Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bulacan legislator to file charges vs.DPWH

MALOLOS CITY—A Bulacan provincial board member warned of filing charges against the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for improper implementation of infrastructure projects in the province.

This came as DPWH officials drew flak for the road-widening project along the MacArthur Highway here while public utilities posts have not been transferred.

Records showed that about 1,000 electric and telephone posts have encroached on the road right of way of the Manila North Road or the MacArthur Highway from Meycauayan City Calumpit town.

“I will definitely file charges against the DPWH if they will issue certifi cate of completion to their contractors,” Board Member Michael Fermin said. He said that implementation of road widening project along the MacArthur Highway is “improper.”

Fermin said that over 200 posts are still on the way of drainage canals being constructed or within the road right of way. “That’s a clear misuse of public funds and bad stewardship of people’s money,” he said.

The Senior Board Member also noted that more than a week ago, the said drainage canal was repaired even if the project is not completed yet. “They upgraded the canal and if they spent P2 million with it the first time  constructed the canal, they spent the same for the repair,” he said.

Fermin also blamed the DPWH for lack of consultation with local government units before implementing the project. He also expressed dismay over the lack of monitoring and assessment by provincial and city engineering offices on the said project.

“I wonder why,” Fermin said and added, “they should have the last word before the implementation.”

For his part, Engineer Glenn Reyes, head of the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) said they conduct monitoring on the said projects. But when asked if PEO conducts on-site monitoring and ocular inspection during the implementation of the project, Reyes said they only receive reports from the DPWH.

With regards to relocation of public utilities posts along the MacArthur Highway, Engineer Ruel Angeles said they have been coordinating with public utilities companies, but their requests to relocate posts were disregarded.

He added that since they started implementing road widening along the MacArthur Highway in 2005, they had already sent requests. However, Fermin and Gov, Wilhelmino Alvarado said public utilities companies responded by relocating some of the posts in Guiguinto town and in Barangay Dakila in this city.

Fermin stressed that lack of [proper coordination in the implementation of said road widening project will cost the government a lot money.

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