‘We need wide roads, not many overpasses’

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Quezon province residents led by former Mayor Moises Villaseñor of Lucban town on Tuesday assailed the use of “pork” in the mushrooming construction of multi-million pedestrian overpasses.

Villaseñor, a three-term Lucban mayor cited the overpass in front of Southern Luzon State University (SLSU) on a six-meters wide road which cost P9 million from Quezon District I lawmaker Mark Enverga. Teachers and students of the university and residents in the area have made several appeals to the DPWH Quezon I Office, requesting that what they need is “road widening” to solve the traffic in the area.

A similar pedestrian overpass which was also constructed in Pagbilao, Quezon out of En-verga’s “pork” is also being questioned by the residents of the said municipality.

“We have already wasted hundreds of millions of government money for these useless projects, nobody is using the overpasses as it not practical to climb and down to about three-meters high overpasses instead of just traversing six-meters wide road” Villasenor said.


He further explained that said overpasses would be torn because of impending widening of roads in the areas.

“Definitely, overpasses were constructed not to serve its purpose but for the purpose of just getting and wantonly spending the pork,” Villasenor lamented

Since the construction of the overpasses were started over a year ago, the Sangguniang Bayan of Lucban, have passed several resolutions, appealing to DPWH Rogelio Singson to investigate the legitimacy of the projects, but the same fell on deaf ears.

Jing Villamente

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