APRIL 21, 2009
Cement firms back road repair project in southern Cebu towns
Two cement companies have donated 20,000 bags of cement to help in the repair of roads damaged by floods and huge waves that hit the southern towns of Cebu recently.

However, Marlina Alviso, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-7) assistant regional director, said repair works could start because of the lack of funds.

Alviso said the DPWH-7 has yet to receive the P70 million budget promised by the national government for the repair.

“For now, all that the agency can do is minor repairs of the damaged roads. The major repair will have to wait for the funding,” she told CEBU DAILY NEWS.

Alviso said Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia promised to make a follow-up  on the release of the P70 million allocation.

On Wednesday, Garcia entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Taiheiyo Cement in San Fernando town, southern Cebu, Apo Cement Corp. (Cemex) and DPWH-7  for the cement donation.

The MOA was signed by Hiroshi Harada, president and CEO of Taiheiyo Cement; Edwin Hufemia, vice president of Cemex and Alviso.

The two cement companies donated 10,000 sacks each.

Heavy rains triggered by a low pressure affected the southern towns of Cebu on Feb. 7, damaging national roads, seawalls, and water pipes.

Among the badly hit towns were Santander and Samboan.

The province of Cebu urged the DPWH-7 to immediately repair the damaged roads.

Under the MOA, the provincial government will identify the damaged southern roads, while the DPWH-7  will undertake the repair.

The MOA stated that the donation “shall not be resold, transferred, traded or used in any other way or at any other location, nor used in any other project other than the  (southern road repair) project.”

Should the DPWH and the provincial government violate the MOA, the two cement companies may terminate the agreement and cancel further deliveries.

Garcia though assured the cement companies that the capitol will make good use of the donation once the road repair project is implemented by the DPWH-7. /MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY MASSCOM INTERN DARYL D. ANUNCIADO