Sec. Vil­lar help sought

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Maria Elena Cata­jan Sun*Star Re­porter

IF ALL else fails, Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways Sec­re­tary Mark Vil­lar will be asked to in­ter­cede in the Baguio Con­ven­tion Cen­ter is­sue.

An ex­as­per­ated Coun­cilor Myleen Yara­non said a res­o­lu­tion ask­ing the DPWH - Cordillera to fol­low the city ap­proved plans for the con­ven­tion cen­ter re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion will be the last step they can do to make things right.

"DPWH should be the one to con­vince us on any changes, and why they can­not im­ple­ment the bided plans," Yara­non said.

Yara­non added a let­ter to Vil­lar will be sent

if the re­gional of­fice will not heed the call made by the city of­fi­cials in a bid to seek guid­ance and hope for com­pli­ance.

Yara­non stands firm with the en­tire City Coun­cil that plans made by the tech­ni­cal work­ing group com­posed of city ex­perts and stake­hold­ers will be best for the con­ven­tion cen­ter which the DPWH is con­vinced to be flawed.

"They have no rea­son not to (im­ple­ment the plans), the mayor and coun­cilors stand are the same. If they in­sist on the re­vised plan that the con­trac­tor pre­pared, then they should jus­tify it with struc­tural de­sign com­pu­ta­tions, based on the re­port of CBAO," she said.

"If the city will not ac­cept the work, con­trac­tor will not be paid. Maliit lang yun. Next move is to call the at­ten­tion of Vil­lar and go to na­tional DPWH. If heads have to roll, so be it," Yara­non added if DPWH con­tin­ues to defy calls made by the city.

In the past, DPWH re­gional di­rec­tor Ti­bor­cio Can­las stood firm on plans made by the depart­ment for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion say­ing the mez­za­nine floor pushed by the city can­not be ac­com­mo­dated as the con­ven­tion cen­ter struc­ture can­not sup­port the planned ad­di­tion of another floor like­wise nix­ing the need for an el­e­va­tor and es­ca­la­tor.

Can­las said the seat­ing ca­pac­ity of the con­ven­tion cen­ter has been in­creased and will be able to ac­com­mo­date at least 1300 with the DPWH plans.

The DPWH of­fi­cial like­wise pointed to dam­age wrought by trea­sure hunter Eliseo Cabusao to the BCC and said no com­mu­ni­ca­tion has been made by Cabusao since an ini­tial meet­ing months ago, in­form­ing him of dam­age.

Baguio City Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan has also asked to com­pare re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion plans pre­sented separately by the TWG and the DPWH.

Do­mo­gan said the DPWH must be able to jus­tify the re­vi­sions made by their team as op­posed to the ap­proved plans made by the nine-mem­ber TWG cre­ated by the City Gov­ern­ment, if plans of the TWG are proven to be in­deed flawed and not fea­si­ble, the City Gov­ern­ment will use the re­vised plans of DPWH as guide in the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the BCC.

The mayor is ask­ing for a dia­log be­tween city of­fi­cials and the DPWH which has yet to be granted.

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