Friday, 22 March 2024 08:46


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A final inspection of the 2.5 kilometer Rio de Oro Boulevard project will be conducted to determine if there are any more defects that need to be corrected prior to its turnover to Cagayan de Oro City.
Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) chief Engr. Nonito Oclarit, vice-chairman of the Rio de Oro Boulevard management committee, said a multi-department team sent their list of observations and recommendations to repair minor defects spotted in the structure that forms part of Package 2 of the national government’s flood control project for Cagayan de Oro City.
‘Package 2 specifically covers the dike project that included the 2.5 kilometer Rio de Oro Boulevard starting from Barangay Puntod to JR Borja Streets. These observations consist of minor defects such as markings for persons with disabilities (PWDs) which they (project contractor) can rectify,’ Oclarit said in Visayan.
The Rio de Oro Boulevard management committee met with representatives of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-10) project management office and the project contractor Toyo Construction Co. Limited during Thursday afternoon’s meeting at the city mayor’s office.
However, Oclarit said there are some defects that cannot be rectified. ‘Like the electric post along Montalvan Street which is situated at the boulevard’s sidewalk portion. The DPWH-10 said due to limitations in the area they had to make some adjustments (that cannot be undone). We then eventually agreed that a final inspection will be conducted by their quality assurance unit (QAU) on the project site,’ Oclarit said.
The schedule for the final inspection had yet to be confirmed, he said and the results will be included in a report that the DPWH-10 project management office will submit to the committee, Oclarit said.
‘The report will serve as basis for City Hall to issue a certificate of acceptance of the project that will lead to an agreement signing (for turnover of the project),’ he said.
The two-lane 2.5 kilometer Rio de Oro Boulevard which cost over P700 million forms part of the national government’s P8.5 billion Flood Risk Management Project (FRIMP) for Cagayan de Oro City that is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
It was opened to the public in May 26 last year. The boulevard is being promoted by Cagayan de Oro City Hall under Mayor Roland ‘Klarex’ Uy’s administration as a tourist and recreation site and it served as a venue for major events like the city’s annual Higalaay Festival and various Christmas activities. (Stephen Capillas of City Information Office)