After 10 years, the municipality of Pilar is closing in to get a fully concreted circumferential road.
Governor Hilario P. Davide III led a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Php 15 million concreting road projects in some sections of the town’s circumferential road. Vice Governor Agnes Magpale accompanied him.
Provincial Board Members Miguel Antonio Magpale and Jude Thaddeus Durano-Sybico were in Poro to lead the distribution of cash incentives for the barangay workers.
Data from the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) shows the concreting of the circumferential road was started by the previous administration.
Mayor Jesus Fernandez Jr. said 15 kilometers of the 26-kilometer road is now concreted. He also shared that Gov. Davide assured him to continue assist Pilar town in the road concreting project.
Based on the observation of the PPDO in an inspection last December 6, the road-concreting project was done by sections instead of concreting continuously.
This causes problems for the local public transport (habal‐habal and tricycle) because it takes them a longer time to travel. The end of each concrete pavement is a constant accident hazard to all types of vehicles,
Edsion Manso, 30, a vendor of processed food, said he hoped that the project will be completed soon. He said he would travel the whole circumferential road two times per week to sell his goods so a shorter time travel would benefit him.
Kung sementado ning kalsada mga tunga na lang sa oras ang byahe gikan sa Kawit paingon sa lungsod. Sa pagkakaron, moabot pag usa ka oras kapin, (If the road is fully concreted the travel time could take a little over 30 minutes from Barangay Kawit to Pilar proper. Right now, it takes about more than an hour,” said Manso.
The recent operation of a Roro in the municipal seaport caused an increase in the number of vehicles in the island.
Aside from road projects, the town also received Php 3 million for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of road damages brought about by typhoon Yolanda. The Capitol also downloaded Php 1.2 million to the town for a school building project in Barangay Maabog.
The town also received Php 2 million for the purchase of GI pipes. During the inspection however, the pump assembly that pushes water from the source to the reservoir has malfunctioned and needs immediate repair.
Mayor Fernandez imposed water-rationing remedy to the affected barangays while the pump underwent repair.
However, the PDDO recommended that two set of pumps be installed in which one will serve as a back-up. “Based on experience, a repaired pump will not be as effective as a new one and will be significantly less efficient,” reads the interim assessment report. “A repaired pump will also be prone to defects which will cause breakdown sooner than expected,” it added.