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Dahil naboboldyak si Villar: DPWH eyes database of contractors’ equipment

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Following a bad experience that saw it blacklist two contractors, the Iloilo City District Engineering Office is eyeing a database of construction equipment owned by contractors for government projects.

ICDEO head Engr. Rodney Gustilo made the proposal during a recent meetings with the undersecretaries of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

“The equipment committed by the contractor should be registered in the database. So that during the post-evaluation, if you see that that equipment was also committed to another district engineering office, that will be the basis in disqualifying the particular contractor,” Gustilo said.

Gustilo said the lack of equipment among contractors has been one of the most cited reasons for the delay in implementation of road projects.

He said some contractors even borrow equipment such as graders and backhoes from bigger construction companies, while others transfer their machines from one project site to another.

Earlier this year, the ICDEO recommended the termination of two contractors that incurred more than 15 percent negative slippage.

But the two firms, JHJ Construction and Legacy Construction, got a reprieve from DPWH-6 regional director Wenceslao Leaño Jr. after they committed to finishing their works within 30 to 45 days.

Gustilo said that with a database, they can be sure no piece of equipment committed to a specific project would be used in other areas until the project is finished.

The policy will be included in the bidding requirements and the post-evaluation of every contract. Violations will be a ground for sanctions.

If projects in a certain district engineering office are delayed, the district engineer will be in hot water.

“We will be strict on this. Our stay as district engineers is dependent on our performance. If we cannot meet our target without a justifiable reason, we will be subject to eviction or transfer to other offices,” he said.

Earlier, DPWH secretary Mark Villar warned 43 contractors of 400 projects that they are at risk of being blacklisted due to delay in their works.

For 2018, the ICDEO has a P1.5-billion budget for 134 projects. A major cause of the delay in the construction works is the problem on the road right-of-way.

Meanwhile, Gustilo lamented the lack of qualified contractors not only in the city but nationwide. Iloilo City has only 15 contractors working on 134 projects.