p.m., the newly restored stonewall of Suntrust Gibraltar collapsed anew. This is the fifth time this wall collapsed. There was no earthquake or rains when it fell.

This made me to raise these questions:

Did Suntrust do a proper soil test? Why were the pine trees cut? Why did they bulldoze the lot so close to the road? The lot used to be a slope. Did the civil and structural engineers build a strong foundation? Why are there no posts or beams to hold up the wall? Why did they just pile what looks like river stones one on top of the other? Did the wall builders consult experts in riprapping? Did Suntrust not learn from its experience when they applied shotcrete the first time? As the saying goes, “Haste makes wastes”.

This is an appeal to Suntrust Gibraltar to stop destroying Gibraltar Road and to fully restore the damage it has caused since 2015 when it began its earthmoving activities on this lot formerly owned by Rep. Mark Go.

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