Firm seeks probe of P20M water project PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 December 2011 14:52

A top executive of a construction firm has sought a “formal and impartial investigation” by officials of the Zamboanga City Water District on the P20 million water project in Pasonanca which allegedly does not conform to the plan, specification and bill of quantities as stipulated in the bid document.

Engr. Benjamin S. Dimaano, board chairman of the Bendimil Construction and Development Corp.,  initiated such move in a letter of complaint dated December 19, 2011 and addressed to Dr. Milagros L. Fernandez, ZCWD board chairman and members of the board.

The Proposed Rehabilitation Line Project at Pasonanca to Sta. Maria with contract ID No. PR-00345-10, which is now on-going, following discreet investigation made. reveals that only 300mm. or 12 inch u PVC pipes were laid out instead of the specially made or made to order 355mm diameter or 14 inch inside diameter u PVC pipe as specified in the contract.

Dimaano, a former general manager of the city’s water utility firm, estimated that such discrepancy resulted to a cost difference of about P3 to 4 million for the entire stretch of the work to be done.

On December 4, 2011, the firm’s general manager, Engr. Eduardo Ramon T. Dimaano,  in his capacity as president of Los Contratistas dela Ciudad de Zamboanga forwarded to ZCWD General Manager Leonardo Rey D. Vasquez a resolution approved by the group on November 28, 2011 seeking to inquire whether the main pipes installed were in accordance with plans and specification as stipulated.

However, the younger Dimaano lamented that it has been more than two weeks now yet no reply was made on the inquiry that can be answered immediately as protocol demands.

The same project is the subject of another complaint made earlier by the same firm before the Office of the Ombudsman when Vasquez and the ZCWD Bids and Awards Committee issued the Notice of the Lowest Calculated Bid to their firm seven days after the bid opening. However, 39 days after the issuance of the Notice, another Notice of Lowest Calculated Bid was issued to the 4rth lowest bidder. Then later declared a failure of bidding 213 days after the Bid Opening was conducted.0

According to the elder Dimaano, his firm opted not to participate in the project’s re-bidding called on August 2011 by the water firm due to the pendency of the case.  — LE