Majority bloc councilors urged to hasten road project

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Thursday, July 17, 2014


THE Cagayan de Oro City Council’s minority bloc wants to speed up the farm-to-market road (FMR) project in various villages where a counterpart from the city government is needed to bankroll its construction.

City councilor Lourdes Darimbang said they wish to hasten the project so that residents’ needs in the hinterland barangays can be addressed immediately instead of hindering it.

“I wish they could stop arguing about the project saying that there are some requirements which have not yet been met. All of them have already been submitted and now we wait for the city council’s approval only,” Darimbang said.

The FMR will cover nine barangays in the hinterlands, namely, Tumpagon, Pigsag-ang, Tuburan, Taglimao, Pagalungan, Tagpangi, Besigan, Tinagpuluan and Dansolihon.

Last June 26, 2014, 24 tribal leaders of the nine barangays sent a letter to Vice-mayor and presiding officer Caesar Ian Acenas asking him to persuade the city council to sign the 10 percent equity fund.

The 10-kilometer project is estimated to cost about P120 million which comes from the Department of Agriculture, and the P12 million must be shouldered by the city.

Fausto Orasan, the spokesperson of the city’s tribal leaders, said there are so many requirements that were allegedly unaccomplished that delayed the approval of the city council.

“There were so many requirements like the road-right-of-way in which has already been accomplished,” Orasan said.

City Administrator Roy Raagas added that money is already available but it needs the approval of the city council.

“Naa gyud kwarta ang syudad man. Wala na gyud ta’y problema ana. Approval na lang atong gitagad,” Raagas said.

The project has already been approved at the Committee on Public Works and Engineering and it will be passed to the Committee of Finance, chaired by City Councilor President Elipe, for evaluation of its budget.
Darimbang said they will definitely encounter a problem when the project goes to Elipe.

“When the project will be passed to Elipe, I do not know how long will it take for him to approve the project knowing that in every project the city does, he counters,” she said during the press conference on the city’s clarification of Commission on Audit (COA) findings where Elipe presented issues regarding the discrepancies in the current administration during the city council session last Monday.
Elipe is a member of the city council’s majority bloc.

“Everything is already submitted man gyud. Pero kana [Elipe’s actions] kay pamikil lang gyud na,” Darimbang said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 17, 2014.

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