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City engr admits RAY project delay

Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00

Special for The Capiz Times

 

ROXAS CITY—A city engineer here recently claimed there has been a delay of the rehabilitation of the City Hall, the Teodoro Arcenas Trade Center (TATC), and the Dinggoy Roxas Civic Center (DRCC).


Engr. Ardieli Ambrosio said if it were not for a “clerical error made by the City Treasurer’s Office on the official receipt,” the post-Yolanda rehabilitation projects funded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) would have been implemented earlier.


The official said that on April 11, 2014, the City Treasurer’s Office issued the receipt of the DILG Recovery Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) fund. But it was rejected when the total amount of funds were written on the receipts instead of indicating 80 percent of it. This prolonged the project from April 15 to July 21.


The first tranche of the RAY fund for the repair of the town market, civic center, and provincial, city or municipal hall was released in April; while the second tranche will be given if there is a substantial completion of the projects, Ambrosio added.


What follows are the breakdown for the first tranche—Roxas City Hall, P400,000; TATC, P2,660,159.20; and DRCC, P1,444,167.20.


The allotments per second tranche—yet to be released at this writing are, as follows: Roxas City Hall, P100,000; TATC, P665,039.80; and DRCC, P361,041.80.


Schedules of work are as follows: Roxas City Hall, Aug. 23 to Nov. 21; TATC, Oct. 1 to Dec. 30; and DRCC, Aug. 23 to Dec. 5.


As of November 8, the projects all had “positive slippages” which means the projects are ahead of schedule, said Ambrosio.


Damaged facilities in specific areas were as follows: roof, ridge roll, gutter, comfort room fixtures, and PVC pipe downspout for the City Hall; roofing, gutter, trusses, rollup gate and comfort rooms in DRCC; and roof, trusses and flashing in TATC.


On Nov. 11, a day before Interior Sec. Mar Roxas visited the city, Vice-Mayor Ronnie Dadivas visited TATC to check the repair work. Most of the roofing was completed but tarpaulins used to cover stalls when it rains were seen inside the different parts of the public market.


When Dadivas went to DRCC, people were seen cleaning the civic center and landscaping the part facing a local supermarket.


It was learned from one of the workers that they were instructed to do so in preparation for Roxas’ visit. One of the vendors said that they would also be allowed to return on November 14.


Ambrosio denied it saying that it was for the beautification of the area. “We knew there is only one place Mar will go: TATC,” he said in Hiligaynon.


The Roxas City Press Bureau posted on Facebook recently that the sidewalk vendors have an identification card, semi-permanent stalls and stall number with the help of the City License Division.


Ambrosio added that the City Hall’s comfort rooms were damaged because some people do not know how to use the faucets and toilets properly.


The City Hall, he said, was also used as a “charging station” when Roxas City as well as the entire province of Capiz lost power days after Yolanda.

THE HEAD of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI based in Iloilo City recently urged those in the tourism industry to make tourist destinations PWD-friendly.


Speaking before hotels and restaurants owners, provincial tourism officers, academe representatives, tour guides and members of the transport sector, DSWD 6 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre said that Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) should get what is due to them.


“PWDs deserve to also enjoy nature’s beauty. Things like access ramps or elevators for those who are unable to walk and booklets or reading materials that are in Braille for the visually challenged should be available,” she said.


Macapobre was one of the guests of the Regional Forum on Accessible Tourism hosted by the Department of Tourism 6 (DOT 6) and THE National Council on Disability Affairs held at Iloilo City’s Hotel Del Rio Nov 17.


“It would be interesting to see tourist spot employees who are able to use the sign language for the hearing and speech impaired. Help desks for PWDs, special seats in vehicles, restaurants and other places of interests. The presence of people trained to handle different kinds of PWDs. These are things which can make the lives of PWDs easier and more enjoyable, with less stress on their end,” Macapobre added.


Law Enforcement


Macapobre also called on Local Government Units (LGUs) and private sectorsto work together in the implementation of laws for PWDs, which include Republic Act (R.A.) No. 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons; R.A. 9442 which is an amendment of R.A. 7277; and the Batas Pambansa (BP) 344 or the Accessibility Law.


“We should make PWDs feel that they are an important part of the society,” she said. In Region 6, there are 87,519 PWDs recorded as of December 2010. Of this, 42, 990 are males while 44, 529 are females.


Of said number of PWDs, Negros Occidental has 26,618; Iloilo, 22,546; Capiz, 8,658; Antique, 8,007; Bacolod City, 6,482; Iloilo City, 6,334; Aklan, 6,137; and Guimaras, 2,737. (M. Griño-Caoyonan).

POLICE REGIONAL Office (PRO) 6 Director Josephus Angan said that about P31-million was released by the Philippine National Police for the repair of the various provincial headquarters, police stations and patrol cars in Western Visayas damaged by supertyphoon Yolanda last year.


Angan said this in a consultative meeting with governors, mayors and other local officials in Western Visayas last Nov. 12 for the status of the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Recovery Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) program.


“Through the strong support of Sec. Mar (Roxas), the PNP released some P31-million to Region VI,” he said.

 

During the meeting, Roxas also announced that PNP will be buying about 2,000 units of patrol cars in the next couple of years for various municipal police stations without patrol service and those with dilapidated patrol units.


“All the 1,490 towns will get a new patrol car,” stressed Roxas who also facilitated the provision of Department of Energy (DOE) generator sets at the Capiz Police Provincial Office and local police stations days after the typhoon.


Along with Secretaries Dinky Soliman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Voltaite Gazmin of the Department of National Defense and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Executive Director Alexander Pama, Roxas was in the city last Nov. 12 and 13 for the RAY concerns and additional assistance.


Aside from RAY, the national government has also the Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (CRRP) to ensure the build back better policy of the government after Yolanda. (Alex Lumaque)