Collapsed wooden footbridge in Zamboanga costs P12M, Cong. Benitez says

  • The collapsed wooden footbridge in Zamboanga costs P12 million, said a Congressman who was among those who fell on water
  • NHA and DPWH officials are among those who will be called to shed light on the incident
  • The bridge has been rehabilitated a few days after

Congressman Alfredo “Albee” Benitez, chair of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, revealed on Thursday that the wooden footbridge that collapsed in Zamboanga City costs P12 million.

Cong. Benitez made the remark during a media forum in Quezon City, days after government officials including him, fell into murky waters when the wooden footbridge in Barangay Rio Hondo collapsed.

“Yung wooden bridge na nilakaran namin ay may cost na P12 million,” Benitez said; referring to the collapsed structure funded by the National Housing Authority (NHA). [The wooden bridge we walked on had a P12 million cost.]

The bridge has since been rehabilitated after the accident.

Benitez also shared that the housing on stilts intended for the Badjao community that they were investigating at the time only cost P20,000 less than concrete housing units.

“Ordinarily, ‘yung isang housing unit na tinatayo ng NHA sa lupa na semento umaabot ng P240,000 per unit. Dito sa house on stilts na ininspection natin, ang cost niya ay P220,000. Mas mura lang ng P20,000,” he said.

[Ordinarily, a concrete housing unit that the NHA constructs on land costs P240K, while these houses on stilts we inspected costs P220K per unit. It is only cheaper by P20K.]

Benitez earlier revealed in an interview with GMA News that the materials used in the wooden footbridge were the same as those used in the house on stilts.

The congressman said that because of this, it is not impossible that the houses on stilts may also collapse.

Benitez stressed that these, among other things, will be the subject of the investigation of his committee as soon as the Congress resumes session.

He added that officials from the NHA and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are among those who will be called to shed light on the incident.