Traffic in Baguio caused by DPWH drainage system project, says city exec

BAGUIO CITY – City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) head, Engineer Evelyn Cayat, on Monday informed the Baguio City Council that the Department of Public Works and Highways – Baguio City District Engineering Office (DPWH-BCDEO) did not coordinate with the proper local government offices before undertaking the current drainage project construction around the city which resulted in traffic congestion within the Central Business District (CBD).

Considering this information, the council requested the DPWH-BCDEO to properly and closely coordinate with the City Engineering Office (CEO) and the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO).

The DPWH-BCDEO through Assistant District Engineer Rene Zarate, offered on loan its master plan of Baguio City’s drainage system, for the reference of the CEO and CEPMO.

Zarate said the study contains the condition of the roads and bridges, type of surface, thickness of the pavement, available drainage systems.

The council also requested the DPWH-BCDEO, CEO and CEPMO to consider the contents of Resolution 252 s. 2012 – “to consider other waterways to divert the flow of the water instead of concentrating the diversion of the water flow to the Bued and Balili rivers.”

The DPWH-BCDEO representative, at the same time, informed the city council that the remaining 17 drainage projects are 70 percent complete while four projects being handled by the DPWH-CAR will likely be completed by the end of July.

The Abanao St – Harrison Rd and other drainage projects being implemented by the regional office in the CBD will be completed by the end of June, Zarate said. PNA/