Sagada, Mountain Province: If there is anything that may prove a substandard work, it is the cracks that can easily be found while traversing the P48-million Dantay-Sagada road repair/upgrade works.
Because of this, Mountain Province District Assistant Engineer Charles Sokoken said his office has not yet issued any certificate of acceptance to the BMK/ETLatawan Construction, which contracted the repair and upgrading works for the road project.
Some concerned citizens also asked Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson to investigate the project, which started in 2010 with a P181-mil- lion budget.
Sagada town in Mountain Province is a popular tourist destination in the north after American missionary John Staunton built a rough road that leads to the famous Anglican Church of St. Mary the Virgin. Tourists usually follow the rugged Dantay-Sagada road, it being the only familiar access to the area.
Several budget allocations were given for the concreting of the 13-kilometer stretch that leads from the national highway to the town center in the mid portion of the Sierra Madre.
Bayan Muna partylist, Sen. Francis Pangilingan and former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo have allotted funds for the completion of the project.
Some portions of the road, however, are still rough or filled with cracks.
From 2007 to 2011, several vehicular accidents were noted in the area killing at least 22 passengers in both private and public vehicles.
The latest incident involves Mayor Eduardo Latawan’s driver, who died after his car rolled over an embankment and fell into a ravine.
The concerned citizens told Singson that the the Dantay-Sagada road must be made safe for use by locals and visiting tourists.