Contractor cements both sides of Makati road

  • Makati residents are complaining about a newly-cemented road which barred them from getting in and out of their homes.
  • Netizens have been commenting on the poorly-made concrete project in Barangay Pembo, Amapola Street.
  • A concerned resident said that engineers and contractors have no choice but to pour concrete on both sides to prevent the mixer from damaging the road while it levels the cement.

MANILA, Philippines — Residents of Amapola street in Barangay Pembo, Makati City are bummed out after a contractor poured concrete on both sides of the street.

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Via Jhae Francisco

A netizen posted on Facebook a photo of the street, marred with footprints of residents who were left with no choice but to step on the wet concrete.

“How can residents of Amapola get home if you cemented the entire street? Shouldn’t you do one side first, then the other?” Jhae Francisco said in Filipino last Tuesday.

The said post has received 21,000 reactions, 200 comments – mostly sarcastic and hinting of frustration – and shared 13,000 times as of writing.

The concrete on Amapola street is still wet, but residents and motorcycle riders passed through it as of yesterday.

Francisco said in her updated post that she went to the engineer and the contractor but the officials explained that both sides had to be done so as to level the road without having the mixer ruin one side alone.

A 42-year-old housewife said her children have to pass through a narrow alley to avoid the newly cemented road.

A notice stated that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Metro Manila II District Engineering Office implemented the road project, which was a “rehabilitation/ upgrading of (the) drainage system.”

The project, which cost P7,300,459.45, covered the stretch of Amapola street from Sampaguita to Cadena de Amor streets and has Two Aces Construction and Supply as the contractor.

While the notice indicated that the project was supposed to be done from July 8 to November 4, residents said concrete was poured on the road only last Tuesday.

Dennis Turingan, a barangay councilor who chairs Pembo’s infrastructure and development committee, said he asked the contractor to get clearance to pour concrete but the firm did not comply.

He said that with Amapola street leading to a dead end, the contractor should have poured concrete on one side of the road first, wait for it to dry, then done the other side.

Concrete poured on the road could be as high as 16 inches since drainage would also be installed, he added.

The Makati City government confirmed that the DPWH is in charge of the project.

Yesterday, Francisco updated her Facebook post to include an explanation from the contractor and engineer of the road project.

“They cannot pour cement on only one side because it would erode when they would discharge cement on the next side, and because the cement mixer could damage the line canal,” she said in Filipino. —The Philippine STAR

Featured image by Miguel de Guzman/Wheels.ph


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