Governor Gwendolyn Garcia issued a stern warning to the contractors of road improvement projects in the Province of Cebu for their dismal, single-digit accomplishments after the issuance of a Notice to Proceed (NTP) last November 14, 2019.
Sixteen contractors were called up in a meeting on Monday, February 3, after Garcia found out that their contracted projects are nowhere near the scheduled completion on February 11.
“I don’t have time for sloppiness, laziness, and dilly-dallying,” the governor expressed.
Jo Builders and AR Adlawan Construction mentioned of weather and lack of workers during the holidays caused the delay.
But Garcia said that manpower, material sources, and weather conditions should have already been studied well considering the deadline to beat.
“You signed the contract and you know the limitations, kay ngano man nga mi-bid pa mo,” Garcia reminded the contractors.
AR Adlawan Construction was called out for posting a dismal 5% (five percent) accomplishment in road projects in the first district along with Circle Z Ventures and Development Corporation which posted a low 0.27% (point 27 percent) in one of its road projects in the fifth district.
“Daghan kaayo tag sementohonon nga dalan. Og naghunahuna mo nga pwede ra (extensions), sayud mo nga lisud kaayo ko mohatag og extension. Mobilization is November pa gud. Kahibalo baya mo pagpirma ninyo sa kontrata sa number of days nga gihatag ninyo,” she added.
Garcia agreed to be fair enough to the contractors by giving them until February 29 to finish the projects or be subject for liquidated damages (LD) and disqualification.
“I can’t afford any further delay. Time is of the essence. It is the most important commodity. Kining mga dalana hagbay ra ning gihuwat sa katawhan,” she underscored.
Of the 16 contractors, only YBK Construction achieved a 50% accomplishment with a March 16 deadline.
To recall, road improvement projects in the Province of Cebu worth P714 million were approved last November 14, 2019. The amount is sourced from the General Fund.
The winning bidders signed a Contract Agreement and an NTP with Garcia on behalf of the Cebu Provincial Government.
The NTP stipulates that the contractor is to execute the provisions in the contract within seven days from the date of approval, or on November 21, 2019.
Aside from Jo, AR Adlawan, YBK, and Circle Z, other winning construction firms include April Rose Enterprises and Builders, Quirante Construction, B.L. Pangan Construction, Dinah Jane Construction and Supply, P.B. Obial Construction/First Grandeur Builders JV, Helm Construction and Supplies, First Builders and Developers, WTG Construction and Development Corp., Rovilla Construction, Duros Development Corp., JFAP Construction, and Rex Morales Construction.
The barangay road concreting works reached a total of 160 kilometers.
In the first district, road improvements are set in Dumlog Barrio Road Section in Talisay City; Pakigne-Tubod Manduwang Road Section in Minglanilla; Balirong-Alpaco Road Section and Langtad-Bairan Road Section of Naga City; (Sangi) Magsico-Balungag Road Section in San Fernando; Calidngan-Balungag Road Section and Valencia-Buenavista Road Section in Carcar City; and Lamakan-Mangyan-Candaguit Road Section in Sibonga.
In the second district, road sections are Usmad-Cansuje in Argao; Mantalongon-Dugyan in Dalaguete; Poblacion-Nug-as in Alcoy; Poblacion-Dalayday-San Antonio in Boljoon; and Poblacion-Canang in Oslob.
Road sections in the third district are Gunting-Balao in Barili; Zaragosa-Rosario in Aloguinsan; Tungkay-Loay-Bunga-Campo 8, Sam-ang, Bulongan, Canlumampao, Poog, Talavera, Media Once, Tubod in Toledo City; Poblacion-Lamesa and Liki-Cabagdalan in Balamban; Lunas-Santa Lucia in Asturias; Mangga-Sto.Nino Road in Tuburan.
It also includes road works in Tupas, Anislag, Anapog, Binabag, Buhingtubig, Busay, Butong, Camugao, Duangan, Guimbawian, Lamac, Lut-od, Mangoto, Opao, Pandacan, Poblacion, Punod, Rizal, Sacsac, Sambagon, Sibago, Tajao, Tangub, and Tanibag in Pinamungajan town.
As for the fourth district, road sections covered are Mano-Cayam in San Remigio; Curva-Tindog in Medellin; Poblacion-Tominjao-Maya in Daanbantayan; Nipa-Cayaan in Tabogon; Sulangan and Ticad-Sillion in Bantaya; Poblacion-Madridejos-San Agustin in Madridejos; and Maricaban in Santa Fe.
In the fifth district, road projects are located in Sagay-Borbon in Borbon; Poblacion-Agsuwao in Catmon; Dawis-Triumpo and Ipil in Carmen; Guimbal-Dapdap in Compostela; Jubay-Cotcot-Cabadiangan and Bag-ong Daan in Liloan; San Francisco-Santiago in San Francisco; Western Poblacion-Adela-Daan Paz in Poro; and Poblacion-Puertobello in Tudela.
For the sixth district, improvements are for road sections of Tayud-Semenario in Consolacion and Bangbang-Buagsong in Cordova.
In the seventh district, road sections being repaired are Poblacion-Sorsogon in Malabuyoc, Sangi-Dugyan in Alegria, Lambug-Banhigan in Badian, Poblacion-Bugho in Moalboal, and Poblacion-Candabong in Alcantara. (Eleanor Valeros)