Celso warns contractors with poor performance PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 August 2011 13:50

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday said contractors with poor performance specifically in terms of project quality will not qualify in biddings for new projects.
This condition, the mayor pointed out, has been in place ever since the city government embarked on massive infrastructure program to ensure the implementation of quality projects.

The mayor said this, as administration critics yesterday assailed the city government for allegedly failing to act on deficiencies in a school building project undertaken by a local contractor at the Lunzuran Elementary School.

“Actually, this report came in last March yet and one of our actions is to have the building repaired and those contractors with deficiencies will not be allowed to participate in new biddings unless they make the necessary corrections,” the mayor told reporters who sought his comments on the issue. “It is not that we are not taking actions, siguro huli na sila sa balita,” the mayor said.

The two storey 6 classroom building, undertaken by RPJM, a local contractor, has been found to be defective during actual inspection by a team on March 24, according to Lobregat.  The building has not yet been turned over to the city government due to discrepancies. Similar defects have also been discovered in another school building, also undertaken by the same contractor, at the Putik Elementary School.

Aside from the project monitoring and inspectorate team, the chief executive himself also assessed the projects as early as March and ordered the necessary measures.
Following several inspections, the City Engineer has recommended that the contractor remove and reconstruct the whole (second) floor while the contractor suggested the application of beams. “But he (contractor) has to do it, change the whole floor and it should be done right away”, the mayor stressed.

The mayor assured that sanctions are being imposed on contractors with poor performance. “This contractor was told that even if he joins (in new biddings) he cannot get any project unless he completes the repairs (in the cited school buildings)”.

He opined that this could be one of the reasons why there are no takers in certain projects
Meanwhile, he said the City Hall inspectorate team inspects projects that have been completed or are undergoing construction to check on defects and other discrepancies. These defects and discrepancies and other concerns are discussed during regular meetings with CEO personnel and concerned offices, he emphasized. — Sheila Covarrubias