The Pandan-Magalang Road Project

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014


DAMAGES -- The public's negative response on the undertaken road projects in Angeles City should serve as a lesson to contractors who underbid. The construction of the Pandan-Magalang road by a contractor from Tarlac was characterized by so many delays, that the slippage not only inconvenience the residents of nearby barangays, angered motorists and hizzoners but also defrauded businesses establishments lined up along the stretch of the road.

There is a lesson learned here for the bosses of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Know your mathematics. The approve agency estimate (AGE) was a little more than P100 million and it awarded the road project at P60 million, more than P40 million less of the cost. How in the world the contractor can finish it with that amount within the set quality control of road construction. To DPWH top brasses: do not use mathematics alone. Use your coconut, please.

PHASE 2 -- The second phase of the Pandan-Magalang road will start from the roundabout area near the Marquee Mall and will extend up to the boundary of Angeles City and Barangay Sapang Maisac, Mexico. It has yet to be bidded. No details of the second phase was disclosed yet. In the meanwhile, the Angeles City Council last Tuesday approved a resolution urging the DPWH to exclude the contractor of the first phase in future biddings. My resolution got the unanimous support from members and supported by Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting.

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Phase one, as it is now, is only half completed. The public works project engineer from DPWH region 3 promised completion at the end of next month. Let's see. If that won't happen, Pandan Barangay Captain Jerry Alejandrino and the whole members of the barangay council who were present in last Tuesday city council session promised to rally in front of DPWH office in Sindalan, City of San Fernando.

IT STINKS -- 'This mountain of garbage is destroying the environment and the health of our people'. The officers and members of the Guardian Brotherhood held a protest against the illegal dumpsite in Pampang. I hope city hall will take notice and act fast.

The dumpsite is just few meters away from the Pampang Public market, a stone’s throw away from the City College of Angeles and some 200 meters from the Ospital ning Angeles. The foul odor affects at least four heavily populated areas, barangays Lourdes Northwest, Sta.Teresita, Malabanas and Amsic.

Paging Mayor Edpam! Please Mr. Mayor crack the whip now before people who will get sick begin to file mountain of cases against the city government.

ADMIRABLE-'Ang saya saya nila'. Pampanga Governor Lilia 'Nanay Baby' Pineda gave P14 million to Mabalacat City for expansion of the Mabalacat District Hospital. It is almost finished, said the newspaper report. But there was a specific order from Nanay. 'I want a dedicated ward for the executive check-up of barangay officials who are serving as frontliners in public service', said the governor. Pwede po ba kami magpa- executive check-up diyan at ang aming mga barangay officials from Angeles, governor? Paki-txt lang po ako and say yes naman. Thank you!

PRE-MARITAL SEX -- The Commission on Population found in a recent survey that two of five Filipinos living in the Central Luzon region, age ranging from 15 to 24, had sex before marriage and result to unwanted pregnancies. You only discovered that now? Matagal na yan. Young people today are more promiscuous due to failure of government in monitoring TV shows, sexy billboards, and distribution of DVDs showing explicit sexual themes.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 14, 2014.

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