Road­work de­lays killing busi­ness

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Wheels - Atty. Jerome G. Neri BRT FEED­BACK.

AF­TER al­most two years, the short three­k­ilo­me­ter stretch of A.S. For­tuna St. is al­most done. Peo­ple around that area have al­ready suf­fered too much. Two of my fa­vorite restau­rants have closed down due to those road re­pairs. I’m pretty sure that a lot of busi­nesses in that area suf­fered so much busi­ness losses due to the in­com­pe­tent de­lay of the re­pair of A.S. For­tuna. Now that a new world record has been set for the long­est time it takes to ce­ment a three kilo­me­ter road, please DPWH, do not ever again let this hap­pen.

The thing about A.S, For­tuna is that P.B. Obial Con­struc­tion started work­ing on it on Fe­bru­ary 2014. They im­me­di­ately de­stroyed the roads so that it could be ce­mented. But af­ter de­stroy­ing the roads in Fe­bru­ary 2014, they prac­ti­cally stopped and con­tin­ued maybe four months ago with very rapid work. The ques­tion is why did they make the mo­tor­ing pub­lic suf­fer that long? Now I can­not eat my fa­vorite tonkatsu as that hole in the wall Ja­panese Restau­rant be­side Dew Foam is closed. Park­ing there be­came im­pos­si­ble for over six months so now it is closed.

What was worse with this project is that the peo­ple of the con­trac­tors did not care at all. They do the ma­jor work at the height of rush hour be­tween 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. pour­ing con­crete, caus­ing traf­fic and in­stead of some of them help­ing to direct traf­fic to make it eas­ier, you see a num­ber of them do­ing noth­ing.

Now that nearly all the work is done and the road is fine again, I still be­lieve that the peo­ple who were af­fected and suf­fered losses due to the un­rea­son­able length of time it took the con­trac­tor and the DPWH to fin­ish such a short road de­serve some dam­age com­pen­sa­tion. It is but right and jus­ti­fi­able.

I have re­ceived so much feed­back from my pre­vi­ous col­umn about the BRT. As you all know, I op­pose it with a pas­sion. Peo­ple just do not get it. We do not have space for huge struc­tures in the mid­dle of the road. In the ar­eas where

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