ATTENTION:
Antipolo City Mayor Ynares and DPWH Regional Director SAMSON L. HEBRA (OIC):

I am a concerned citizen living here in Vermont Royal, along Marcos Hi-way, Antipolo City. You may well know that Marcos Hi-way has 8 lanes (4-lanes per side) and how many pedestrians lost their lives from speeding vehicles.

Just this year alone, there have been 3 accounts of pedestrians getting hit by speeding vehicles since January.

It was actually a big relief when we heard last January of this year, that a footbridge will finally be constructed in front of the subdivision. Although I have no issues walking 1km each day to the next footbridge so I can cross an 8-lane highway; it’s a bit of a concern to see elderly people, women with children each day, braving the road and risking their lives.

Now the footbridge is already completed, it is riddled with anomaly:

1. Construction cost- PHP 15+ Million
Construction began January 2015, it’s been more than 6 months already; it was only this July that the project was completed. BUT, until now, the footbridge isn’t open to pedestrians.

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2. Delay caused by the business establishment, Rapide, who refused to have a footbridge occupy just one parking space in front of their building. I guess the greedy business owner would rather have a dead body in front of their establishment rather than take part in providing safety to pedestrians, their staff included.

I do not know why the local government had difficulty succumbing to a private property business that it took months for them let construction take place.

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3. Construction was finished this July, bridge hasn’t opened yet due to a spur-of-the-moment, bad decision of changing the other staircase to a different design AFTER construction is finished. This is my main issue here, the footbridge is COMPLETE and operational, yet, it is decided that they will change the staircase which will again take time and cost.

I do not know why the local government had difficulty succumbing to a private property business that it took months for them let construction take place.

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In the meantime, people are risking their lives everyday crossing the highway. Motorists and pedestrians are both affected since motorists have to evade the crossing people.
I believe a thorough investigation on this matter is necessary, as we, the people of Antipolo, who’s paying these from our taxes are puzzled with these anomalies.
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One response »

  1. C.Seamus says:

    Here’s the correspondence with the City Admin of Antipolo:

    July 31 2015:

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you for your response.

    My question to DPWH is why construct in the first place such a massive structure which costs 16M without them scoping that it will intersect a high tension wire? Why was construction even finished only to have it redesigned (staircase)?

    Isn’t there civil engineers and urban planners under the government’s funding paid by our taxes who should’ve thought about these hindrances to ensure a speedy hassle free construction?

    I do hope that these “changes” which add further delay are not tactics to justify the huge cost. I firmly hope so that the City of Antipolo has no cuts from the proceeds as well.

    We are talking about the safety of pedestrians here and each day could be a life and death situation given the high speed 8lane highway. We hope lives aren’t put at stake just for financial kickbacks.

    We will not hesitate to bring this matter to social media and the press.

    C.Seamus Hermoso

    July 31 2015:

    Dear Sir,

    We assure you that we have the same concern with regard the safety of pedestrians .this is why the city goverment initiated and requested , other than the 4 legged ,footbridge, an additional 7 more footbridges. That is why even in other infrastructure , such as widening of roads we requested DPWH to incorporate sidewalks, to ensure the safety of pedestrians.we also looked into the construction management of road widening so to ensure that while there is construction, the motoring public and pedestrians are properly warned with safety signs. If you have been to the poblacion area, we made sure that pedestrian lanes are properly marked. We even have a traffic officer holding a stop and go sign to give priority and provide safety to pedestrians. You may also want to check our bollards, to ensure space both for pedestrian and motorist. We started to clear the sidewalks of vendors occupying it and we have a certain amount of success in P. Oliveros, M.L quezon and F. Manalo . We are concerned as well with utility poles both of Meralco and telcos that are left on the streets that have already been widened.. We have regular bi-weekly meeting with them and we have managed to get them removed. It took as over 2 years as they themselves have constraint in terms of funding . . That’s some of the things we are addressing and if you have other concerns , please let us know.

    With regard your other questions , it is only fair that these questions be addressed to DPWh. I seemed to have seen a communication sent to you by the Dpwh with regard your previous concerns . Let me know if you have received them and we will follow it up for you

    Thank you

    MR. ROBERTO C. NACIANCENO

    City Administrator

    August 1, 2015:

    Hello Sir,

    We do not wish to know more about the accomplishments or your planned projects. You didn’t answer our concern of why let the footbridge be build and completed if there are hindrances like the aforementioned high-tension wires in the first place? Why have a project completed with fully operational stairs only to have it redesigned which delays the use of the footbridge?

    Please stick to those issues at hand. Yes, we have contacted DPWH, but as with all National Agencies, their reply is generic.

    They said that the concern is forwarded to the Regional office of DPWH. I am already in contact with ABS CBN for a segment in their news regarding this. Each day more and more are hearing about the 16M cost and how it was built in January, and up to now, it isn’t opened yet.

    FYI, there was a 1 day that the footbridge was open and I myself crossed it. 2-3 wires are just in the way and I don’t think it would take weeks/months to fix those wires in the way. Word is out that the reason for the delay is the redesign of the other staircase which is questionable.

    Again, let us stick to the issue of this footbridge in Vermont. Let’s also not forget the footbridge in Masinag which was constructed since November of last year and up to now isn’t yet open as well. But that’s another issue for another news segment right?

    C.Seamus Hermoso

    Dear Sir,

    We assure you that we have the same concern with regard the safety of pedestrians .this is why the city goverment initiated and requested , other than the 4 legged ,footbridge, an additional 7 more footbridges. That is why even in other infrastructure , such as widening of roads we requested DPWH to incorporate sidewalks, to ensure the safety of pedestrians.we also looked into the construction management of road widening so to ensure that while there is construction, the motoring public and pedestrians are properly warned with safety signs. If you have been to the poblacion area, we made sure that pedestrian lanes are properly marked. We even have a traffic officer holding a stop and go sign to give priority and provide safety to pedestrians. You may also want to check our bollards, to ensure space both for pedestrian and motorist. We started to clear the sidewalks of vendors occupying it and we have a certain amount of success in P. Oliveros, M.L quezon and F. Manalo . We are concerned as well with utility poles both of Meralco and telcos that are left on the streets that have already been widened.. We have regular bi-weekly meeting with them and we have managed to get them removed. It took as over 2 years as they themselves have constraint in terms of funding . . That’s some of the things we are addressing and if you have other concerns , please let us know.

    With regard your other questions , it is only fair that these questions be addressed to DPWh. I seemed to have seen a communication sent to you by the Dpwh with regard your previous concerns . Let me know if you have received them and we will follow it up for you

    Thank you

    City Admin, Antipolo

    Hello Sir,

    We would not want this to turn into a battle of words and eloquence.

    Let’s not turn this into a correspondence based which in the end wouldn’t lead to action.

    To answer your points, the one day when the footbridge was open, there were no yellow tape. The wires, most of them anyway, are telephone lines and cable lines. If there were electrical lines, I don’t think it would take more than a week to reroute the wires. The question at hand is the closing of the other staircase (Vermont side) which according to the homeowners association, is being redesigned.

    We hope, as the local government, you be the one to coordinate this with DPWH, since they have not responded to any of my queries just the generic, response that they will look into it.

    C.Seamus Hermoso

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