Bince bats for the abolition of Agno Flood Control Office

November 21, 2010 at 8:33 am Leave a comment


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

LINGAYEN- “You have not done the mandate given to your office to mitigate the flooding in Pangasinan. I might as well pass a resolution abolishing your office for your incompetence.”

This was the statement by a dismayed 6th district Board Member Alfonso C. Bince, Jr. given to the project consultant and project engineers of the Project Management Office-Agno Flood Control System after the latter were not able to convince the provincial solons on their briefing on the status of the Agno Flood Control Project in the province in their session on November 12, 2010 at the Capitol Session Hall.

“Since 1974, you have not done concrete solutions to mitigate the province’s flooding. It is becoming worse and your office’s existence is therefore no longer justifiable,” a visibly irked Bince said.

Board Member Ranjit Ramos Shahani lamented also the reversion of the unused loan portion for the package III of the project ( Alcala to Asingan) from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which he said “is a manifestation of the delayed implementation of the project”.

Project Consultant Roger Pelaez and Alejandro Soza received verbal lashings when Board Member Amadeo Espino (Liga President) asked why their office could not even put sand and gravel on the alternate route leading to Bautista when the Hector Mendoza Bridge in Barangay Laoac, Alcala was rendered impassable.

“You were talking about millions of pesos here as the project cost of the Agno Flood Control Project and yet you can not even drop sand and gravel for an alternate route caused by the displacement of your project operations. Our people are suffering because of your inactions,” Espino said.

The presence of the consultant along with the project engineers of the Agno Flood Control System was upon the invitation of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for updates on the status of the flood control project in Pangasinan.

Project Director Resito V. David snubbed the invitation and instead sent a representative to the dismay of the provincial solons.

Shahani said that every time they will invite high officials from the said office, they just send their representatives who have no knowledge of the project in question.

However, the officials present during the briefing assured the solons that necessary actions will be taken up on their questions and requests regarding the implementation of the Agno Flood Control System in Pangasinan.

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