Captain John “Jojo” M. Abad made the public aware that his standpoint equates to the points-of-view of Coalition C6, a large group of Batasan Hills residents vigorously opposing Toll Regulatory Board (TRB)’s proposed C6 project, in the afternoon of August 8, 2015 (Saturday) at the Saret Covered Court. TRB is an attached agency under the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) that supervises and regulates the construction, operation, and maintenance of toll facilities, and is also responsible for the collection of toll fees.
There were more than 2,000 people who set foot to hear and be heard. These people are mostly from Consti and Talanay – 2 areas in Batasan Hills which will be directly affected through residential and commercial demolition should the project be started.
Capt. Abad came equipped to express nonconformity that:
1) a registration table was set up to monitor the targeted increase in number of concerned citizens;
2) a zoomed map of the proposed C6 lifted from TRB was made available for viewing;
3) the program was designed to begin with a mass’ hour wherein all points from ordinary persons were applauded;
4) 2nd District Representative Winston “Winnie” T. Castelo was invited for him to announce his negation on this project; and,
5) 2nd District Councilor Ranulfo “Rannie” Z. Ludovica was also invited for him to speak out his contradiction against the same.
It is noteworthy that both Cong. Castelo and Coun. Ludovica reside in Batasan Hills. They share the same individual outlooks with Capt. Abad with regard to the C6 Project. All three of them committed to do their best in their capacities to strongly oppose it. They elaborated their previous and ongoing battles to resolve informal settlements as well as other land and housing programs which they would not allow to simply go to waste.
Kagawads Luisito “Tata” Z. Ludovica, Ernesto “Ernie” Custodio and Roberto “Bobby” B. Miras were at the presidential table to display their unity towards Capt. Abad’s perspective.
C6 or the Metro Manila Expressway Project’s Phase 1 dubbed as Southeast Metro Manila Expressway (SEMME) was officially launched by TRB on July 3, 2015 (Friday). SEMME Project is a toll road project with approximately 34.024 kilometers that is intended to run from Skyway/FTI in Taguig City to Batasan Complex in Quezon City.
According to the construction schedule being followed by the TRB, Tumana Bridge to Batasan is on Section 6 of the timeline, approximately between September 2016 and August 2019.
It can be recalled that this open forum was not the first time that Coalition C6 had a dialog with barangay officials. On July 12 (Sunday), Coalition C6 gathered on the common ground of the San Antonio de Padua Parish and the San Antonio de Padua Catholic School. Incidentally, Bgy. Secretary Edwin P. Misolas was at the vicinity to attend a church activity. He took the initiative to enlighten the zealous group of the plans being ironed out by the barangay council to ensure that the public benefits rather than suffers from the C6 Project.
A day after which, Coalition C6 leaders marched to the barangay hall to have a round-table discussion with Capt. Abad, Kgds. Custodio and Filomena “Luming” V. de Guzman, and National Government Center (NGC) Administrator, Director Eric Ibañez.
Way back April 20 (Monday), in a regular council session, Capt. Abad invited a handful of officers from various subdivisions to discuss the same plan.
Written by Aphrodite
Photos taken by Bgy. Sec. Edwin Misolas,
Arvin Dimzon and Boyet Pascual