DPWH paves Dagupan City’s ‘Abortion Road’

October 27, 2014 at 2:04 am Leave a comment


DESPITE ABSENCE OF FUNDS

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY– “What abortion road?” asked the new chief of the Pangasinan’s 2nd Engineering Office of the Department of Publics Works & Highway when asked if the construction of the rough and tumble Tambak-Tebeng Road here was already started.
District Engineer Rodolfo Dion said despite the absence of the P11 Million Special Allotment and Release Order (SARO) allocation from the Department of Agriculture, he saw to it that three days after occupying his post in Lingayen early this month, the road was paved by his office’s road grader. He said his personnel will cover soon the potholes and put asphalt on some parts of the two- km road.
The controversial road here was dubbed by the media as the worst road for pregnant women.
“If you want to fix a badly conditioned road, you don’t need a SARO to expedite the project,” he said.
He stressed that he immediately used his office funds and asked some friends in the construction business to pool some P40,000 for diesel of the grader, gravel, asphalt, and snacks to smoothen the road.
He said the road is not totally badly-shaped.
“There were some portions that we paved,” he said.
When told he has beaten his two predecessors in solving the discomfort given by the perennial “hell road” to motorists, Dion, whose last assignment was DE in Ilocos Sur, downplayed the compliment.
“I was just doing my job,” he said.
The concreting of the Tambak-Tebeng Road needs more than P40 million for the entire two-km road.
Former DE Yolanda Tangco earlier told this paper the P11 million funds for the construction of the Tambac-Tebeng road came from a realignment of the DA in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija.
“But this road was included in the list of projects to be funded by the DA. They are going to release P11 million but it is not enough,” she said.
Tangco said without SARO her office could not bid out the construction of the road that traverses two villages here.
She cited that concreting of one kilometre of road costs the government P20 million, including establishment of slope protection against flood.
She said without slope protection, concreting of a one kilometre road line will be between P16 million to P20 million.

“Gagawin na namin 0.28 (meters) ang thickness or almost one foot because it will be an alternative road. Hindi na siya puwedeng i-design ng barangay (road) lang,” she stressed.
The 0.28 meter thickness is the standard for a national highway.
Meanwhile, Dion said his last assignment in Ilocos Sur covered 24 towns under a first class congressional district.
Although that province this year has an allocation of more than P800 million versus the P600 million in his new post that covers the 2nd and 4th Congressional Districts of Pangasinan, Dion was happy that he was back in his old post.
“It’s nice to be back since I know a lot of people here,” the soft spoken native of Dagupan City said.

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