Rodrigo S. Victoria
NAVAL, Biliran(PIA) – “We assure the public that any infrastructure project found out to have defects in the district will be rectified”, said a top official of the public works department here in Biliran province in a radio program.
The assurance was made by Engr. David P. Adongay, Jr., district engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways-Biliran District Engineering Office (DPWH-BDEO) in his recent guesting in Kapihan at Pulong-Pulong ng Bayan hosted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Biliran provincial information center live over Radyo Natin-Naval.
Adongay was accompanied by Engr. Alfredo P. Bollido, chief, maintenance section and Engr. Rosario B. Rosete, assistant chief, planning and design section of the same office.
Engr. Adongay’s statement was made in response to a question of what he will do to infrastructure projects undertaken by his office that are defective.
Presented to him for comment was a defective portion of a road widening project along the national highway of the Biliran Cross Country Road in Sitio Puro Kobe in Barangay Lucsoon in Naval town where cracks at the side portion and some stones have already been noted on the surface of the road, an indicator that the project is sub-standard as observed by the residents living near the location of the project.
“We will not give the final payment to the contractor of said project unless the defect is repaired or rectified”, Engr. Adongay further said.
He said, the cost of the repair is approximately estimated at P300, 000 compared to still millions of pesos collectible by the contractor after rectification where final payment will be made.
He added that DPWH will not tolerate this unwholesome practice where the government will be at a losing end..
“Based on a memorandum issued by the DPWH central office, if a contractor in the district is found out to engage in such malpractice, the same will no longer be allowed to participate in public biddings of projects or the possibility of being blacklisted,” he said.
He also appealed to the public to report to his office any defect noted on any project undertaken at the DPWH-BDEO so that appropriate action will be made. (FJ/rvictoria/PIA 8 Biliran)