Kalinga mayor orders contractor to fast track Pamana project

  • August 09, 2017
  • Peter A. Balocnit

TINGLAYAN, Kalinga, Aug. 9(PIA) - - Mayor Sacrament Gumilab demanded Zabu Engineering, a local contractor to fast track completion of the Bugnay-Butbut road concreting project here.

Gumilab’s demand stemmed from the failure of the contractor to complete  project within the  target completion date  and after finding that payment was more than what was accomplished.

The P48 million concreting project of the 2.3-kilometer  and 900- meter road opening  of the Bugnay-Butbut road  funded under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) in 2015 through the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)  was supposed to be completed in November 2016. It was also found out that  there was overpayment payment  vis a vis  actual  accomplishment.

The local government unit reported 77 percent accomplishment. However, monitoring conducted by the Department of Interior and Local Government last week found out that only 55% was actually accomplished. A deficit of 15,000 cubic meters of excavation incurred by the contractor was also reported by the Municipal Engineering Office (MEO).

Engr. Max Mayer Adong, DILG OIC, said the project is under-accomplished yet overpaid after the contractor collected P38 million.  He lamented MEO’s lack of “as built plan” in monitoring the actual phase by phase accomplishment or volume of work accomplished. 

He said his office conducted series of meetings with LGU officials and the contractor including an every-Thursday weekly consultation in order to keep the project going. “We issued the contractor a catch-up plan for them to comply,” Adong stressed.

Kalinga is  a recipient of 14 PAMANA projects in 2015 and 2016 worth  P111 million including the -on-going P40M Wagod bridge in Pinukpuk, four communal irrigation systems, two potable water systems, a foot bridge, three warehouses, and a pathway.

Another unfinished Pamana project which the community people are clamoring to be completed is the P32- million concreting of Asibanglan road in Pinukpuk. It was funded by OPAPP in 2016 and reported to be 24% accomplished. 

It can be recalled that construction stopped after the burning of a backhoe of the contractor on March 30 this year. 

Barangay Chairman Celino Baggay of Asibanglan reached out to authorities for the continuation of said project while investigation of the burning has not concluded yet.

Adong urged citizens to be vigilant in their role to support government by helping monitor the implementation of projects or to report irregularities. He said the Ombudsman acts on complaints filed in their office citing the case of two barangay chairmen who are awaiting their suspension by the Ombudsman for failing on their sworn duties to uphold tenets of good governance. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)

T


Other News

Palace closely monitoring situation on avian flu
  • August 20, 2017
MANILA, Aug. 20 -- Malacañan on Saturday, August 19, reassured the public that it is keeping a close watch on the developments in Nueva Ecija following reports of poultry deaths, urging the people to refrain from spreading fake news which may cause distress and panic. “We are closely monitoring the situation in Nueva Ecija following the confirmation of poultry deaths in the province yesterday by the Department of Agriculture (DA). We ask our people to remain calm yet vigilant and to refrain from spreading unverified information that may cause undue alarm and panic,” Presidential Spoke...Read more
DPWH resumes road repair in Metro Manila this weekend
  • August 20, 2017
MANILA, Aug. 20 -- The Department of Public Works and Highways – National Capital Region (DPWH-NCR) will take advantage of the long weekend to continue its road reblocking activities in 10 major thoroughfares in Metro Manila which began 11PM of Friday, 18 August 2017.   DPWH-NCR Director Melvin B. Navarro reported that road works will include major areas in Quezon City including second lane, northbound direction  of Epifanio delos Santos Avenue before North Avenue; second lane, southbound direction of A. Bonifacio Street between Del Monte Street after Binhagan Street; truck lane,...Read more
Mayor Beng reiterates: Avoid looking for jobs in risky areas
  • August 20, 2017
By Felipo David G. Malcampo ZAMBOANGA CITY, August 16 (PIA) – City Mayor Beng Climaco reiterated her warning to jobseekers to avoid looking for jobs in risky areas since there is plenty of employment opportunities in the city. “Please refrain from looking for work in risky areas because we have a lot of job opportunities in Zamboanga,” Mayor Climaco said during a press briefing Monday (August 14). Last month, four Zamboangueño laborers namely Jayson Vailoces, Joel Adanza, Felimon Guerrero, Jr. and Edmundo Ramos were abducted while doing construction and painting jobs in Sulu. L...Read more
DAR marks CARPER’s 8th Anniversary
  • August 20, 2017
By Alfonso T. Ruda   DIPOLOG CITY, August 16 (PIA)--- The Department of Agrarian of Agrarian Reform held a press conference with the local media in line with the department’s 8th CARPER Anniversary celebration.   According to DAR-Zamboanga del Norte PARPO II Mohammad Dassan Adju, the press conference was called to update the local media on the projects implemented by DAR in the province and to thank the media for their continuous support to its information dissemination campaign.   Adju said that apart from its regular project, presently DAR is implementing two (2) forei...Read more