Former Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso had big dreams of fixing up the notorious Lagusnilad underpass in Manila during his time in office. But Domagoso faced some challenges along the way.
According to the former mayor, the local government of Manila could not just dive into repairs since Lagusnilad underpass falls under the jurisdiction of the national government.
Undeterred, Domagoso decided to push through with the road improvement project. But when he was about to begin, the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020, forcing government to suspend public works and shift focus on giving to people in need.
Domagoso, an actor-turned-politiko, served as Manila mayor from 2019 to 2022. He ran for president in the 2022 elections, but to lost former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
“Nung tayo po ay naging alkalde, isa ito sana sa ating mga planong ayusin para sa kaligtasan ng mga motorista na dumaraan dito dahil kaliwa’t kanang disgrasya at reklamo ang ating natatanggap mula sa taumbayan,” Domagoso said.
“Ngunit noong 2020, tinamaan tayo ng pandemya at ang lahat po ng mga pagawaing-bayan ay ating ikinasela muna at inilaan sa pagtugon sa laban kontra COVID-19 at ayuda sa mga Manileño. Dahil ang aking katwiran po ay: ang kalsada ay walang kumakalam na sikmura at kaya pang maghintay, pero ang buhay ng tao ay hindi,” he added.
Domagoso made the latest remarks after the newly repaired Lagunisland underpass finally reopened to the public.
The six-month renovation of the underpass was undertaken by the city government of Manila and the Department of Public Works and Highways. The makeover, which began in May 2023, included a facelift to the drainage system and road structure.
The former mayor thanked his successor Manila Mayor Honey Lacuña for pursuing the repair and rehabilitation of the Lagusnilad. “Thank you, Mayor Dra. Honey Lacuna, Congressman Irwin Tieng at National Government sa pagsasaayos ng Lagusnilad,” he said.
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