City’s P60 million funds for bridge overpriced? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 May 2016 13:58

By DEXTER YAP

District 2 Congresswoman Lilia Macrohon-Nuño revealed that the allocated budget of the city government for the construction of the Lamisahan bridge is questionable in terms of the big amount intended for the project.

Nuño said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) which she was able to convince to allocate funds for the construction of the bridge project has just concluded the bidding which cost distinctively lower than the P45 million allocated by the city government.

DPWH has already awarded the bridge project to ALRAF/WEE builders in the bidded amount of P39,052,316.14 for the construction of a bridge and approaches.

The solon said the government was able to save several millions of pesos from the said appropriated amount compared to the proposed P60 million which was proposed by the local government.

“The public can compare the huge difference from the bidded P39 million of DPWH against the P60 million of the city government, bien grande gayot el diferencia na presyo,” Nuño said.

Nuño added that she doesn’t want to suspect another “overpricing” issue against the present local administration after a series of revelations unfolded recently over alleged overpriced transactions.

“Figures won’t lie, they should explain to the public why did they quote almost half of the bidded amount for the same project against the technical experts from DPWH,” Nuño said.

Nuño  had an earlier criticized the local chief executive when there was an alleged attempt of the current city administration to stop the construction of her initiated P45 million bridge project in Lamisahan in the City’s east coast.

Commenting on reports reaching her office that the city hall has asked the DPWH to stop the implementation of the project in place of a P60 million project, Nuño protested the idea saying it is not good for the people.

“Why spend city funds on the bridge project when in fact there is already national funds allocated for it and the construction is ready to commence?” asked Nuño.

Instead of trying to stop her initiated project, Nuño stressed that city hall should revert the P60 million funding for the transfer of the city jail because it is very congested there and the location is no longer practical for the detention facility.

The congresswoman also advised city hall to utilize the said funding for other local projects, “like for example repair of local roads and improvement of farm- to-market roads.”

Nuño revealed that 1st District Rep. Celso Lobregat, vice chair of the House Committee on Appropriation who happens to be a classmate also of DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson in college, was very instrumental in facilitating the release of the budget and for fast-tracking the implementation of such priority project. – Dexter Yap