Procurement, implementation delays plague Cavite P117M road projects
by Allan Yves Briones
The Commission on Audit (COA) cited the provincial government of Cavite over delays in the implementation of road repair, rehabilitation and improvement projects totaling P117.53 million in 2018.
State auditors found that of the total P151.98 million made available to the province, it was only able to complete three projects worth P34.45 million due to delays incurred during the procurement process and project implementation.
“The afore-cited delays in the procurement process and project implementation need to be addressed by the concerned offices of the provincial government as all these redound to the deprivation of the constituents of the immediate enjoyment of the intended use/benefits therefrom,” the 2018 annual audit report stated.
The province’s road projects include:
- Upgrading of Urdaneta – San Agustin Road
- Upgrading and improvement of Alfonso – Gen. E. Aguinaldo Road
- Upgrading and improvement of Kabulusan Junction – Ramirez Road
- Upgrading and improvement of Luksuhin – Matagbak Road
- Upgrading and improvement of Sicat Road
- Upgrading and improvement of Maragondon – Indang Road via Malainen Luma – Banaba
- Upgrading and improvement of Mendez – Alfonso Road
- Upgrading and improvement of Alfonso – Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Road
A review of the projects’ documents revealed delays in the publication of invitation to bid, signing of contracts and issuance of Notice to Proceed which affected overall completion.
Both Mendez – Alfonso and Maragondon Indang roads barely reached the halfway completion mark, being at 34.01 percent and 12.88 percent, respectively. The latter, only just past the clearing, widening and initial sub-grading phase.
“It was noted that the grant of time extensions to the contractors were not anchored on valid supporting documents and seemed to have been granted only to avoid charges of liquidated damages, thus needing further evaluation by the technical staff of our Regional Office,” the report read.
COA asked that Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla direct the chairman of the Bids and Awards Committee to address the delays in the procurement process, and order the provincial engineer to ensure the projects’ timely implementation.
According to the provincial engineer, also in the report, he has coordinated with the chairman and the Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator with regards to the delayed road projects.
In addition, he explained that the implementation of the road projects was hampered by a host of other reasons including road-right-of-way problems, weather conditions, and even the shortage of materials.
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