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Monday, September 16, 2019

Construction woes

THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) intends to train able bodies to be good construction workers. This is indeed a welcome development considering the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program.

For someone who has experienced sloppy work from different construction workers under supposedly a contractor or by their individual capacity, I am certain that I can be assured of a better work from these workers. Since I arrived from the United States in 2008, I have had disappointing encounters with people who claimed to be carpenters, painters etc. but who turned out to be as inexperienced as my son when it comes to construction work. There were even instances when I requested them to redo the work and they promised to do the back job but never showed up.

My son had an extension done recently in his house in one of the subdivisions in Liloan, Cebu. There was a signed contract between the contractor and my son that was duly notarized. The supposed contractor later turned out to be a hoax. The expansion was full of defects from the walls, cabinets, ceilings. The painting was awful and he even tried to install a “palochina” front door. On top of that, the entire extension took almost a year to finish. I later found out that there were several homeowners in the same subdivision victimized by the same contractor. I intend to report the matter to the developer of the subdivision so the contractor will be banned in our subdivision.

Some people advised my son to sue the contractor. It is an expensive option considering the cost of litigation. Another option is to inform the Office of the Mayor through its Office of the Building Official (OBO) so that the contractor will no longer be issued a building permit.

There are people who venture into the construction business but do not have the expertise to start with. They also lack the finances so that they are compelled to hire workers who, like their supposed contractor, boss and foreman, lack the necessary training.

Our government should come up with a list of certified contractors and blacklist those who do not come up to standards. There are civil engineers and architects who have not passed the licensing requirement and yet regard themselves as contractors. How is the government able to protect the end-users?

A list of contractors must be made available in the barangay level, if not in the municipality or city. Then we can get rid of contractors who are better off experimenting on construction work in their own backyard.
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