The Iloilo City Esplanade: How in hell did it cost P70 million?


Physical fitness buffs jog at the Esplanade which cost the taxpayers a whooping P70 million! (Photo by Ricky Alejo/The News Today)

How did the Iloilo Esplanade cost P70 million? The entire stretch is only 1.4 kilometers. Because it carries no heavy load, it doesn’t require a strong sub-base foundation. There is no concreting involved; only pavement tiles are used over 95% of the project. Have Ilonggos lost our common sense?
A concrete road costs only P14 million per kilometer. That’s concrete road with 12 inches of first-class concrete. Please. Somebody enlighten me. Has corruption become so pervasive Ilonggos simply accept it as a fact of life?

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

3 Responses to The Iloilo City Esplanade: How in hell did it cost P70 million?

  1. Bong Renz says:

    Maybe the tiles came from France and Italy. LOL

  2. #BongRenz Maybe the pavement tiles were gold-inlaid (10K) and painted over with red paint. And the workers were Italians ? LOL

  3. The P70 million estimate was made before I learned that Senator Drilon released another P13.5 million from his pork barrel for “additional works”, raising the total cost of the project to P83.5 million.

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