Former president of Codia calls to implement policies for maintenance of works

The former president of the Dominican College of Engineers, Architects and Surveyors (Codia), Theodore Tejadacalled on the authorities to implement a public policy plan for the maintenance of road, hydraulic and building infrastructure worksto guarantee its useful life over time.

“To get the maximum return on public investment that are made in constructions, such as bridges, highways, local roads, dams, irrigation canals, as well as aqueducts and houses, it is necessary to implement and program an arduous maintenance plan”, explained Tejada, when participating in the XV Congress International Civil Engineering, held in Panama.

The construction professional spoke before the Panamanian Society of Engineers and Architects (SPIA), on the subject “Routine maintenance in the face of natural disasters”, as part of the theme of Sustainability and Climate Change.

remembered that the maintenance of the public infrastructures of a country is the most effective way to avoid loss of lifeas well as the resources that are invested to mitigate the damage caused after the passage of a natural phenomenon.

“The absence of maintenance in the works of intake of the aqueducts, the non-extraction of sediment in the dams and as well as not pruning the large trees, knock down the power lines, are some of the factors that cause these problems”, he indicated. .

The former president of Codia meant that the lack of control of weeds or vegetation on roads and neighborhood paths, as well as the lack of cleaning and the non-extraction of materials, reduces the useful life of these works by more than 50%.

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The engineer recalled that a study by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) revealed that “for every dollar we stop investing in maintenance, we have to spend seven dollars on disaster mitigation.”

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