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Duke Frasco wants heads to roll over collapsed bridge wall

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The contractor should explain why this newly-built bridge turned out to be flimsy.

Cebu Congressman Duke Frasco could not believe how the wall of a bridge in his district would collapse barely a year after it was constructed.

The politiko dropped the name of its builder: WTG Construction/La Prueba Construction, which finished the Parallel Suba Bridge only in 2019.

He said the entire wall collapsed, with the concrete giving in and the steel sheets caving.

“The intention of this project was to alleviate traffic and ease people’s suffering. Because of evidently poor construction quality and an apparent disregard for standards and safety, the contractor is causing public endangerment. I am calling on the DPWH for an immediate investigation, the suspension of this project, and to consider the blacklisting of this contractor,” Frasco said in a statement.

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STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN DUKE FRASCO ON COLLAPSE OF RETAINING WALL ADJOINING PARALLEL SUBA BRIDGE IN LILOAN Denouncing the collapse of the retaining wall of the Parallel Suba Bridge in the Municipality of Liloan on February 12, 2020, 5th District Congressman Duke Frasco is calling for an immediate investigation on the contractor of the project. WTG Construction/La Prueba Construction began construction of the DPWH-funded project last year. While conducting an inspection of the retaining wall today together with Liloan Mayor Christina Frasco, DPWH Engineers, and a representative of the contractor, it was discovered that the steel pile sheets supporting the retaining wall had given in, causing the concrete beams atop to break and disintegrate. Cracks were also seen on the embankment of the bridge whose supporting steel piles appeared rusted, corroded, cracked, and bent. Visibly upset, Congressman Frasco questioned the contractor’s representative on the apparent poor quality of the work and materials used for the project. “The intention of this project was to alleviate traffic and ease people’s suffering. Because of evidently poor construction quality and an apparent disregard for standards and safety, the contractor is causing public endangerment. I am calling on the DPWH for an immediate investigation, the suspension of this project, and to consider the blacklisting of this contractor,” Congressman Frasco said.

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