CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The leader of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) has demanded the installation of security gadgets and access for businesses along the ongoing P225 million road project on Manila North Road in the capital of Pampanga.
Renato Romero, co-founder and director of PamCham, said he is concerned about public safety with excavations and other preliminary work in the area.
Roseller Tolentino, director of the Department of Public Works and Highways, said he has instructed district engineers to ensure contractor compliance.
Royal Crown Monarch Construction and Supplies Corp., the known successful bidder, reportedly began installing signs and reflective poles on Monday evening.
The project located along the banking district of Barangay Dolores replaced the asphalt surface with cement blocks.
Romero said plastic straws and yellow tape prohibiting crossing the border were not enough to ensure public safety.
There were no visible billboards informing the public about the project’s duration, contractor, quantity and days of construction, Romero said.
“PIBs (project information boards) are important for transparency and accountability. There is a mandatory size for them. The Dolores Intersection project does not have a billboard. This must be done prior to actual construction work,” Romero said in a statement.
Several branches in the project segment recorded a decline in the number of customers by as much as 50 percent. INQ