DPWH vows to run after erring contractors in Z3R projects PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 17:59

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson on Tuesday 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).

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 Tuesday morning.

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

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.

Singson 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.”

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. Adding those houses that were done through the home materials assistance (HOMA) program, the total accomplishment reaches 39.03%.

Originally, President 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