Are the southern highways safe?

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014


RAINY days are here again and farmers are happy with the waters from heaven pouring into the rice fields and cane fields. But the sad part of the rains is the flooding of the roads and highways.

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Truly, it is miserable for commuters and travelers to experience light or heavy flooding on the streets as it is truly uncomfortable for employees, students, and even just those walking by.

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Driving on the southern highways after leaving the now well-paved Sum-ag highway is a happy mood for motorists along the boundaries of Bago City. In a coffee talk, the retired banker told everyone that it was built by a Chinese contractor and financed by the World Bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) for a reasonable budget that is worth the project.

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In that same coffee discussion, an engineer informed the group that the engineering sub-contractor taken in by the Chinese contractor performed well in their expertise as Filipino engineers. But more miserable than a death in the family is that this Chinese contractor has allegedly failed to pay the services of the Filipino engineers and workers, he further said.

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The engineer said that the sub-contractor did a good job on its required services but until today, the Chinese contractor owes the Filipino engineers millions and millions of pesos and the Filipino workers have remained unpaid.

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This is a case of neglect, if ever true, that workers have remained unpaid. There is no reason for the failure to pay because the contracting party is a World Bank reputable institution and for sure prompt payment of whatever is due is in order.

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Filipino workers should not be taken for granted and this foreign contractor should pay what has been worked for by Filipinos, the golfer in the crowd insisted. Maybe Mitch Lipa and Nico Delfin should visit the office of this Chinese contractor located at the batching plant along the Bago City highway near Distileria Bago.

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This column greets Jessie Efenio, Shirley Ledesma, Ariston Minez Jr. and Illa de Luzuriaga, Cano and Nita Tan of Campuestohan, Tonet Abong, Sharlyn Cordero, Mark Campos, Panyo Torre, Boy Geronca, Atty. Leon Moya and Bob Justiniani.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 01, 2014.

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