QUEZON province's No. 1 media man, radio and print journalist Gemi Formaran has called out District Engineer Del Rosario C. Naca of the Quezon 2nd Engineering Office on the issue of a bridge that Gemi claimed continues to endanger motorists, commuters and pedestrians alike.
Formaran and ace radioman-writer Ace Fernandez, in their radio program over Spirit FM Lucena, said the "foundation" of the Lagnas Bridge has been weakened by soil erosion and previous floods.
The two claimed that the DPWH Quezon Second knows about the problem, because what they did was just a palliative band-aid solution, but it is not enough to claim safety for motorists and other bridge users. The Lagnas bridge might collapse, the announcers said.
Formaran and Fernandez also wanted to know what the congressman of Quezon's second district is doing to get funds for the repair of the bridge.
Formaran correctly pointed out that with the collapse of the Bantilan Bridge that connects Sariaya town with San Juan town in Batangas due to the typhoon and flash floods several months ago, most of the motorists going to Lucena from Manila have skipped the Batangas route and are now using the usual San Pablo City way. This doubled the number of vehicles passing Lagnas bridge, and the problem has been compounded.
Perhaps Undersecretary Robert Bernardo and Regional Director Jovel Mendoza can help? These two officials are very capable and hardworking, consistently delivering good and timely results.
Let us just see Lagnas bridge as what it is — a problem of road and bridge maintenance, which the government is duly mandated to do. Those who would want to put political color on this are duly warned by this View from Calumpang column with this full disclosure — that Gemi Formaran, a devout critic of the Suarez administration, is identified with Governor Dra. Helen Tan, while Congressman Jay-jay is a Suarez.
But I don't want to digress.
It is a whiff of fresh air, this news that the DPWH Region 4-A has reported that the Dasmarinas-GMA-Carmona Diversion Road is now 33-percent finished.
This bypass road in Cavite province is currently under construction. This 4.6-kilometer, 6-lane road is envisioned to ease the travel of people and cargo in the towns of Carmona (soon to become a city, according to Senator Francis "Tol" Tolentino), General Mariano Alvarez (GMA) and Dasmarinas City.
The road begins along Paliparan Road, a tertiary road in Dasmarinas, and will traverse through GMA and end at Governor's Drive in Carmona.