MANILA – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has blacklisted over 20 non-performing or scheming contractors since the start of the Duterte administration as part of its efforts to curb corruption.

Token achievement: Mark Villar boasts of 25 contractors suspended by DPWH… since 2016

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MANILA – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has blacklisted over 20 non-performing or scheming contractors since the start of the Duterte administration as part of its efforts to curb corruption.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said since July 2016, a total of 25 contractors have been suspended, the most number in the last two decades under three administrations.

“Let this be a warning to our contractors that this administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is serious in its anti-corruption drive and will not tolerate those who bagged big amount of civil works contract but deliberately violate the law for personal gains,” Villar said in a statement.

Among those that have been blacklisted is St. Gerrard Construction General Contractor & Development Corporation which has PHP8.861 billion worth of contracts for various projects for the delay of a building project in Indang, Cavite. Villar issued the blacklisting order against the company on January 31.

A suspension order was issued on Sept. 6, 2018 for a period of one year to Syndite Construction Corporation, which has bagged various project contracts amounting PHP5.588 billion, due to negative slippage of more than 15 percent in the construction of a flood control system in Cagayan.

Contractors who violate the terms and conditions of contracts may face blacklisting or be suspended from participating in any government project in accordance with existing laws and policies.

As an administrative sanction, the blacklisted contractor is prevented from participating in all government projects for one year based on the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 9184 or otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act.

“This is a testament that collusion between contractors and DPWH officials is not being tolerated. If any of our implementing offices are tolerating erring contractors by letting them continue with their projects without sanctioning them, the Department will not hesitate in imposing disciplinary action against them,” he said.

Since thousands of public works projects are being undertaken, Villar introduced systems to ensure that these contracts are stringently monitored and safeguarded from any negligence.

He implemented the DPWH monitoring system using drones and geographic-based status reports with the progress of the projects confirmed via satellite photography or geotagging to counter ghost projects.

Also, a tech-based initiative called DPWH Infratrack application facilitates virtual monitoring of civil works projects for more accurate measurement of contractor’s accomplishments. (PNA)

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For buses’ benefit: 300K liters of fuel smuggled weekly from Bataan to NCR

By Nancy Carvajal

At least 300,000 liters of fuel is smuggled weekly from a shipyard in Mariveles, Bataan to garages of various bus companies in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, persons involved in transporting the product told the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

NBI Special Unit Action agent Melvin Escurel said individuals they have talked to claimed to be clueless about the smuggling of fuel.

“A witness said they just received instructions from ‘Jerome’ and ‘Eric’ to proceed to the Seafront Shipyard and wait for the barge that would fill up their tanker,’’ Escurel said.

Using a long hose, diesel is loaded into the tankers inside the shipyard from a barge anchored about 500 meters away from the dock.

The tankers are filled with fuel at least three times a week. They travel to the shipyard from a garage in Pasay City.

Escurel said four to five tankers deliver the fuel to the garages of various bus lines. One tanker, meanwhile, heads to Fairview, Quezon City to fill up a supposedly abandoned tanker.

Based on witnesses’ testimonies, Escurel said the fuel smuggling scheme involving the Bataan shipyard appears to be well organized.

Saan dinala? Mujiv Hataman seeks probe on 7 Muslims nabbed by police in Cavite

By Billy Begas

Deputy Speaker and Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman on Wednesday said the seven Muslims who were arrested by the police in Bacoor, Cavite are still missing.

In his privilege speech, Hataman appealed to the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency and the National Capital Region Police Office to extend some kindness to the family and tell them where they are detained.

“This happened more than a week ago, Mr. Speaker. Walang nangyaring pasabi sa mga kaanak. Hanggang ngayon, walang makapagsabi kung nasaan sila. Hinanap namin sila sa Bacoor Police, hindi nila alam kung nasaan. Hinanap namin sa Camp Crame at Camp Bagong Diwa wala din daw doon,” said Hataman.

The House leader narrated that on February 17, the police went to a construction site in Bacoor, Cavite. Eleven individuals inside were asked who among them are Muslims while lying face down. Seven of them are Muslims.

“Walang makasagot sa maraming tanong na tumatakbo sa isip ng kanilang mga pamilya: Nasaan na sila? Bakit sila inaresto? Bakit hanggang ngayon walang makapagbigay na malinaw na detalye at paliwanag ang mga umaresto sa kanila? Buhay pa ba sila?” the solon said.

He said the arrest of seven Muslims happened after the new Anti-Terrorism law was enacted. “Kaya kailangan natin itong tutukan—to ensure that the safeguards under this law, and indeed under the Constitution are being followed.”

Hataman said that on February 16, men who identified themselves as agents of the National Bureau of Investigation took a Muslim couple—Muslimen Saban Mantawi and Bai Monerah Saban while standing in front of their placement agency in Malate, Manila.

Two others– Solaiman Baonto Muhammad left his house to pray and never returned on February 19 and Abdulmuin Tula who were abducted by armed men on January 19, added to the long list of missing Muslims according to Hataman.

Anak Mindanao Rep. Amihilda Sangcopan joined Hataman in calling for an investigation by the House of Representatives.



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