Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario is cautioning the government in rushing the construction of the multi-billion peso flyover project in Tagum City.
The governor said that the said project was funded in the General Appropriations Act of 2017 thru House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of the 1st District.
Del Rosario said the project was allocated budget without first consulting the local government as to its feasibility.
He added that the first ever public hearing for the said project was only conducted Monday, April 23, 2018, when the first phase was almost completed and the next phase is about to start next month.
“The feasibility study and traffic impact assessment report is still ongoing. These studies should have been done before the construction of the flyover kasi the result of the studies would determine whether or not a P3B flyover is really needed. My position is that we should wait for the studies before construction,” Gov. Del Rosario said.
The governor revealed that even the Department of Public Works and Highways officials and the City Government of Tagum were unaware of the flyover project until such time Speaker Alvarez supposedly inserted the budget for the said project at the last minute.
“It turns out that DPWH didn’t know about a flyover project in Tagum until after the 2017 GAA was approved. Talagang Alvarez inserted the budget for the flyover without consulting anyone from the executive branch kasi even (Tagum City Mayor Allan) Rellon admitted that they adjusted their AIP based on the approved GAA. Baliktad ang proseso,” del Rosario said.
Flyover’s Phase 1 has a budget of P300 million that involved foundation works like footings and columns.
The next phase to start in May has a budget of P1 billion. Total budget for the flyover project in Tagum is P2.7 billion and is expected to be completed on 2021.
Gov. Del Rosario however said that based on information from DPWH officials during Monday’s hearing, the budget was increased to P3 billion.
The governor said that when he asked DPWH officials if the flyover project would still be needed once the Mindanao Railway Project (MRP) of the national government is constructed, the engineers could not say for certain.
The MRP is set to be started this year and will start off with the commuter line from Tagum City in Davao del Norte to Digos City in Davao del Sur.
This railway project will connect key Mindanao cities including Davao, Zamboanga, Butuan, Surigao, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and General Santos.