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By Rina Jimenez-David
“Relieved” is how Public Works Secretary Rogelio “Babes” Singson described his feelings when asked about the Supreme Court ruling declaring the PDAF or Priority Development Assistance Fund—in plainspeak the pork barrel—unconstitutional.
As always, a flash flood again inundated the intersection of Gil Puyat Avenue and South Luzon Expressway leading to Ayala Avenue last Oct. 9 in Makati’s Central Business District.
I was mad as hell after seeing the Department of Public Works and Highways doing an asphalt overlay at 11 p.m. on the well-paved Sucat Road (Dr. A. Santos Avenue) in Parañaque City. For a project the DPWH calls “Asset Preservation,” it is spending P50 million. Such brazen temerity! Fifty million pesos could have provided housing for 500 poor Filipino families.
This is in reference to the article titled, “Group slams DPWH repair of ‘good roads’” (Metro, Inquirer, 5/26/13) citing the “double asphalt overlay done in late 2012 and early 2013” on the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay road in Laguna province.
At a news briefing last Wednesday, both the public works secretary and the chair of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority shared an impressive amount of numbers, in an effort to explain why massive floods once again hit the National Capital Region on Monday, and how the same thing can be prevented from happening yet again.
With this letter, I hope to bring a proposal to the attention of President Aquino, the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Agriculture, for their consideration.
By Peter Wallace
I went to a refreshing meeting the other day. Officers of the Management Association of the Philippines met with Public Works Secretary Rogelio “Babes” Singson.
I want to call the attention of the concerned authorities to the Barili-Dumanjug road in south Cebu. This road (after 13 years) was finally repaired and surfaced in 2012, except for the last three kilometers or thereabout going toward the Dumanjug boundary. Pocked with so many potholes, this stretch is the worst part of the road, and yet this seems to have been deliberately neglected.
By Neal H. Cruz
Oh no, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will go ahead with its bullheaded plan to “repair” the whole length of Edsa before alternate routes are found for the thousands of vehicles that will be displaced from Edsa because of the repair work. The repairs will take two years, which means Edsa will be hell on earth for at least two years. The DPWH has been able to convince Metro Manila mayors to agree to the massive repairs, and some people have already voiced their suspicions of the reasons the mayors were persuaded.
The Department of Public Works and Highways should not waste money raising General Luna Road and Governor Pascual Avenue and two or three bridges in Malabon City. They will not mitigate but instead worsen the flooding of our homes.
By Neal H. Cruz
President Aquino announced in his latest State of the Nation Address that one of his big projects is an elevated roadway interconnecting the NLEx (North Luzon Expressway) and the SLEx (South Luzon Expressway), and that it would be finished by 2015. The two toll roads will greatly lessen the traffic jams in Metro Manila, especially [...]
By Sylvia L. Mayuga
In gentle, early-morning light seven days before his third State of the Nation Address, President Aquino in a yellow shirt-jac strode on a gravel path to the edge of a gully in the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System’s Stilling Basin area in La Mesa Dam. He came to push the ceremonial button inaugurating the recently completed Phase 2 of the Angat Water Utilization and Aqueduct Improvement Project (AWUAIP), a long-range program to provide safe water to millions in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces.