Rep. Erico Aristotle AumentadoÂ (Bohol, 2ndÂ District) is pushing for the funding to complete the causeway linking Barangay Tapon in Ubay town to the public market.
Aumentado said work of CCM Construction on Phase 2 of the project costing P48 million has so far been good.
He said CCM had also worked on Phase 1 that cost P31 million implemented during the time of his father and immediate congressional predecessor Erico Boyles Aumentado.
The elder Aumentado who hails from Ubay, had witnessed the economic growth of the town. He predicted the congestion of the road around the public market and leading to the Ubay port owing to the increasing volume of market-goers and port users.
As early as during his term as governor, he had observed that the container vans unloaded at the port were becoming bigger due to the increasing volume and variety of goods Ubay â€œimportsâ€ from Cebu. The latter is nearer to Ubay than Boholâ€™s capital, Tagbilaran City, which is on the opposite tip â€“ on the southwest side of the fist-shaped island, some 125 kilometers away.
The businessmenâ€™s preference to move cargoes by sea than by land and growing economy contributed to the congestion and gave birth to his fatherâ€™s causeway concept, implemented by phase.
Remaining works are expected to cost less than P50 million. Aumentado said he will push for the insertion of funds for the purpose in the 2016 budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways.
He said provided a project costs below P50 million, it will be implemented by the Engineering District office concerned.
As soon as the funds are downloaded, he said, the DPWH district engineering sub-office in Ubay can conduct the bidding for Phase 3 or the causewayâ€™s completion stage.Â (June S. Blanco)