Lawmaker: Erring contractors must be charged

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Sunday, March 2, 2014


THE local government must take legal actions against contractors who abandon projects awarded to them after collecting the 15 percent mobilization fund, said Zamboanga City first district Representative Celso Lobregat.

His statement came on the heels of reports that 17 local construction firms did not finish the projects after the City Government released the 15 percent mobilization fund, which serves as an initial payment to the contractors to enable them to mobilize equipment and personnel for the implementation of a particular project.

The mobilization fund is also being used to purchase the needed materials to commence the implementation of the project.

Lobregat said the contactors concerned should be blacklisted and must face cases in court.

He said these contractors should be reported to the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) "so that they will be blacklisted and cannot undertake government projects anywhere in the Philippines."

He said he will order to blacklist and file appropriate charges against the erring contractors "if this had happened during my time," adding that the contractors have the obligation to finish the projects awarded to them.

Lobregat, who is on his first term as first district congressman, has served as mayor of the city from 2004 until 2013.

Among the projects that were left abandoned by the 17 contractors include roads, school buildings, slope protection projects and others. (Bong Garcia)

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