Engineer’s Office asked to explain ‘project delays’-A A +A
Saturday, September 21, 2013
THE City Council of Bacolod approved the resolution authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito, inquiring the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) through Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella on why there was a very long delay in the completion of several road construction projects.
The CEO was also directed to submit an explanation within 10 days to the City Council and requests them to immediately complete the said projects.
“It has been observed that several road construction projects initiated by the previous administration are still unfinished, which made our residents and motorists wonder if when will this projects will be done considering that it affects the flow of traffic particularly in some major thoroughfares of the city,” the resolution states.
The previous City Council ratified the contracts agreement entered by the city and construction contractors, namely: Hummingbird Construction and Supply and Wilkinson Construction which is for the repair and rehabilitation of the city's roads which were identified and was stipulated in the contract.
Until now, only half of the lanes were rehabilitated while the other half was left unfinished that caused a lot of inconvenience to the residents and vehicle owners in the said barangays. The same situation can be seen in J.R. Torres Subdivision, Barangay Singcang-Airport, the resolution further read.
“It was provided also in the contract agreement that the road construction projects should be finished within 120 days (inclusive of Saturdays and Sundays) from receipt of the notice to proceed, and since this contract was ratified last March, then as of this time, the projects should be done,” it further states.
The resolution also read: “The said contract provides that in case an extension shall be needed to finish the projects, the contractor shall make a written request to the city and the same shall be granted only based on highly justifiable grounds.”
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 21, 2013.