Provincial Board Member Cesareo Benedito, Jr. proposed on Tuesday to invite officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to a committee meeting to determine why the Barangay Maasin Bridge in Brooke’s Point is still unfinished and is recently causing problems for locals during the rainy season.
The river under the bridge recently overflowed in Maasin and left several motorists stranded on each side. Because the bridge is unfinished, motorists would pass by a road beside the river.
According to Benedito, the bridge is an important access points both to locals and travelers passing by. When torrential rains strike, the road beside the bridge would be too dangerous to cross because of raging floodwaters.
“Base sa obserbasyon ko, ilang taon nang hindi pa tapos ang tulay na to. Ang sabi nila, pitong taon na raw. Tuwing uulan nang malakas, kasi may ginawang daan ito sa gilid ng tulay, at tuwing umuulan nang malakas, nai-istranded ang mga sasakyan. Hindi lang mula sa Brooke’s Point, pati na rin ang Bataraza, at pati na ang mga papunta o nanggaling sa Puerto Princesa City,” he said in a privilege speech.
Benedito requested that the issue be referred to the Board’s Committee on Infrastructure, with members of the DPWH and the bridge’s contractor. The Provincial Board has yet to set a date for the meeting.