ORMOC CITY – The battle royale here is starting to heat up with the ugly head of politics rearing up in this city, jeopardizing not only two of the priority projects that Cong. Lucy Torres-Gomez has asked the national government to fund, but also the people’s safety.
Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson has asked the regional director Rolando M. Asis of the Department of Public Work and Highways to explain a text he reportedly got from Mayor Eric Codilla of this city on December 6, recommending to stop the bidding of two major projects: the P 92.7-million flood mitigation project along Anilao and Malbasag rivers and the P 100-million initial funding for Ormoc Diversion Road.
The three were the country’s representatives to the Korean urban planning gab and went on the invitation of Dr. Kwi-Gon Kim, professor emeritus of Seoul National University and at the same time director of the International Urban Training Center (IUTC), Global Business Bureau of Gangwon Province.
The urban planning course was also participated by 15 other policymakers and project managers from other different Asian countries such as Cambodia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Mayor Cari also emphasized that Usec. Austere A. Panadero of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) approved the official travel. It was also learned that the expenses incurred for their travel, including airfares, board and lodging expense, were shouldered by the IUTC.