Capitol owes 31 contractors over P607 M

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Friday, January 3, 2014


A TOTAL of P607.239 million worth of projects remain unpaid by the Cebu Provincial Government as of the end of 2013.

Gov. Hilario Davide III said he will discuss the issue with Provincial Attorney Orvi Ortega, Provincial Engineer Hector Jamora and the Provincial Board.

“This is a sensitive issue. I don't want to be questioned by COA (Commmission on Audit) later,” said Davide, adding that the projects were implemented by 31 contractors without approval by the PB.

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Jamora said P250 million worth of projects have been completed and considered “demandable,” meaning that their contractors must be paid immediately. He did not, however, specify which projects have been completed.

A TOTAL of P607.239 million worth of projects remain unpaid by the Cebu Provincial Government as of the end of 2013.

Gov. Hilario Davide III said he will discuss the issue with Provincial Attorney Orvi Ortega, Provincial Engineer Hector Jamora and the Provincial Board.

“This is a sensitive issue. I don't want to be questioned by COA (Commmission on Audit) later,” said Davide, adding that the projects were implemented by 31 contractors without approval by the PB.

Jamora said P250 million worth of projects have been completed and considered “demandable,” meaning that their contractors must be paid immediately. He did not, however, specify which projects have been completed.

Help

One of the contractors, OR Sarmiento, asked for Davide’s help in collecting P34.619 million.

Another contractor, Sargaso Construction and Development Corp., also demanded payment of P146.939 million for the rehabilitation and upgrading of the Camotes and Sta. Fe (Bantayan) airports.

The Camotes airport project costs P70.9 million while the facility in Sta. Fe costs P76 million.

Davide told reporters that the contractors have to option to take legal action to make Capitol pay.

Sta. Fe, Bantayan Mayor Jose Esgana said he asked the governor's help for the airport project’s completion.

Talk

Esgana and Davide had a brief talk during the visit of Myanmar president U Thein Sein on Dec 6.

Esgana said he is willing to discuss a public-private partnership for the airport's improvement.

About 500 meters of the Sta. Fe airport runway needs to be cemented.

Esgana also asked Rep. Benhur Salimbangon (Cebu, fourth district) for help in repairing the town’s wharves, which were damaged during super typhoon Yolanda.

Esgana said the airport and the wharves are vital to Bantayan Island’s economy. OCP

Help

One of the contractors, OR Sarmiento, asked for Davide’s help in collecting P34.619 million.

Another contractor, Sargaso Construction and Development Corp., also demanded payment of P146.939 million for the rehabilitation and upgrading of the Camotes and Sta. Fe (Bantayan) airports.

The Camotes airport project costs P70.9 million while the facility in Sta. Fe costs P76 million.

Davide told reporters that the contractors have to option to take legal action to make Capitol pay.

Sta. Fe, Bantayan Mayor Jose Esgana said he asked the governor's help for the airport project’s completion.

Talk

Esgana and Davide had a brief talk during the visit of Myanmar president U Thein Sein on Dec 6.

Esgana said he is willing to discuss a public-private partnership for the airport's improvement.

About 500 meters of the Sta. Fe airport runway needs to be cemented.

Esgana also asked Rep. Benhur Salimbangon (Cebu, fourth district) for help in repairing the town’s wharves, which were damaged during super typhoon Yolanda.

Esgana said the airport and the wharves are vital to Bantayan Island’s economy.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 03, 2014.

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