By Elida Bianca Marcial
August 29, 2017; Tuesday, 8:31PM

The mining company operating in Angono LafargeHolcim Aggregates Inc. and local officials led by Mayor Gerry Calderon signed this Tuesday, August 29, 2017 a Memorandum of Agreement which strengthens the partnership between public and private entities.

Lafarge was represented by Irene Azarcon.

The agreement involves the cementing and rehabilitation of 110-meter portion of DOMSA or Don Mariano Santos Avenue in Barangay San Isidro.

The road repair aims to improve the trade and commercial activities in the area and ensure the safety of motorists.

The memorandum did not indicate the amount to be spent by each party.

However, a similar agreement in February 2017 which featured the re-blocking and cementing of 100-meter portion of DOMSA from Cozy Homes Subdivision to Medalva Subdivision showed the project cost P3 million.

In an interview, Alan Maniaol, chief of staff of the Office of the Mayor, said Lafarge will shoulder all the expenses, and the municipality will “provide manpower and equipment’” for the project.

The newly signed agreement likewise outlines the particular tasks of each party.

In particular, LHAI will be responsible for installing safety signs, conducting necessary surveys and measurements to determine the project limit, concrete breaking and hauling of broken concrete, excavation of base to desired elevation and removal of unsuitable materials, delivery of sub-base and base course, grading of base;

Spreading of sub-base course and base course, rolling/levelling, compaction of base with FDT Field Density Testing, installation of formworks, concreting, curing and ensuring the project is completed not later than 60 days from its commencement.

The municipality, on the other hand, will be responsible for providing the manpower or labor support for the project, assigning and managing traffic enforcers to maintain order at DOMSA, coordination of activities

Providing Site Engineer, ensuring that the project complies with LHAI’s safety policies and requirements at all times, and ensuring that the project will be completed within 60 days.

Mayor Gerry has been a champion of PPP or Public-Private Partnership, a scheme which he has applied also in ensuring less expensive laboratory services in the Angono Municipal Health Center and burial services provided in Heaven’s Gate or Angono Municipal Cemetery.

(With reports from Richard R. Gappi)