THE Crusade for Clean Government is aligned with the Philippine Councilors’ League (PCL) Northern Mindanao chapter in sending a strong message to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar: fix your bridge project in Opol right and with no delay.
Better still, the good secretary is hereby directed to see for himself how tasteless and awfully disgusting are the elevated bridges now under construction at snail-paced, “slomo” (read: slow motion) fashion.
Mr. Villar, you recently sacked the lady regional director of your department but that was not the ultimate solution we are asking for. That was a déjà vu kind of management decision.
A replacement could not do a miracle to correct the missteps by your contractor in the building that “collapsible” bridge along the highway in Opol. It’s a no-brainer either.
Simply put, that Opol traffic mess is a command responsibility thing.
What we would like you to take upfront in this particular long-delayed DPWH project is a proactive course of action on the matter at hand. To say it straight: finish the project, pronto!
In fact, the PCL has already petitioned Malacanang to step into the Opol bridge construction slur.
The PCL complaint wants the DPWH to answer these: why did the Edsa-like traffic woes in Opol became so epic in proportion such that flights were missed, business transactions were cancelled, and worst, it prolonged anger from hundreds of stranded commuters?
The Opol experience has created a chilling effect, a regression of faith in governance vis-à-vis the DPWH culture of inefficiency and corruption.
It thus rendered an insurmountable anguish and generated countless opportunities lost.
We, the taxpayers, are already fed up with the way public projects are being executed by DPWH in the region. The bare truth is, we still don’t see any significant changes happening in the DPWH.
The ghost of corruption is still hounding the DPWH, a culture so deeply rooted into the very core of public service where people’s taxes are wasted, divested, fettered and festered. The people deserve no less.
That bridge in Opol is indeed awful!