NHA clarifies ‘misquoted’ cost of wooden footbridge in Zamboanga project
Marje Pelayo • May 9, 2018 • 4970
ZAMBO BRIDGE COLLAPSE: A bridge mishap at a housing site in Zamboanga (Courtesy of EMEDIAMO)
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – The National Housing Authority (NHA) denied Wednesday, May 9, that the wooden footbridge in Zamboanga City that collapsed during the visitation of housing officials in April costs P12 million.
According to Engineer Al Indanan, the bridge’s project manager and NHA’s district manager in Zamboanga, House Committee on Housing and Urban Development Chair Representative Alfredo Benitez was “misquoted.”
“I think they were just misquoted on that. The 12 million is for the whole 2,000-meter foot bridge…not the damaged portion,” Indanan explained.
Benitez mentioned in a congressional hearing last week that the wooden footbridge was way too expensive.
Indanan added that each linear meter of the project costs P6,000 thus the entire stretch costs P12 million.
Nevertheless, NHA Zamboanga said they are willing to face probe in Congress in line with the mishap.
The agency and the city council met Tuesday to discuss the overall cost of the wooden bridge, the plan for its repair and the action they will take against the contractor of the bridge.
“We will have to make the contractor liable. The liability is on the contractor,” Indanan concluded. — Dante Amento | UNTV News & Rescue
An explosion struck outside the house of Pangutaran, Sulu Mayor Asri Taib in Barangay Canelar Moret, Zamboanga City on Thursday morning (October 24).
According to Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) Spokesperson Maj. Arvin Encinas, it was only a minor explosion with no casualties reported. He also said the improvised explosive device (IED) used was only small.
Authorities are continuing to investigate on the perpetrators behind the explosion as well as the motive behind the action.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – Around 90 boxes of smuggled cigarettes estimated to be worth P2.4 million were seized in transit by the operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Port of Zamboanga last Saturday (Sept. 28).
The BOC said the smuggled cigarettes were intercepted aboard MJ Champion, a wooden watercraft locally known as “Jungkung” from Jolo, Sulu, during a joint operation in the waters off Istanbak in Lower Calarian, Zamboanga City.
BOC-Zamboanga District Collector Atty. Segundo Barte Jr. said the operation was launched after they received information that an undetermined number of smuggled cigarettes will be transported and distributed in Magay and Sta. Cruz Public Markets in Zamboanga City.
The operation was carried out by the BOC with the elements of the Philippine Coast Guard, Task Force Aduana, Naval Intelligence and Security Group Western Mindanao and Naval Special Operations Unit.
“A Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) will be issued against the smuggled cigarettes for violation of Executive Order No. 245, the Amended Rules and Regulations Governing the Exportation and Importation of Leaf Tobacco and Tobacco Products, and Section 117 of Republic Act No. 10863, otherwise known as Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA),” the BOC said.
“A WSD will also be issued against the vessel, MJ Champion, for transporting the smuggled cigarettes which is a violation of Section 1113 of the CMTA,” it added.
Last September 18, around 30 cartons of assorted cigarettes estimated to be worth P900,000 were also seized at the Port of Zamboanga. The cartons were loaded into two hatch back type vehicles inside the pier area.
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Zamobanga has seized smuggled rice and cigarettes on Monday (Aug 19) along Pangutaran, Sulu and Isabela City, Basilan, respectively.
Preliminary reports said authorities found various sacks of rice inside ML Nhardzrmar-2 while it was docked in Baliwasan Seaside, Zamboanga City. Meanwhile, the smuggled cigarettes were intercepted aboard MV Trisha Kirstin-1 of Aleson Shipping Lines.
The seized goods were turned over to the BOC.
Meanwhile, District Collector of the Port of Zamboanga collector Segundo Sigmundfreud Barte has commended continued efforts to fight against smuggling particularly on agricultural products and other anti-social goods.
“The seizure of cigarettes should serve as a warning to smugglers and manufacturers of fake cigarettes,” according to BOC’s press release.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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