Contractors shun bidding on Council building defect PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 February 2011 15:34

Some known contractors in the city the other day said that they don’t have any intention to join in the bidding for the repair of the City Council’s rooftop.

“It is very controversial. Besides, the repair will only be done in the rooftop and has no assurance that it will cure the defect of the entire edifice,” said one of the contractors who have been undertaking government projects.

At present, the City Council is still in the process of enacting  an ordinance for the appropriation of P9.6 million for the repair of the said rooftop, which the PICE (Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers) found as defective that needs immediate repair.

PICE, led by its president Engineer Antonio Sta. Elena, was tapped by the city government to conduct investigation on the structural defect of the City Council building.

PICE result revealed that there is indeed a deficiency on the edifice structural design that causes the so-called “torsional stressed” on its beam and girders.

In a dialogue at the City Council the other day, Sta. Elena said that the structural engineers maybe liable for the defects as well as the contractor.

For less than seven years, cracks have been observed in the different areas of the building. Additional columns (post) were put up right at the session hall after it was found out that the existing posts could not carry the load of the third floor and the roof deck of the building.

The two contractors, who asked for anonymity, have shared similar observation that the structural engineers should first be held liable and the contractor only followed what has been designed.

“There is no assurance that after the repair will be made, the whole building will be free from any possible damages. But it could somehow help to avoid further deterioration. But if you are going to ask me if I am joining the bidding, I say no. I don’t want to be part of the controversial issue,” the contractor, who is a member of the constructor association in the city, said in jest. — Jimmy Villaflores