Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III yesterday said he is inquiring from the Bacolod City District Engineering Office about the status of the five projects he has extended for the city.
Pimentel told the DAILY STAR that he may visit Bacolod City any time soon to check on the projects himself.
He stressed that his inquiry is a normal procedure, as he wants to know how the budget he provided for these projects was spent.
Among the projects Pimentel is inquiring about, are the rehabilitation of the multi-purpose buildings in Puroks Punay and Aguila in Brgy. 16 and in Brgy. 39, the repair of Lacson Street, and of the Sum-ag Public Market.
Pimentel said OIC District Engineer Reynaldo Venturina has already sent a report on the updated status of the projects.
In his letter to Pimentel dated May 24, a copy of which was obtained by the DAILY STAR and AKSYON Radyo Bacolod yesterday, Venturina said, most of the projects are near completion.
The rehabilitation of the multi-purpose buildings in Puroks Punay and Aguila in Barangay 16, which both began on April 20, 2012, and with an allotted budget of P700,000, are now 59 to 75 percent completed, Venturina said.
The repair of the multi-purpose building in Brgy. 39 with allotted budget of P1,000,000 that started on May 10, is already 70 percent done, while the P1.3 million rehabilitation project of the Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod that began on May 1 is already 31.60 percent finished, he said.
As to the installation of brick tiles at the sidewalks along Lacson Street, that started on May 10, Venturina said, it is only 1.5 percent completed because they lack cement tile materials and the completion is also affected by the bad weather.
He said he already talked to the contractor of the project so they could purchase the materials needed for its completion in Iloilo City.
Venturina assured Pimentel that once the materials arrive they will resume the work immediately so the project would be finished even it has already passed its due date which was June 7.*APN