Soundproofing conference rooms at SP shelved for now

THE SOUNDPROOFING of the committee hearing rooms at the third floor of the Sangguniang Panlungsod is  not part of the priority repairs of the city government, according to the secretary of the office.

In an interview, SP secretary Charito Santos told TIMES that aside from a lack of budget from the city government, suppliers and contractors said that soundproofing is not a feasible project for now.

“Some of the interested parties told us it would be expensive, some say it would require materials that are not readily available,” Santos said.

According to the official, who manages the affairs of the city council, the SP has requested the soundproofing of the third floor meeting rooms (Fuschia, Green, and Violet Rooms) at the third floor for years but has not received any positive response.

During committee hearings, the audio from all the three rooms are separated only by a wooden panel, which barely muffles the sounds made from each room.

This results to confusion especially during times when all three rooms are occupied.

“We’ve tried asking for dividers like the ones used in hotels,” Santos said.

At the moment, the renovations for the three meeting rooms at the third floor are almost complete, with glass doors already installed at two of the three rooms.

At the second floor, the renovation of the councilors’ lounge is also nearing completion. The repairs have taken a while, according to Santos, as repairs were mostly done during weekends, outside government hours.

This was done to prevent the disturbance of government transactions in the building, Santos said.

The renovations are funded from the city’s 2015 annual development fund, including funding from last year’s supplemental budget 3.

According to documents from the City Engineering Office’s construction division, renovations at the councilors’ lounge at the second floor cost P500,000.

The doors of the rooms at the third floor are also undergoing replacements amounting to P298,000. The carpeting at the plenary has also been changed, costing the city P550,000 to change a decades’ old carpeting.

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