A TRICYCLE driver and his passenger were the latest persons who suffered injuries after the vehicle accidentally fell into the excavated portion of an ongoing drainage project in Lapu-Lapu City in Barangay Bankal on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021.
Mario Napuli, officer in charge of the City Traffic and Management System Office, said the driver lost control of the tricycle and fell into the excavation after its right-side wheel hit the barrier surrounding the excavated area.
The driver sustained minor head injuries while his lone passenger suffered some minor bruises in the body.
Napuli said the project’s contractor should place more early warning devices to notify motorists about the ongoing construction in the area. He also urged motorists to use alternative routes to avoid the excavated areas.
Bankal Barangay Captain Eduardo Cuizon said it was the fifth accident that happened involving the drainage project that has been ongoing for more than a year and was supposed to finish last July of this year.
Cuizon will summon the contractor because of the series of accidents that he blamed on the project.
He also slammed the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for allowing the contractor to operate even though it has already surpassed the deadline set in the contract.
“If the DPWH is allowing contractors even if they are already behind schedule, there is something wrong with it,” Cuizon said.
The groundbreaking ceremony of the 46.4 million Basak-Kagudoy-Bankal-Buaya road and drainage project, lobbied by City’s Lone District Rep. Paz Radaza, happened in November 2020.
A member of Radaza’s congressional staff told SunStar Cebu that Radaza will not issue a statement since it is the responsibility of the DPWH Sixth Engineering District and the project’s contractor to explain the occurrence of multiple vehicular accidents involving the drainage project.