BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan warned contractors they may no longer be allowed to job mix their construction aggregates in project sites to help reduce traffic congestions along roads and improve the city’s air quality.
The local chief executive ordered the City Engineering Office to strictly implement Ordinance No. 02, series of 2012 as amended by Ordinance No. 41, series of 2015 which prohibits concrete mixing jobs and cement batching stations along major roads and all barangays in the city.
“We have instructed the members of the Anti-Road Obstruction Task Force to include the job mix along roads and in the different barangays because this obstructs traffic flow, especially on narrow roads,”Domogan stressed.
He expressed disappointment on the failure of the Department of Public works and Highways–Baguio City District Engineering Office (DPWH-BCDEO) and the City Engineering Office to implement the said ordinance thereby allowing enterprising contractors to wilfully close portions of the roads for their job mix.
Under the anti-job mix ordinance, any violator shall be fined P1,000 for the first offense, P3,000 for the second offense, and P5,000 for the third offense or revocation of their license to operate for companies or establishments doing construction.
The ordinance also mandated the DPWH-CAR, DPWH-BCDEO, the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) and all barangay officials to enforce the ordinance in their areas of jurisdiction.
The ordinance states that it shall be a policy of the City Government to prohibit job mix activities along major roads and all barangay roads in the city as well as the placing of cement batching stations in the said areas.
Domogan challenged the relevant departments and offices to strictly implement the ordinance to reduce traffic congestions and air pollutants as dust particles from construction aggregates have been identified by the Environmental Management Bureau in the Cordillera as one of the major factors that impact on air quality.
As contractors, Domogan said they are required have their own cement batching plants outside the city to guarantee their compliance with the design mix and standard quality needed for projects.
He said the local government will convene the anti-job mix task force to instill discipline among erring contractors who refuse to abide by the laws, rules, and regulations prohibiting the conduct of job mix along major roads in the city and even in barangays.
By Dexter A. See