Thursday, November 10, 2011

Esplanade project kicks off next week

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE P48.44-MILLION Iloilo River Esplanade Project will kick off next week after the architect of the project met with the contractor and Iloilo City government yesterday.

Architect Paolo Alcazaren arrived in the city Wednesday to discuss details of his design with winning bidder Roprim Construction and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Roprim won the contract after bidding P38.46 million for the project which is P9.98 million less than the approved budget of P48.44 million.

Alcazaren, who also designed the world renowned Singapore Quay, was tapped by Senator Franklin Drilon to plan out the esplanade which seeks to revive and preserve the Iloilo River.

Drilon has set aside part of his Priority Development Assistance Fund or pork barrel for the project which will expand the Treñas Boulevard, a popular fitness haven in the city.

After the meeting at the DPWH, Alcazaren proceeded to the Iloilo City Hall to meet Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

Mabilog said their discussions centered on the design and how the contractor will undertake the project.

Representatives from City Engineer’s Office were also present in the meeting to get a feel of the project.

“Eventually, it is the city government that will manage and maintain the esplanade and there is a need for the city engineer to be involved. We don’t want the project to obstruct certain portions of the boulevard such as the drainage which might pose problems to the esplanade in the future,” Mabilog said.

Mabilog said they are ready to assist Alcazaren and the contractor in the esplanade project.


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