Public works secretary bans erring contractors involved in ‘Z3R’ projects

  • DPWH secretary bans contractors involved in Zamboanga roadmap projects
  • A number of contractors reportedly exceeded the 15% slippage allowance
  • The ban disqualifies the contractors from future bidding

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson has banned a number of contractors who have lagged in completing projects under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction, or Z3R, an InterAksyon article disclosed.

The report stated that Z3R is the master plan to assist families displaced by the month-long battle between government troops and a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in late 2013.

As announced by Singson, the ban disqualifies the contractors from bidding for and undertaking future public works projects; after inspecting several Z3R projects recently.

The DPWH secretary, however, declined to identify the banned contractors but disclosed that all of them have exceeded the 15 percent slippage allowance.

Meanwhile, the National Housing Authority (NHA) reported that out of the 6,500 housing units bid out, only 30.37 percent, or 1,974, have been completed and, of these figure, only 869 were formally turned over to beneficiaries as of November 21.

The NHA said the total accomplishment has reached 39.03 percent; adding that the houses were done through the home materials-assistance program.

In addition to this, several contractors acknowledged delays in completing the projects but blamed the setback on several issues; lack of materials, shortage of manpower and the slow release of government permits, among others.

Originally, the Z3R was scheduled for completion last June but the deadline was extended until March next year.

Singson met with the line agencies supervising the implementation of the housing projects before he inspected the Z3R projects.

According to the report, Singson’s inspection was in response to a request from the Local Inter-Agency Committee, chaired by Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, for the national government to rescind contracts and impose liquidated damages on contractors long overdue on completing the projects awarded them.