Officials, residents happy over lifting of CDO

July 5, 2015 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

SISON- The municipal officials headed by Mayor Mina Pangasinan and residents of this town particularly of Poblacion Centro, are happy that the cease and desist order issued by the provincial government for the repair of a portion of provincial road was lifted in principle.
Provincial Legal Officer Geraldine Baniqued announced the lifting of the CDO during a public hearing conducted here last July 1.
Mayor Pangasinan said the project was started in good faith to beat the onset of the rainy season. She said she wrote a letter to Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. last May 8 informing him about the project and asking for authority to start the it.
“We don’t have the intention to bypass the authority of the provincial government as it has been a practice already that when we repair and maintain the provincial road, no provincial permit has been sought from the provincial government. In fact, I have not yet seen any copy of a provincial permit,” Mayor Pangasinan said.

The portion of the provincial road that is being repaired a cost of P2.4 million, is adjacent to the newly constructed satellite market. The road was levelled with the existing elevation of the market.
Pangasinan said the ground work was started last May 12 and continued until they received the CDO last May 21, which was signed by Provincial Legal Officer Baniqued.
” We were informed that my letter of May 8 was only received by the Provincial Engineer’s Office on May 19. With due respect to the provincial government, we stopped our operations but subsequent letter was sent to the Governor Espino requesting the continuance of the project but we were advised not to (continue) the project,” Pangasinan said.

She said that she was dismayed over the action of the provincial government until engineers from the Provincial Engineer’s Office conducted inspection on the project site.
“The engineers told me that their office had been receiving complaints allegedly from the residents and the road length we are repairing is 1.7 kilometers. Thosewere not true,” she said.
She further said during the public hearing that no actual residents of the area where the project is located came to complain but all of them have shown support and requested it to be continued.
” Before the start of the project, we conducted massive information campaign among the residents informing them on the nature of work and how we will work on areas that will be affected in their homes. They understand the importance of the project. Those complaining are not residents of the area,” she further said.
After hearing the sentiments of the residents, Baniqued said she was lifting the CDO in principle subject to conditions that the technical recommendations of the Provincial Engineer’s Office will be followed, which Mayor Pangasinan agreed.
The public hearing was also attended by 5th District Danilo C. Uy and Provincial Engineer Antonette Delos Santos.

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