Mt. Prov­ince bridge up for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Re­porter

THE Bridge CHICO in Karayan Bon­toc, Moun­tain Prov­ince which was par­tially dam­aged dur­ing the on­slaught of Typhoon Lawin in Oc­to­ber 2016 is set for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fol­low­ing the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion this month. This was ini­ti­ated by the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways-CAR-Re­gional Of­fice (DPWH-CARRO), in co­or­di­na­tion with the Moun­tain Prov­ince First District Engi­neer­ing Of­fice (MPFDEO).

In a mem­o­ran­dum dated April 26, 2018, En­gi­neer Edgardo En­riquez of the DPWH- CAR-RO, re­quested for a co­or­di­na­tion meet­ing with all stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing the con­trac­tor, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit and the oc­cu­pants of struc­tures ad­ja­cent to the bridge. "This meet­ing is just an ini­tial un­der­tak­ing to set­tle what­ever is­sues or con­cerns which will be raised. We take the chance of the pres­ence of our project en­gi­neer and our project man­ager to an­swer ques­tions," MPFDEO District Alexan­der En­gi­neer Cas­tañeda said. The Chico Karayan Bridges was dam­aged due to the scour­ing in its piles. As­sess­ment and re­assess­ment of the dam-

age done to the struc­ture by DPWH au­thor­i­ties re­vealed the bridge will have to be re­con­structed af­ter a pro­posal the dam­aged piers will un­dergo retrofitting to spare the peo­ple the has­sles of the to­tal re­place­ment of the bridge.

Con­sid­er­ing the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ex­pense, DPWH Cen­tral Of­fice deemed re­con­struc­tion would be more ben­e­fi­cial to the peo­ple and more ad­van­ta­geous to the gov­ern­ment.

"We wish to work on the project while weather con­di­tions per­mit and for the project to be com­pleted on time. We appeal to the oc­cu­pants to co­op­er­ate and to help re­solve con­flicts am­i­ca­bly," Cas­tañeda added.

Cas­tañeda ex­plained ob­struc­tions will have to be cleared, hope­fully with no re­sis­tance since the DPWH would not want to re­sort to court lit­i­ga­tions which would cause de­lay to the project.

Con­tract cost is at P208, 279, 496.07 while the no­tice to pro­ceed was is­sued to the con­trac­tor on April 13 with a pro­jected du­ra­tion of 450 cal­en­dar days and is ex­pected to be com­pleted on July 12, 2019.

How­ever, due to some un­ex­pected ob­struc­tion within the con­struc­tion site, ne­go­ti­a­tions had to take place to iron out re­sis­they tance from af­fected res­i­dents.

“There is a dire need to pro­tect struc­tures, es­pe­cially bridges be­cause our peo­ple will be the ones to suf­fer most should these be­come im­pass­able due to nat­u­ral or man-made dis­as­ters. We should learn from our ex­pe­ri­ences af­ter Typhoon Lawin in 2016. We can­not af­ford to be iso­lated from the world,” Cas­tañeda added.

Photo by Red­jie Melvic Cawis

UP FOR RE­HAB. Tri­cy­cles take turn in pass­ing through the Samoki Bridge in Bon­toc, Moun­tain Prov­ince. The bridge is still up for ren­o­va­tion af­ter be­ing dam­aged by a typhoon in 2016.

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