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City narrowly passes P80M fund request

The proposals were debated for hours past lunch but when the time came for them to cast the votes, many of the minority councilors left the session hall.

Members of the public were disappointed to learn that Councilors Miguel Agustin Perdices, Manuel Sagarbarria, Jose Victor Imbo and Liga ng mga Barangay President Dione Amores failed to support the two projects that will boost the safety and convenience of motorists and residents in the city.

The two projects, rehabilitation and improvement of the Rizal Boulevard for shoreline protection and installation of box culverts to drain treated water amounting to P 34.7 million and the proposed construction of the bridge traversing Banica River connecting Barangays Taclobo and Bagacay amounting to P45.3 million were defended and affirmed by administration councilors during the last regular of the City Council.

Councilor Lilani Ramon even showed the perspective of the planned P 34.7 million rehabilitation and improvement of the Rizal Boulevard for shoreline protection and installation of box culverts to drain treated water as requested by the minority so they can fully appreciate the project.

Administration Councilors Karissa Tolentino, Joe Kenneth Arbas, Michael Bandal, Manuel Arbon and SK President Danni Tolentino supported Ramon in advocating for the twin projects to be endorsed to the national government for the required funding.

The rehabilitation of the Rizal Boulevard to withstand storm surges and big waves that endanger visitors and residents along that strip may require reclamation. However, the proponents assured that permits for the reclamation will be secured as required by law.

Despite the explanation, the minority councilors, with the exception of Estanislao Alviola (who was absent), three of them left the session hall with Imbo casting an abstention.