Issues on the Roads

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014


BAD ROADS -- It pisses me off every time I access this road. It is a few hundred meters of stretch that connects Villa Angela Subdivision main gate to the Macarthur Highway portion of Barangay Sto. Domingo in Angeles City. It has been potholed as far as I can remember, and begging for repair. That's sometimes I scratch my head how in the world we are regarded one of the best cities in the world.

City Engineer Don Dizon will bear me out on this. I pleaded with him no less than ten times to repair the road, and his standard reply was, ‘atin neng budget yan Konsehal, magawa ne kanyan'. The next question then should be: WHEN?

Road Construction -- in my previous column, I was trying to draw the attention of the regional office and the sub-engineering district of the Department of Public Works and Highways on the road constructions being undertaken on the Magalang Road (it is a misnomer, it is in Angeles, this road) and F. G. Nepomuceno road (formerly Gueco road).

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Passers-by, on a daily basis, are noticing the slow pace construction. Me too, anytime I travel on the road coming from my residence in L&S subdivision in Sto. Domingo and passing thru the above mentioned stretch on my way to city hall, cannot help but notice the few workers and and one heavy equipment dispatched on the construction site.

No Adequate Signs -- Motorists passing on these two road constructions are always placed on danger since there are no posted adequate warning signs. It is quite dangerous during nighttime, particularly to first time visitors of Angeles City.

I maybe be accused of being too repetitious but it is worth reminding the contractor that they are flagrantly in violation of certain mandatory obligations which are very elementary in road construction.

First, they have to put up a billboard on the work site detailing on how much is the project, when it was started and when it will be completed. And of course the name of the construction firm, so that in any case of accident, the victim knows whom he will hail to court.

Another provision in any road construction project is for the contractor to Maintain Properly road detours. In the Magalang road construction, the contractor will get a failing grade.

Biking Lanes -- They fell down those few acacia trees for road widening, but some portions were appropriated by business establishments as their parking areas. Environmentalists must be gnashing their teeth in anger.

Meanwhile, many are suggesting that those widened portions can be marked as bike lanes for tricycles and bike riders. Two known bike clubs in Angeles, the Team Morning Sun led by Abraham ‘Balam' Tayag and Peter Alfred Sangil of Tri Monkeys Cycling team are even suggesting that mini-barriers should be placed to minimize road accidents, and that there should be a no-nonsense and stricter police enforcement.

CCTV Monitors -- There is a real need for the installation of CCTV cameras, at least in the principal and secondary roads in Angeles City. Much better if monitors are installed on the Macarthur Highway stretch from Mabalacat, Angeles and San Fernando.

This is already the digital age. What is ironic, while some towns in Pampanga already covered their principal roads with CCTV monitors, not much can be said of the three cities. Let us justify that Angeles City is indeed Number 8 among the best governed cities, better than Paris, Seoul, Tokyo, San Francisco, Rome, Dubai, Frankfurt, New York and other world capitals.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 08, 2014.

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