DPWH hit for slow road construction

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014


ANGELES CITY -- Officials here assailed the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the delayed construction of the Pandan Road (Angeles-Magalang), which has severely affected residents and businessmen in the area.

During the City Council session on Tuesday, Vice Mayor Maria Vicenta "Vicky" Vega Cabigting said residents and traders along the vital road are complaining about the slow phase of the construction.

The vice mayor cited the hazard it may pose to the people living in the area because of deep excavations along the highway.

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She also assailed the contractor of the project, saying that only few workers are being dispatched lately.

"Wala pa sa sampu yung mga workers nung dumaan ako. Yung isa nagwawalis pa. Yung iba naman naghuhukay," Cabigting said.

"What if umulan po ng malakas at mapuno ng tubig yung mga hukay? What if may mga batang naglalaro at di alam na malalim ang hukay?" she added.

Cabigting said they will invite DPWH officials in their session next week to shed light on the issue.

"Kung hindi pa nila inaksyunan ito ay mapipilitan tayo na gumamit ng social media at gumawa ng fan page para mapansin ang sentiments ng mga tao," Cabigting said.

"Sa pagkakaalam ko po dapat tapos na ang project ngayong May. Masyado na po itong matagal," she added.

Councilor Maximo Sangil said the city council may ask the Office of the Ombudsman to conduct an investigation regarding the delayed project.

The project started last February and is expected to be completed by May 23 based on the contractor’s work schedule.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan recently met with DPWH officials and discussed the issue. The mayor also urged the agency to speed up the project.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 22, 2014.

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