Isko Moreno wants projects finished in Manila within projected deadline

Published July 5, 2019, 2:19 PM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By Hanah Tabios

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and private utility firms to finish their respective projects in the city within the projected deadline.

(Photo courtesy: Manila PIO / MANILA BULLETIN)
(Photo courtesy: Manila PIO / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a closed-door Manila reintegration meeting on Thursday at the Manila City Hall, Domagoso asked the officials to submit to his office their one year expansion for reconstruction or rehabilitation infrastructure plans in Manila.

This was not only to allow them to plan early for any contingency, but also to reduce the impact of any traffic congestion.

Domagoso said this was being felt most in cases of road reblockings and repair of street lights.

Domagoso also issued this appeal to telecom companies Globe and Smart, water concessionaires  Manila Water and Maynilad, and electric power distribution company Meralco to attend to their projects and make sure they are finished within the allotted project timeline, so as to avoid being blacklisted.

“I don’t want to see their equipment on the streets when their contract period expires. They make us look stupid as if there is no government in Manila,” he said.

He also said that he will strictly prohibit the extension of contracts for the infrastructure projects.

“Kung ang nasa contract period ay 120 days, tapusin ninyo ng 120 days. Sabihin ninyo yan sa mga kontraktor ninyo. Once extended, dagdag perwisyo ‘yan,” the new Manila mayor added.

Furthermore, his office also vowed to fast track the processing of licenses and permits.

In fact, automated processing is poised to begin on July 24.