DPWH dis­trict en­gi­neer told: Fin­ish the bridge or re­sign

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Reporter

MACABEBE - “I am now chal­leng­ing you, if you do not fin­ish con­struct­ing the bridge and re-open it on De­cem­ber 15, 2018, you re­sign.”

This was the chal­lenge is­sued by Pam­panga Pro­vin­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tor Andres Pangili­nan, Jr. to De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways First Dis­trict En­gi­neer­ing Of­fice head Engr. Almer Mi­randa who fa­cil­i­tates the con­struc­tion of the Cad­uang Tete bridge in this town.

Pangili­nan, in a Facebook post, hit Mi­randa for the de­layed com­ple­tion of the bridge which al­legedly is caus­ing much in­con­ve­nience to the res­i­dents of Macabebe and Masan­tol town.

He lamented the slow con­struc­tion of the bridge which started in May 2018 and was ini­tially sup­posed to be com­pleted in Oc­to­ber this year, but was ex­tended to Novem­ber 30, and then ex­tended anew to De­cem­ber 15 of this year by the DPWH.

Since the start of con­struc­tion, the Cad­uang Tete bridge, which is vi­tal to the trans­porta­tion of Masan­tol and Macabebe towns, was closed to the pub­lic and mo­torists who were redi­rected to Pam­panga Delta Dike r oute.

“You killed the economy of the two towns in Pam­panga and worse, you are bur­den­ing the peo­ple who are pay­ing for your salaries. We are al­ready full of your ex­cuses, so might as well fin­ish the bridge on the date you promised or re­sign,” Pangili­nan stressed.

Mi­randa, for his part, as­sured Pangili­nan and the pub­lic that the DPWH and the con­trac­tor are al­ready work­ing dou­ble time to fin­ish the pro­ject on time and re­open be­fore Christ­mas day.

He dis­closed that as of yes­ter­day, the con­trac­tor was al­ready able to launch two gird­ers, and will con­tinue to launch the re­main­ing two to­day un­til to­mor­row, and steel deck­ing will fol­low im­me­di­ately.

“We are ask­ing for the un­der­stand­ing of Atty. Jun Pangili­nan and the res­i­dents of Macabebe and Masan­tol town for the in­con­ve­nience the pro­ject has caused. Rest as­sured that we are work­ing hard to fin­ish the con­struc­tion as soon as pos­si­ble,” he said.

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