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Kawawa mga buntis: COA wants Fabella hospital builders charged, blacklisted

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The Department of Health has decided to terminate the P1.5 billion contract with the J.D. Legaspi Construction and other contractors for the transfer and redevelopment of the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital due to massive delays in construction.

The DOH, on the advice of the Commission on Audit, will collect P56 million in damages from the contractors.

It is also planning to file for damages against the contractors and blacklist all of them for depriving the government of delivering key services to indigent patients. The New York Times described Fabbela hospital as one of the world’s busiest maternity and newborn public hospital with an average 60 births per day or “sometimes one baby every 12 minutes” and a delivery of fee of P3,000.

The contractors for phase I are J.D. Legaspi, D.L. Cervantes Construction Corp. and A.C. Ong Consulting Inc. J.D. Legaspi is the lone contractor for phase II.

In its annual audit report, the contractors completed only 59 percent of the project and still has P629 million in unfulfilled costs.

The first phase was supposed to be completed in 28 months from January 205 to May 2017. The second was scheduled for completion in January 2016 to May 2017.

Both phases were not finished even after these were allowed to extend up to November 2017.