Saturday| July 1, 2017
THE City Government of Bacolod inaugurated a pedestrian overpass in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, on Thursday, June 29.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Road Board comptroller Conchu, along with Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Representative Greg Gasataya, and barangay officials led the ribbon-cutting ceremony held in front of Antonio L. Jayme Elementary School barangay around 10 a.m. on Thursday.
District Engineer Abraham Villareal of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Bacolod said the budget for the said project is P10.9 million, but the contract price is only P9.8 million. Of the project's total cost, structural steel alone costs P5.6 million, Villareal added.
The project was initiated by Leonardia and it started two years ago but was not immediately implemented after the previous administration did not allow its construction in the area.
It was completed only in January this year and was implemented by the DPWH through the financial support of the Road Board, a national funding agency that intends to provide projects for road repair, road safety, and air pollution control.
Conchu said the overpass is mainly for the safety of pupils, teachers, parents and residents in the area. “The instruction of President Rodrigo Duterte is to make our presence felt nationwide, that is why we started to have this kind of project, which is the first nationally-funded overpass in the country,” Conchu said. With such development, Gasataya said they have requested the Road Board to add three more pedestrian overpasses in strategic areas in the city.
Gasataya said they are eyeing to put up an overpass at the old airport near a call center company, near the Bacolod Government Center, and North Terminal in Barangay Bata. “We are happy that the Road Board has given attention to Bacolod and also we are hoping that more projects will be granted for us here," he added.
For his part, Leonardia felt grateful that the project was already implemented so that people can benefit from it. Aside from the overpass, the mayor also said that more projects will be implemented in the city through the help of the Road Board.
One of which is the street lighting project in Bacolod worth P50 million that is expected to be revived by the Road Board next year. Also, the Road Board is planning to put bicycle lanes in the city as soon as they have secured permits for the road right of way.
The bicycle lanes will be placed along the Circumferential Road (north and south), Bacolod to San Carlos City and Bacolod City boundary road.