By Alfonso T. Ruda
DIPOLOG CITY, April 5 (PIA)--- “As a quality controller, we follow technical specifications – word for word. In this case, the expected life span of the project is attained.”
This was the assurance of Engr. Fe Batilona, strong-willed veteran lady engineer of Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Engineering Office who heads the male-dominated Construction and Supervision Team for the ongoing construction of the 13.82 kilometer farm-to-market road (FMR) in Tampilisan.
It traverses six barangays in Tampilisan from Poblacion, Farmington, Galingon, Balacbaan, Cabong ang Tilubog and connects barangays of Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Based on the program of works (POWs), the winning contractors, Long Island Builders and CB Garay Construction shall finish the project in 1,019 calendar days. The works reckon February 10, 2016 and its target completion will be on November 24, 2018.
This road concreting and rehabilitation project is funded by the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) worth over P188 Million.
Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Y. Uy designated Engr. Batilona as component head of the Intensified Building-Up of Infrastructure and Logistics for Development (I-BUILD) of the Provincial Project Management and Implementation Unit to oversee and manage the actual construction works
“I go to Tampilisan twice a week to conduct site inspection so as to ensure strict adherence to specifications and designs of the road construction based from the Program of Works being executed by the contractor,” Batilona declares.
During actual inspection, she documents whatever deficiency on the works of the contractor. “After the site inspection, we meet with contractor’s project engineer, material engineer, including in-charge of geometric control. We solicit issues, concerns and draw commitments then discuss these during our monthly coordination meeting.”
“All should know, during the meeting, what were the lapses, deficiencies and we take note of their compliance, partially complied or not yet complied,” the lady engineer adds.
Back in 2014, Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Government under Governor Roberto Uy entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with DA to implement the World Bank-funded PRDP.
To date, Zamboanga del Norte holds the record to be the first PLGU in Region IX to implement the longest road concreting nearing 14 kilometers. (ALT/ATR/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)