The QC Engineering Department noticed that in areas where the roads and drainage systems have been improved, new developments sprang. For instance, in Remarville subdivision in Barangay Novaliches, investors came and built townhouses in the area after the roads were paved and the drainage system was upgraded.
“First, we build the roads, the sidewalk, we put the lamp post, paint the pedestrian lane and so on…. things will follow. We don’t just build roads for the sake of it. We put things in order,” Mayor Bautista said during the recent Thanksgiving party for barangay officials.
Before infrastructure projects were implemented in the barangays, the city engineers looked up the master plan and saw that the drainage systems in many communities are not connected, which caused massive flooding in some areas.
The roads and drainage system were thus improved and other development in the area soon followed.
“These projects are more than just building roads and connecting the drainage system of one barangay to the other. We know that if we put things in order, new developments will soon follow”, the mayor added.
Mayor Bautista added that the road and drainage improvements in some barangays are also in anticipation of the planned construction of the subway system that will traverse Barangays Bagbag and Quirino.
Over the past eight years, the City Government has undertaken the improvement and construction of 450.56 kilometers of roads and constructed various flood control infrastructure (retaining wall, grouted riprap, concrete canals) which have been built over 45.48 kilometers of waterways, to contain flood waters. The bulk of the road development projects have been in District 5 (109.65 kilometers), District 1 (97.92 kilometers), and District 2 (72.79 kilometers).
The City Government also made use of idle or abandoned lands in subdivisions to build new buildings and facilities such as health centers, multi-purpose halls, sports facilities and recreational parks to be used by the residents.
This was made possible through Ordinance No SP 2298, S-2014, which “declares abandoned roads, alleys, open spaces and excess lots in QC subdivisions as properties for public use by the city government”. It also mandates subdivision owners and developers to turn over and transfer these lands to be used, preserved and maintained by the City Government.
The use of the property is also in compliance with Presidential Decree 1216, which “defines open spaces in residential subdivisions as areas reserved exclusively for parks, playgrounds, recreational uses, schools, roads, places of worship, hospitals, health centers, barangay centers and other similar facilities and amenities.”