Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Rep. Greg Gasataya and pubic works and other local officials inaugurated June 29 the P9.8-million pedestrian overpass located in front of A. L. Jayme Elementary School in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod.
Bacolod District Engineer Abraham Villareal of the Department of Public Works and Highways said the budget for the said infrastructure, funded by the Road Board, is P10.9 million, but the contract price is P9.8 million.
Also present were Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and Road Board comptroller Edgardo Conchu and public information officer Philip Palma.
The project was facilitated by Leonardia when he was congressman, and was followed up by his successor, Gasataya.
Leonardia thanked the Road Board, Gasataya, and the DPWH for finishing the construction of the overpass despite the problems they had encountered.
The mayor underscored the fact that the project was realized because of the harmonious relationship between the mayor and the congressman, and the support of the city council led by Familiaran.
“The people of Mansilingan should be very happy—you have every reason to be happy—because you have the distinction of being the first barangay in Bacolod to receive an overpass from the national government,” he said.
For his part, Conchu said the overpass is only the first of many projects that the Road Board will give to Bacolod City.
Concho said they will construct three more pedestrian overpasses and a bicycle lane in Bacolod.
Gasataya said the Road Board aims to make Bacolod a showcase of its projects.
After the blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremonies at both stairs of the pedestrian overpass, a program was held at the A. L. Jayme Elementary School.
Also attending the event were Barangay Mansilingan officials, and pupils, teachers, and parents of A. L. Jayme Elementary School led by their principal Theda Limbaña.*City Public Information Office