Anticipating more traffic buildup at a fast-developing section of Tagbilaran City, local officials have endorsed and approved on Friday a proposed underpass/flyover project, a forward-looking initiative conceptualized by Alfonso “Ae” Damalerio II, the governor’s pro-bono personal assistant.
At the Provincial Development Council (PDC) meeting held on Friday afternoon at the People’s Mansion, Damalerio introduced to the Council members the first visual draft of a project that will ultimately solve the traffic woes experienced by commuters daily along J.A. Clarin Street, particularly in front of City Hall Building, and on the road leading to Island City Mall (ICM).
“Heavy volume of traffic is expected to choke this section of the city, and we have to plan it now how to address this concern,” Damalerio told the Council.
Earlier in the day, Damalerio presented the project’s concept, harnessed by architect Nino Guidaben of GWorks, at a special meeting with members of the City Council, with City Mayor Baba Yap in attendance, and the project received a unanimous support from the city officials.
Damalerio pointed out that a heavy buildup of traffic normally occurs in this fast-growing area of Tagbilaran where the City Hall, Kew Hotel, McDonald’s outlet, and an upcoming Landbank branch are constant crowd magnets, needless to mention of the steady flow of vehicles heading for ICM.
“This is just an initial presentation of the project outlook. More detailed studies and technical descriptions will be provided in the future once the PDC approves the proposed project,” Damalerio told the Council. PDC members endorsed and approved the proposed initiative on Friday.
Damalerio said the ambitious project will largely be funded through a Public-Private-Partnership scheme, which he said is the fastest way to get things done.
The underpass-overpass project was one of the several PPP-type project proposals presented by Damalerio, whose expertise in urban planning, sustainable development, and PPP strategies have been tapped by the governor on a pro bono arrangement.
Mayor Yap, for his part, said he has seen the long-term benefits of the proposed project introduced by Damalerio, adding that he hopes such kind of project initiatives would also be spread out in other areas of Tagbilaran.
Yap said he would always cooperate with the provincial government of Bohol, led by Gov. Edgar M. Chatto, for any development effort that would strengthen Tagbilaran’s position as a bustling economic hub in Central Visayas.
Meanwhile, Gov. Chatto said he is confident that the project introduced by Damalerio would gain a wide public acceptance as the daily traffic congestion has emerged as one of the most pressing concerns faced by a growing city like Tagbilaran. (LigaligM)