Siao proposes separate district engineering office for Iligan
Iligan City Lone District Representative Freddie W. Siao recently proposed for the creation of a separate district engineering office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Iligan City.
This after Siao observes that, at present, there is only one DPWH’s office serving the 1st Legislative District of Lanao del Norte and that of Iligan City. “With the approval of Republic Act No. 9724 on October 20, 2009, separating the City of Iligan from the 1st Legislative District of the Province of Lanao del Norte to constitute the Lone Legislative District of the City of Iligan, and considering the inadequacy of one district engineering office serving simultaneously two legislative districts, a separate district engineering office for the City of Iligan is now required,” Siao said.
As of August 2016, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA, former National Statistics Office) the City of Iligan has a population of 342,618 residing in 44 barangays.
The Second District Engineering Office which is currently serving both the needs of the Lone District of Iligan City and the 1st District of Lanao del Norte is clearly understaffed, causing undue delays in the implementation of infrastructure programs and projects that is apparently disadvantageous to the two legislative districts.
Siao believes that considering the aforementioned, the planning, design, construction, works supervision, and maintenance of the highways, bridges, infrastructure projects and other public works in the Lone District of Iligan City shall be more effectively, efficiently and expeditiously attended to by having one engineering district office exclusively for the City of Iligan.
Siao’s House Bill No. 2431 states that once it is approved, the Secretary of the DPWH shall immediately include the Department’s program the operationalization of the separate district engineering office in the City of Iligan, the initial funding of which shall be charged against the current year’s appropriations of the Second District Engineering Office. Thereafter, the amount necessary for the continued operation of the said district engineering office shall be included in the General Appropriations Act (GAA).