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More Naga revetment project anomalies unearthed

CANAMAN, Camarines Sur November 87, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Another portion of the Naga River Revetment project that is being implemented by the DPWH 2nd Engineering District faces serious scrutiny, especially the G.I. pipes railings that were discovered to have used substandard construction materials.

Interviewed by the BICOL STANDARD, 2nd Enginering District Head Engr. Rebecca Roces confirmed that her office decided not to approve the collection of NFH Construction, the winning bidder of the said infra project due to the defects discovered by her office.

“We have already repeatedly informed NFH Construction about this matter. But we do not know why the contractor does not seem to want to follow our recommendation,” District Engineer (DE) Roces said.

The G.I pipes that were recommended to be used as railings are much thicker than the ones used in the fininshed project, the report said.

“The total cost of the railings alone is P2,000,000.00. We have recommended that it should be replaced with what is specified in the program of work,” DE Roces said.

This revetment project that is being implemented by NFH Construction has total cost appropriation of P50,000,000.00.

The area where it is designated to be implemented runs along the Naga River, from Brgy. Dayangdang to Brgy. Penafrancia.

Meanwhile, in the same interview, it was also learned that the contractor had made several attempts to have his payment for the said project, but the said officials would not approve of said request.

As these developed, more alleged irregularities are now being investigated by the Citizens Crime Watch (CCW), through its Secretary General Carlo Batalla.

CCW told the Bicol Standard that anytime this week, they will be sending their own volunteers to help in the documentation of the alleged anomalies in the construction of the revetment project along the Naga River.

"We wrote a letter already to Sec. Villar to investigate on the matter not only to the collapsed portion but the entire span of the project to ensure its integrity. And of course to ensure that public fund is not wasted," Diego Magpantay of the Citizens Crime Watch said this morning.

The said project was funded thru the help of former congresswoman, now vice President, Leni Robredo.


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