7.06.2010

PIA News Service - Tuesday, July 06, 2010

DPWH-Butuan District implements temporary closure of Magsaysay Bridge

BUTUAN CITY (06 July) – The Department of Public Works and Highways – Butuan City District Engineering Office will be implementing the Rehabilitation of Magsaysay Bridge Along Butuan City – Cagayan – Iligan City Road.

This project should have commenced on March 23, 2010, but the Sanggunian of the City of Butuan proposed that the same will be moved and will take effect on June 1, 2010 due to the activities/celebration and preparations for the conduct of the May 10, 2010 elections.

Upon the execution of the public work, there will be a temporary closure of the said Magsaysay Bridge to all motorists effective on July 6, 2010. The temporary closure will be for a period of not less than three (3) months, but not more than four (4) months reckoned from June 1, 2010.

There will be a detour/rerouting of motorists passing through the Bridge. The detour will start from junction Tiniwisan Road to Macapagal Bridge, then an exit through Montilla Blvd, and vice versa.

All vehicles will not be allowed to pass through the Bridge and shall have the STOP POINTS, namely: (1) from the east, the viaduct approaching Magsaysay Bridge, and (2) from the west, on Marcos Calo St. at the foot of the bridge.

Pedestrians will be allowed to pass through the bridge and shall provided with sidewalk on both side/ways of the bridge.

Furthermore, road signs and signages will be installed on the strategic areas before approaching the bridges to advice and guidance to the motorists and pedestrians of the ongoing public work. (DPWH-Butuan DEO/PIA-Caraga)


Confrontation that never came

The 12th Sangguniang Panglungsod of Butuan City made their INAUGURAL SESSION last July 5, 2010. There was 100% attendance of 10 newly elected SP members, President of the Association of Barangay Captains, and the President of the Sangguniang Kabataan federation. It was also jampacked with people from different sectors, kibitzers and media practitioners who were so excited for the outcome of the said first session.

Many of those who attended were expecting a confrontation between the new administration councilors (5) and the opposition councilors (7), especially that, one of the agenda was the assigning of the different committee chairmanship and also the revision of some provisions in their so-called HOUSE RULES.

But to the pleasure of those who attended the said session, the expected confrontation, never came. Thanks to the able handling and show of good leadership of Vice-Mayor Lawrence Lemuel Fortun.

A controversial resolution of the House rules of the previous administration that deprived members of the then opposition councilors (Dano and Fortun) the chairmanship of at least one committee was revised thus giving all members of the 12th Sangguniang Panglungsod the privilege of getting at least one committee chairmanship.

What makes or adds color to the session was the statesmanship act shown by the Hon. Jaime "Dodo" Cembrano. In his privilege speech, he publicly relinquished his chairmanship of the Committee on Transportation and Utility to Hon. Audie Bernabe. An act that makes many of those present admire Hon. Cembrano since this is the first time they witnessed such act of a true and real statesman.

The atmosphere was so pleasant that even the announcement of the approved appointment of the new lady City Administrator was met with no resistance from the opposition.

This smooth inaugural session should be seen as a positive forecast and a great promise of a good partnership among members of the 12th Sangguniang Panglungsod of Butuan City.

Kudos to able leadership of Vice Mayor Lawrence Lemuel Fortun and the statesmanship act of Hon. Jaime Cembrano. (Cecil YbaƱez III/ PIA-Caraga)