By Genalyn Kabiling
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) must ensure the structural safety and strength of the government’s infrastructure projects following the collapse of beams of a flyover construction in Cavite, Malacañang said yesterday.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the appeal to the DPWH to prevent a repeat of the Cavite incident amid the ongoing implementation of the government’s “Build, Build, Build”infrastructure program.
“Ang report naman na nakalap namin human error naman po ata iyan ‘no, talagang nabangga ata ‘no. Hindi naman iyan inherent defect ‘no. So siyempre po pinag-iingat ng mas matindi pa ang ating DPWH para maiwasan itong mga ganitong pangyayari [The report we gathered it was human error. It was not inherent defect but of course we’re strongly urging the DPWH to maintain safety to avoid this kind of incident],” Roque said during a Palace press briefing.
“Dahil sa ‘Build, Build, Build’ program marami tayong infrastructure projects at siguro po pasasabihan natin ang DPWH na lalo pang palakasin iyong mga hakbang na gagawin para maiwasan itong nangyari sa Bacoor [Because of the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program, we have many infrastructure projects and we’ll ask the DPWH to further strengthen measures to prevent a repeat of the incident in Bacoor],” he added.
Six concrete beams in the construction of a flyover in Imus, Cavite reportedly collapsed last Sunday, causing heavy traffic along Aguinaldo highway. No one was reported hurt in the incident.
Public works official found out that human error caused the collapse of a flyover,
which is part of the 45.29-km. Cavite-Laguna-Expressway. The completion of the project is expected to be delayed to December, from the original June deadline.