Defective, costly megadike

DIRECTLY coming from elected officials like Malabon City Mayor Lenlen Oreta and Rep. Jaye Lacson-Noel such blunt word that is FAILURE would merely mean there must be wrong, something deplorable in the system.

They can’t be faulted anyway for they’re the easy targets of the cynics who believe they’re responsible over the mess brought about by the hugely defective 2003 P5.9-billion Flood Control and Drainage System Improvement Project of the Department of Public Works and Highways in CAMANAVA (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela) area.

Terribly appalled, Mayor Oreta and Rep. Lacson-Noel take the initiative to find measures to correct the major flaws of the project that if remains unattended to would mean a man-made disaster to the city and its residents as well.

“This ‘megadike’ project fails to meet the expectations of the residents, it did nothing for the city,” says the visibly-displeased Oreta.

Holding on to the promises of DPWH officials led by Engr. Carla Bartolo, the project director, the Malabon chief executive laments that the city has virtually been holding hostage as they rely on her as to when the necessary repairs and improvements will be made.

But since they can’t just sit and wait, the mayor and the lady lawmaker had to see the DPWH boss, Secretary Rogelio Singson, who apparently is convinced by the flawed ‘megadike’ project then ensures the release of some P700-million that can be used to build and rehabilitate anti-flood control facilities in Malabon.

“This time around, we make sure that we (in reference to her and Oreta) will personally supervise the project so that it will not be like the failed megadike,” says the Malabon lawmaker who has sought for the exclusion of Bartolo to the proposed project but the DPWH can’t just replace her saying she’s said to be knowledgeable on flood control projects.

So there you go.

Another Feat for Valenzuela

Kudos to the officials and employees of Valenzuela City, of course, to Mayor Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian over its latest feat with no less than President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III conferring the 2012 Most Business Friendly Local Government Unit Award-Highly Urbanized City Category.

“Without their support and full cooperation, no implemented program would have been successful,” says the outgoing mayor who now guns his sight to a congressional post of the city’s District 1 come 2013 local polls.

Bestowing the award, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc (PCCI) chairman Miguel Varela recognizes the city for its outstanding efforts in instituting good governance reforms to promote trade and investment not only for the benefit of the business community, but of the wide constituency, ensuring transparency and accountability.

Valenzuela City excelled in this year’s five key yardstick areas, namely: trade, investments and tourism promotions; public-private sector partnership; micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) development; quality management system, innovations, and human resources development; and inter-local government relations, according to the PCCI.

May your tribe multiply, Mayor Win.

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