By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
According to the head of the Bacolod City District Engineering Office, a division of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), inconveniences such as the drilling of holes into roads are the fault of contractors.
In response to inquiries questioning the practice of drilling holes into the road and leaving them open, such is the case with the drainage project along Montelibano Avenue, department head, Engr. Abraham Villareal, said contractors do that in order to “maximize the use of the equipment.”
“We should not sacrifice public convenience just because they want to maximize the use of their equipment,” he stated.
Villareal noted, such concerns will be included in pre-bid agreements, explaining, contracts would explicitly note if drilling holes into the road is a necessary part of a desired project.
In regards to the project along Montelibano Avenue, he explained, his office is currently installing P45 million worth of drainage, which covered 500 meters of road./WDJ