The city government targets to fully equip the City Engineering Office (CEO) with heavy equipment needed to perform its functions in a bid to fast-track the implementation of infrastructure projects in Puerto Princesa City.
Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron said that his administration is pushing for the acquisition of equipment to ensure the timely implementation of projects and to speed up the completion of four satellite city halls in Brgy. Napsan, Macarascas, Luzviminda and San Rafael.
On Monday, July 8, 2019, he announced that he appointed former City Councilor Modesto Jonjie Rodriguez II as one of his executive assistants who will administer the construction of the four satellite city halls.
“Siya (Rodriguez) ang hahawak sa ating mga mini-city hall. Tayo ay magpapadala ng maraming equipment doon para maapura ang pagpatrabaho. Ito ay part ng ating Equipment Acquisition Program ng 2019,” Mayor Bayron said.
He further said that each satellite city hall will be provided with 10-wheeler truck, 6-wheeler truck, grader, payloader and other necessary equipment.
Mayor Bayron explained that he also wanted to fully equip the CEO with equipment by 2021 so that they will be capable of implementing projects by administration.
“By 2020 ay mayroon na tayong capability at by 2021 full na ang equipment natin. At ang city engineering ay dapat maka-focus na dyan. Lahat ay by administration na,” he said.
On September last year, the Sangguniang Panlungsod summoned the city engineer during its “question hour” over the delayed implementation of infra projects in the city. The CEO defended that the lack of manpower and equipment hampered their implementation of these projects, mostly road construction project.
Mayor Bayron said that he already approved the creations of additional positions for CEO to address the concerns.
The blessing of the heavy equipment was made on Monday morning and the city government assured that more units will be delivered to the city hall within tbe year.
“Ang mga construction equipment units ay napurchased sa ilalim ng Acquisition Program for 2019 sa pamamagitan ng 20 percent development fund para makapagumpisa sa paglalagay ng apat (4) na satellite city halls na makapagbibigay at hatid serbisyo para sa mga napakalalayong mga barangays. Ang mga ito ay partial pa lang ng equipment acquisition program para sa 2019. Marami pang darating at ang target talaga para sa full implementation ng ating mga mini city halls. Kapag nakumpleto natin ang mga ito, ‘yong mga maintenance ng ating mga kalsada sa labas na kailangang-kailangan ng mga magsasaka at mangingisda maaasikaso na rin natin ng mabilisan,” a statement from the office of Mayor Bayron said.