flyover, at last!
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
Today, Bacolod City will welcome a traffic landmark with the blessing and inauguration of the long-awaited flyover constructed at the Lacson Street-Circumferential Road intersection, which is expected to greatly ease the movement of vehicles in that area.
Seven years have gone by since the time this project had been granted to Bacolod City as announced by then President Gloria Macagal Arroyo. Bacolod itself had not projected such an expensive kind of infrastructure, aware of its cost, but had accepted it gratefully when the President had indicated that the city had been included among those to be benefited by the French-funded Mega Bridges for Urban and Rural Development Projects.
It is interesting to note that this flyover, as simple as it appears, costs P365 million, which is almost as much as the city’s new and much-admired Government Center that houses its hundreds of employees, and includes all its appliances and furniture.
But the P365 million will be money well spent if the flyover can, as projected, reduce travel time to and from Bacolod and the northern towns and cities, especially now that the Bacolod-Silay Airport is located farther from the capital city.
It is also amusing to note how many people are now claiming or insinuating that they are responsible for the inclusion of the city in the French-supported flyover project, but Bacoleños, who had been hearing about it, and waiting for it since it was first announced in the year 2004, know the real score. Now, it seems, the flyover seems to be another case of an accomplished project having many fathers, but what does it matter, so long as our people can enjoy the convenience it will bring?
Let us now forget who are claiming the credits and give thanks and enjoy what we have received. Amen.*