Collapsed wooden footbridge in Zambo City costs P12M says Housing Committee, inspected wooden houses P220K each

The wooden bridge in Brgy. Rio Hondo, Zamboanga City, now reconstructed / photo from Mayor Beng Climaco's FB page

The House Committee on Housing and Urban Development chair Alfredo Benitez revealed on Thursday that the wooden footbridge that recently collapsed in Zamboanga City costs P12 million.

In media forum in Quezon City, days after the said wooden bridge collapsed, Benitez said that it costs P12 Million and was funded by the National Housing Authority (NHA).

Benitez, along with Zamboanga City Representative Celso Lobregat, Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar, and other officials fell into the murky waters in Brgy Rio Hondo, when the bridge suddenly collapsed.

"Yung wooden bridge na nilakaran namin ay may cost na P12 million," Benitez said.

The wooden bridge was then immediately repaired after the incident.

Benitez also revealed that housing stilts they are inspecting in the area cost only P20, 000 less than the concrete house’s price.

"Ordinarily, yung isang housing unit na tinatayo ng NHA sa lupa na semento umaabot ng P240,000 per unit. Dito sa house on stilts na ininspection natin, ang cost niya ay P220,000. Mas mura lang nang P20,000," he said.

Reportedly, the housing in the area were intended for our Badjao community, who traditionally prefer houses along the seawall.

Benitez added that the materials used to build the houses were the same materials used in the wooden footbridge.

Meanwhile, Benitez assures that these, among other things will be investigated as soon as the Congress session resumes.

NHA officials, and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), are expected to be called to shed some light on the incident.

"Pagbalik na pagbalik, naghihintay na lang ako ng bakanteng kwarto sa Congress," Benitez said, referring to the timeline of his committee’s investigation.

 Source: GMA News

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