City pursues various infra projects

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014


THE local government of Zamboanga City is pursuing the implementation of several projects as efforts to improve the different public infrastructures and utilities continue in the city.

City Hall information officer Sheila Covarrubias said works on three government infrastructure projects, specifically the Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT), the main public market, and the City Disaster Reduction Management Center (DRRMC) are ongoing and are on various stages of completion.

The implementation of the projects, which have a total worth of P245 million, are under the supervision of the city engineer’s office headed by Engineer Luis Vicente Despalo.

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Covarrubias said the P175 million IBT project is 59.3 percent completed as of June 15, based on the updates from the city engineer’s office.

Majority of the workload on the IBT is currently concentrated on land preparation and development, the construction of physical structures, and the setting up of service utilities such as water and electricity, Covarrubias said.

She said initial work for the expansion of the national highway in front of the IBT, as well as the construction of the pedestrian overpass and drainage facilities have also started.

The makeover initiatives for the main public market are also ongoing and are 86.72 percent completed, while construction of the drainage system is passed the 70 percent completion mark.

The two projects have an estimated cost of approximately P43 million.

Covarrubias said the DRRMC is nearing completion, though work on the project is temporarily suspended due to pending change orders which the city engineer’s office is currently working out.

However, she said the P27-million project is ahead of schedule and is 88.36 percent completed despite the temporary stoppage of work.

The DRRMC is a two-storey building which will serve as the main agency which will receive all calamity-related reports, and direct and dispatch response teams during disasters.

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