City’s batching plant to undergo repairs-A A +A
Saturday, October 12, 2013
THE Cebu City Government’s asphalt batching plant in the mountain barangay of Budlaan needs at least P1.3 million to repair the facility.
Engr. Meyrick Balaga, who is the plant control operations officer of the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW), said some of plant’s motor parts are broken.
“Naguba na tungod sa wear and tear ba (It can be attributed to wear and tear),” Balaga said in an interview with Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.
Also, the plant hasn’t been repaired since it began operation in 1997 yet, he added.
Balaga said the plant has stopped processing or “cooking” bitumen, which is a main ingredient in asphalt.
Asked if there are asphalting projects in the city that has been affected by this, Balaga said there is none.
While the plant is the City’s main source of asphalt for its asphalting projects, Balaga said the City has other suppliers.
During their last regular session, the City Council approved Councilor Margarita Osmeña’s resolution on the use of P1.3 million to repair the facility.
The City Treasurer’s Office already certified that the amount is available for DEPW’s use.
According to Balaga, the repair is expected to be finished before the end of the month.
The City acquired the P32-million plant in 1997. It produces at least 60 metric tons of asphalt daily.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 12, 2013.