While waiting for a tricycle that will take me to OLV-Bibincahan, I couldn’t believe what I saw along Magsaysay St. – a pedestrian overpass!!!
Wait ’til you hear this – there’s also one in Sorsogon Pilot Elementary School connecting the main to the annex area! Later I confirmed this with a picture.
To those who decided that such construction have merits, here are my questions:
- What are the objectives of having a pedestrian overpass over the roads that are not even more than 10 meters wide? Do we have national standards for such structure? I know we have one for the humps, apparently, nobody wants to implement it.
- How would the authorities ensure that students and teachers will really make use of it? Somebody has to consider the fact that Commonwealth Ave. in Quezon City, considered the widest highway system in the Philippines, have the highest pedestrian accident even with the presence of such edifice.
- Did we ask the teachers who are reaching retirement age if they are still willing to navigate through these overpass?
- How many do we really expect to benefit for the said projects versus money that can be well spent on sustained water supply to the schools and clean toilets?
- Did we ask the stakeholders (students and teachers, to name a couple) if they appreciate the benefits of the projects?
I do not intend to criticize these projects since there might be some merits that I do not recognize. Though, I cannot help but to ask those who are concerned to be more transparent considering that our government is on the red – people clamor to know what’s happening to our taxes. Furthermore, I am hoping that we would’ve learned some lessons on those numerous waiting sheds that are not of use to the public, in my honest opinion.
Oh well, if it’s any consolation, I haven’t heard if they are going to paint it in PINK!