THE Cebu City Development Council (CDC) approved and endorsed yesterday more than P5 billion worth of projects that several National Government agencies want to be implemented in the city next year.
These projects include the P3.37 billion from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Cebu City Engineering District, P1.5 billion from the Department of Education (DepEd) Cebu City Division and P114.7 million from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) Cebu.
The projects will now be endorsed to the Regional Development Council (RDC) 7 also for their approval.
Once it gets their nod, it will then be forwarded to the National Government for inclusion in its 2016 annual budget.
But before the proposed projects were approved yesterday, Councilor Margarita Osmeña asked the CDC if the projects, particularly those proposed by the DPWH, have been reviewed and approved by City Hall’s executive department through the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW).
This, considering that there are projects of the National Government in the past that were opposed by the City Government. She said some were even ordered stopped.
“It is really very embarrassing that we will forward this to the RDC and then there are questions there raised by our very own local government unit. It is awkward. We should have one voice,” she said.
Aside from this, she said it will be good if the projects are reviewed by the DEPW to avoid duplication of the City-funded projects.
Engr. Oscar Abordo of the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) said that when the City received copies of the proposed DPWH projects for 2016, these were endorsed to DEPW.
During the CDC infrastructure committee meeting last Friday, Abordo said the only concern raised by DEPW Chief Engr. Jose Marie Poblete is for DPWH to coordinate with DEPW when the projects will be implemented.
The P3.3 billion worth of projects that DPWH wants implemented in the city include road rehabilitation and widening and flood control measures in the barangays.
Based on the list submitted by DPWH, some P1.4 billion in infrastructure projects are being proposed in the north district and P1.96 billion for the south district.
Former city councilor lawyer Jose Daluz III, who attended the CDC Full Council meeting, said the CDC infrastructure committee could have also reviewed thoroughly the proposed DPWH projects.
However, he said they only received a copy of the document last April 10 during the committee meeting.
“We are pressed for time because the deadline (for endorsement to RDC) is April 15,” he said.
Cathy Ruiz, a representative of Kaabag sa Sugbo, a non-government organization, later moved for the CDC secretariat to inform all National Government agencies of the schedule of meetings of the CDC so they can attend and present the projects they want to be endorsed for the 2017 budget cycle.
She also moved that the agencies make sure that the projects and programs it wants to be implemented are reflective of the needs of the city.
As for the P1.5 billion in proposed projects of DepEd that were approved yesterday, much of it will be spent to meet the requirements for the K to12 program.
These include additional classrooms (P577 million), repair of existing classrooms (P287.6 million), chairs (P36 million), sanitation facilities (P16.3 million), books and instructional materials (P114.6 million), and additional teachers (P275.3 million) among others.
For the P114.7 million proposed projects of Tesda, it will cover the training for work scholarship program (P13.3 million), construction of a four-storey building for Tesda facilities (68 million), rehabilitation of regional training center (P20 million) and private education student financial assitstance (P3.1 million) among others.