Public works told to submit realistic reports

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

PALO, Leyte -- Field offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) should submit accurate damage reports caused by calamities and not estimate costs just to obtain funds, an official said.

In an interview Tuesday, Regional Director Rolando Asis said the P12.8-million cost of restoration report culled out by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council is still subject to validation.

“I told our district engineering offices not to submit damage reports for funding purposes. If the amount is minimal, it can be covered by the maintenance fund. My instruction is that when they make an estimate, it has to be accurate,” Asis said.
Among those with reported damages in Eastern Samar were the Layug Bridge in San Julian; San Pedro Bridge in Quinapondan; Sulat Bridge and some road sections in Sulat; approaches and pier of Buyayawon Bridge in Mercedes; and deck slab of San Eduardo Bridge in Oras, Eastern Samar.
“The movement of deck slabs of Sulat Bridge and San Eduardo Bridge is due to seismic movement, eventually, it will be restored to its normal position. There are no damages in there,” he added.
In the case of Layug Bridge, he said, it’s not passable because there is an ongoing reconstruction of both lanes. The detour has been established since DPWH implemented the project early this year.
Approaches of Buyayawon Bridge in Mercedes, Eastern Samar with restoration cost of P3 million, will not be repaired immediately since it is covered by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) funding, according to reports.
”Rehabilitation of damaged roads and bridges along Paranas-Taft-Borongan-Guiuan Road will be funded by MCC. There’s no need to request for financial assistance from the National Government,” he added.
The MCC has set aside $214.44 million grant, which aims to rehabilitate the 220-kilometer Samar road passing through 15 municipalities of the Island. The first package is set for implementation between August and September this year. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)


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