LEGAZPI CITY — “Optimize the budget through prudent and objective selection of projects to ensure desired social outcome” said Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson during the meeting with Bicol DPWH key officials at the department’s regional office in Rawis here on Jan. 4.
The right projects according to Singson are those that would complement tourism, food self-sufficiency of the populace and the development of industrial zones. “Identified projects will undergo honest to goodness public bidding,” Singson said.
To assure the public of quality projects, DPWH will source out Quality Assurance Team (QAT) aside from its In-House Teams, and will also impose on contractors to create their own QAT. “Start imposing conditions to contractors now,” he urged his men.
The arrival of Singson with his undersecretary for Regional Operations, Romeo Momo was prompted by the recent calamity in Bicol particularly, Albay province wherein a state of calamity was declared by Governor Joey Sarte Salceda due to the incessant rainfall resulting to flash floods and landslides in some areas of Albay.
From the Legazpi City Airport, the DPWH top officials with Regional Director Danilo Dequito and Assistant Regional Director Jesus Salmo inspected the Padang Section of Legazpi City-Sto. Domingo-Tabaco-Tiwi Road.
The road section was totally closed to traffic at 11:00 in the morning of Dec. 30, 2010 due to flash flood. DPWH immediately deployed equipment in the area for clearing operations. At 3:00 p.m., the road was opened for light vehicles but was ordered closed by Governor Salceda as precautionary measure against massive lahar flow. The road was opened to all types of vehicles at 8:40 in the evening of same day.
Salceda who joined the DPWH officials during their field inspection recommended for the construction of an elevated road from Arimbay to Sto. Domingo to make it passable even during heavy rains. The group also inspected the landslide prone areas of Legazpi-Manito Road and Tiwi (Albay)-Sangay (Camarines Sur).