DPWH to disallow future bidding from erring contractors

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, 01 December 2015 by Sheila Covarrubias—Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson vowed to run after contractors who are performing way below their targets in the different housing projects under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R).

The visiting Secretary declared that sanctions will be taken against contractors who are beyond the 15% allowable slippage. “We will not allow them to join our biddings (in the DPWH); they are identified.”

Singson said this after meeting with line agencies doing housing, water and power lines and other infrastructures, and a subsequent inspection of Z3R sites together with Mayor Beng Climaco.

“It is really in the shelter and the support facilities like water and sanitation where we encounter some problems,” the secretary admitted but stressed that funding has already been given to the line agencies in charge of implementing the various packages.

Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, who is the Z3R czar, arrives in Zamboanga on December 1  to personally get updates on the implementation of the various road and housing packages under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction program. Highlight of the visit is the site inspection together with Zamboanga Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar in areas affected by the siege where he vowed to act against contractors performing way below their targets.  JOEY BAUTISTA

Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson (far right), who is the Z3R czar, arrives in Zamboanga on December 1 to personally get updates on the implementation of the various road and housing packages under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction program. Highlight of the visit is the site inspection together with Zamboanga Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar (2nd from right) in areas affected by the siege where he vowed to act against contractors performing way below their targets. JOEY BAUTISTA

Based on reports, some construction firms, handling numerous contracts are way behind schedule in the implementation of the projects. Among the reasons cited for the delay are the lack of materials, lack of manpower and slow release of government permits, among others.

He declined to publicly identify erring contractors but when asked whether or not formal charges will be filed against the said firms, he asserted that disallowing contractors to join future biddings will have a bigger impact.

Based on the accomplishment report submitted by the National Housing Authority as of November 21, 2015, 30.37% or 1,974 out of the total 6,500 housing units have been completed with only 869 legally turned over to the beneficiaries. In adding those houses that were done through the home materials assistance (HOMA) program, the total accomplishment reached 39.03%.

Originally, President Benigno Aquino’s timeline for the completion of the Z3R project was June 2015.

Meanwhile, the extended timeline for the Z3R project is March 2016 notwithstanding the challenges besetting the implementation of the same.

The Local Inter-Agency Committee (LIAC) chaired by Mayor Climaco has passed a resolution last November 24 asking the national government to rescind contracts as well as to impose liquidated damages on construction firms with long overdue Z3R projects. (Sheila Covarrubias)

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