Elmer to Council: Accept tow truck PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 17:07

By RG Antonet Go

The Chief of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office is urging the City Council to accept a controversial P14-million tow truck despite existing problems on specifications.

Dr. Elmier Jade Apolinario, CDRRMO Chief, reasoned that the smaller wheels accompanying the equipment is better for the purpose for which the equipment will be used.

“When we purchased, pensaba tupaw kel grande.  Mas bueno gale el diutay rueda mas mafuersa, “ Apolinario said.

He assured councilors that the vehicle was purchased following the proper bidding and procurement procedures and the vehicle itself was inspected by the city government and the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Apolinario also stressed that the tow truck will be considered as a rescue vehicle for disaster and not for traffic as disaster funds were used for the purchase of the equipment.

“Era as soon as possible este pwede ya recivi para pwede usa si tiene accidente,” Apolinario said.

Engineer Rene Dela Cruz, General Services Officer, meanwhile replied that the city government can accept the tow truck provided that legal requirements have been fulfilled.

Dela Cruz initially expressed his staunch opposition to accept the tow truck after discovering that it did not adhere to specifications in bidding documents.

“Ese unit tali ya even with the deviation na specification si allowed by law pwede accepta el city, pwede yo man accept as the property custodian, but if not allowed by law, hende iyo man accept conese,” Dela Cruz said.

The City Council however was not convinced on Apolinario’s proposal and instead asked for documents pertaining to the equipment to review the matter further.

Recall that the tow truck arrived in the city last October and was subsequently inspected last January and March.

The City General Services Office refused to accept the equipment after finding out that such did not follow specifications on the tire, axel and the gross weight.

In a later but related move, the city government disallowed the tow truck supplier, XJJ Enterprises, from participating in the bidding for dump trucks due to discrepancies on the delivery of the towing vehicle.  (RGAAGo)