Golez blamed for abortion road in Sum-ag-A A +A
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson blamed Bacolod Lone District Representative Anthyony Golez for the sorry state of the road in Barangay Sum-ag.
Residents and motorists consider Sum-ag road as an "abortion road" because of its numerous potholes.
The two top officials of the city attended the installation of Fr. Mao Buenafe at the Sum-ag parish church over the weekend and they received feedback relative to the present state of the Sum-ag road.
They clarified that Sum-ag is a national road and does not fall on the city’s jurisdiction.
Leonardia said it is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Works and Highways and Golez has a say in the matter.
"We were blamed for it but it's not under our jurisdiction. It is under the jurisdiction of the congressman," Leonardia said.
Golez said he has already secured the budget for the repair of the Sum- ag road and that DPWH will soon implement the project. "When is that?" Leonardia asked.
The road repairs in the south of Bacolod started during the incumbency of former Congressman John Orola Jr. who happened to be present during their presscon.
Orola said that before he stepped down as congressman, he was able to get the approval of the P800 million for the regular infrastructure projects, which include Sum-ag Road. However, he was not sure if the budget for the said project was released or not.
Moreover, Sayson said the Sangguniang Panlungsod even passed a resolution urging the repair of the Sum-ag Road but they were informed that the budget for that road repair will be availed through a loan from World Bank.
"We have not been remiss in our duty. We have reminded DPWH and even wrote them seven months ago inquiring on the status of the Sum-ag national road," Sayson said.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 31, 2012.