Iloilo Rep Treñas to file charges over P16.5-M walkway project under Green, Green, Green program

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A VIEW of the San Jose Church across Plaza Libertad taken from the rooftop of the Iloilo City Hall building. — MSJARA

REPRESENTATIVE JERRY P. Treñas of the lone district of Iloilo City plans to file charges against those involved in the proposed P16.5-million walkway project of the city government that will link Sunburst Park with Plaza Libertad. “How can you use the fund which is specific to parks and plazas for a walkway? That is technical malversation,” Mr. Treñas said in a phone interview. The project is dubbed the Development of Park in the City Civic Center, with funding from the Department of Budget and Management’s Green, Green, Green program. Architect Dolly Anne M. Zoluaga, assistant department head of the City Planning and Development Office, explained that the project, conceptualized back in 2014, involves the creation of a “safe walking corridor” or “walkway” between Sunburst Park and Plaza Libertad, which are in the city’s downtown area. “Because if you have noticed, there is no sidewalk at Muelle Loney area and JM Basa. So we see to it that the people can safely pass by,” she said. Ms. Zoluaga also clarified that the structure will not affect the congressman’s building, located at Macario Peralta Street. Mayor Jose S. Espinosa III said the city would provide legal defense to Ms. Zoluaga and others who may be sued by Mr. Treñas. — Louine Hope U. Conserva