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Now that that shameless, shameless plug from the Evil Bill Bilig is over and done with, let’s go back to one of one of our favorite blog topics, the Halsema Road. Because I’ve already yacked a lot about this much lamented (but nonetheless scenic) highway, I am stealing the ideas of our blogger friends (with their permission of course) and putting them here:
The Northern Philippine Times has an editorial entitled: “Why are the big fishes in the Mt. Data-Bontoc road anomalies not being relieved?” And the editorial goes thus:
When will these exposes on alleged irregularities and anomalies on implementation of road projects along the Halsema Highway (particularly the Mt. Data-Bontoc road) end? And why are regional and Mountain Province Dept. of Public Works and Highways officials suspected of complicity in the projects not being relieved as part of government standard operating procedures pending investigation on the alleged anomalies so they won’t influence outcome of the probe? Read the whole article here.
Gina Dizon also opines that the suspended engineers are not the only ones who should be made accountable for the defective Halsema project:
This lame attempt of Dept. of Public Works and Highways regional director Mariano Alquiza to suspend seven engineers from their post for six months was an incredibly desperate act for the DPWH head to do at the light of the Halsema SONA project’s irregularities.
Having turned the blame to DPWH materials and project engineers of the Halsema SONA projects, his action just showed how power play works in one of the most corrupt government agencies of the country. Read it all here.
Meanwhile, Pagano reports that the Open Letter to All i-Mountain Province was aired at the Radyo ng Bayan in Bontoc (Yay!) and explains why he decided not to sign said letter in his blog here. He also has a very interesting suggestion/challenge to Igorot OFWs particularly the BIBAK folks:
So while waiting for a Jesse, how about if we tap on the organization whose membership covers the whole Cordillera? I’m talking about BIBAK. Can’t we harness this organization from a group which is culture–centered into a body that engages in business? Or even politics? And whose area of operation/influence will be the whole of Igorotlandia? Can’t the BIBAK members abroad create a corporation to compete with those greedy contractors? Most of these people (BIBAK OFWs) should have the resources to start the ball rolling.
To understand what he means by “waiting for a Jesse”, read the entire post here. That’s it for now. We’re signing off for the night to dream about that web domain which we hope to win with your help. Oops, that’s Evil Bill Bilig at work again.
UPDATE: More discussions on the Halsema Road, the Halsema improvement project, and the petition letter can be found at the mountainprovince yahoogroup.