NHA Gen. Manager apologizes for collapsed footbridge, calls for redesign

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  • An executive of the National Housing Authority apologized for the collapsed wooden footbridge in Zamboanga City
  • He said that the NHA must re-design its wooden bridge

Marcellino Escalada, the General Manager of the National Housing Authority (NHA) has apologized for the collapsed wooden footbridge in Zamboanga City during an inspection by local officials late in April.

“I asked for an apology because nangyari ‘yun [that happened], but moving forward, I said dapat mag-repair agad, [must be repaired A.S.A.P.]” Escalada said.

“Second is dapat ire-design ng NHA yung aming foundation ng wooden bridge because it has become a permanent community already,” he added.

[Secondly, we must re-design the foundation of our wooden bridge because it has become a permanent community already.]

Congressman Alfredo Benitez, the chair of House Committee on Housing and Urban Development chair, Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar, Zamboanga City Representative Celso Lobregat, and other officials were conducting an inspection on the relocation site of those displaced by the Zamboanga siege when the footbridge collapsed on April 26.

Benitez said after the incident that the footbridge had cost P12 million.

The bridge has already been rehabilitated.

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