DPWH warns ‘substandard’ contractors


Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Contractors with defective projects due to the use of inferior or substandard materials or poor workmanship will not be eligible to participate in future bidding of projects in the Department of Public Works and Highways.

DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson ordered to all implementing units of the agency to strictly comply with the provisions of Republic Act 9184 or Government Procurement Reform Act of 2003.

He also said DPWH officials who fail to implement the said provision will likewise be sanctioned in accordance to Civil Service rules and regulations.

Singson said this will lessen the increasing number of public works projects which were issued certification of completion by DPWH implementing offices but were not yet issued with the certificate of acceptance even after the one-year defect liability period had lapsed. This is due to the failure on the part of contractors to correct the defects noted despite the issuance of notice to repair inferior works.

The DPWH implementing offices were also directed by Singson to undertake review and list all infrastructure contracts under their office that were already issued a certificate of project completion yet were not issued the certificate of acceptance.

If these contractors fail to comply within the 90-day period from the time notice to repair works was issued, Singson ordered the forfeiture of their performance security bond to be used for the appropriate repair works to be undertaken by the concerned DPWH field unit.

More importantly, the names of contractors who fail to observe and comply with their contract will be submitted to the DPWH Central Procurement Office for Civil Works to be included in the computerized registry of eligible contractors so that they will not be qualified or made eligible to participate in any future DPWH biddings.

”Our civil works procuring units, namely project management offices, regional and district offices need to be on tight watch and guarantee that our contractors perform their responsibilities or obligations stated in their contracts,” Singson said.

Also, under the right quality policy of Singson, DPWH has tightened its project inspection and quality assurance by engaging private firms to conduct quality assurance inspection of DPWH infrastructure projects nationwide.

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  • Jay

    hay naku Mr. Singson, don’t fool yourself…

  • Yusof Mala

    Ganyan naman ang DPWH.every month sinisira ang mga kalsada para maka corrupt kayo.Magtrabaho kayo hindi puro warning sa mga contractor.

  • matanglawin X

    Old news. These contractors bid on projects after all, with the DPWH
    bidding on the lowest price, so they can bloat the budget for kickbacks.

    You get what you pay for.

  • delpillar

    nung napunta ako sa ibat-ibang bansa then this last decade ay sa Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, masasabi ko na almost 80-90% ng roads and bridges sa Pilipinas (except yung nasa Expressway) ay substandard.

    First sa itsura pa lang ng mga tulay with almost no shoulders, and those roads with shoulders nga pero no proper drainage naman ay parang di nag-aral ng engineering ang mga Pinoy. Talo pa ng Greeco-Roman empire roads and bridges built 2,000 to 3,000 years ago.

    2nd, yung mga municipal anf Baranggay roads ay ampaw ang mga cemento. Kahit konti lang ang dumadaan na mga 10-wheeler and heavier trucks, sa patak pa lang ng ulan ay parang shredders na surface.

    3rd.Sa halo ng cemnto at surface soil-based preparation bago sementuhin. Yung mga ginawa ng US Engineering noon 1960’s and 70’s na highway, many were portions of the Daang Maharlika survived (without even cracks) for more than 30 years already. Ang ginawa ng DPWH in tha last decade ay pinatungan na lang nila ng asphalto and sa lahat ng asphalted roads na ginawa nila, only those portions of roads na ang ilalim na cemented roads layers ay ginawa ng mga Americano ang OK na OK pa for 10 years already.

    Then, finally, Asphalto ng Asphalto ang DPWH at mga contractors ng roads pero walang matinong recycling plant. Yung mga binaklas na asphato sa mga roads ay karamihan ay tinatapon lang. Sa US and othe countries, they have recycling plants na ang binaklas na asphalto sa roads ay can be recycled 90-95%. The good thing with Asphalt, kung alam ng DPWH ang recycling technology about that, ASPHALT CAN BE RECYCLED A THOUSAND TIMES WITHOUT DEGRADING ITS ORIGINAL QUALITY.

  • joboni96

    congrats sec singson for your singson doctrine

    1. angkop na mga projects
    2. appropriate design and standards
    3. less corruption in proper implementation

    your solution to the mabalacat highway trees
    is very innovative

    may i suggest a
    no-dismantling policy for old bridges
    and school houses

    just build a new bridge nearby
    to take the traffic

    wala na tayong dismantling cost
    walang abala
    may additional bridge pa to take lighter load traffic

    stock up on bailey bridges
    to be used as emergency bridges after calamities

    it can be also used by the armed forces
    in times of conflict

    • matanglawin X

       Old bridges are dismantled/destroyed for mainly safety reasons.  The Buendia=Osmeña flyover has been recently repaired and is now back to being lumpy, because that is one example of a “bridge” that needs to be reconstructed.

      • joboni96

        ‘may additional bridge pa to take lighter load traffic’

        if that bridge is structurally sound
        and you can add columns to do that also

        ayusin mo yung surface area
        para di ka madisturbo

        mga engineers kasi natin
        natoto lang sa practice ng mga bansang
        sobra sobra sa pera

        dismantle ng dismantle din
        to increase costs and
        of course the commission

        dapat tayong mga pilipino
        mga angkop sa sitwasyon natin
        ang mga solusyon

        this solution of course is
        preconditioned to the availability
        of space for the new bridge/route

        just right in the provinces

      • matanglawin X

        After 20 or so years, bridges need more than just repairs.  Even a structurally sound foundation can get shaken up, especially those that gets a lot of heavy traffic, both in flow and weight.

      • joboni96

        kaya ka nga gagawa ng bago
        if present structure cannot be remediated

        non dismantling of present bridge
        and new bridge construction

        1. abala sa mga tao
        2. dismantling costs

        and increases
        traffic capacity
        = 2 bridges

  • randyaltarejos

    I guess this will send a strong signal to contractors who  use substandard or inferior materials in undertaking DPWH projects. If they can only talk, this is what they say: “How can we not use inferior materials as most of our profits go to the pockets of corrupt DPWH officials??

  • Verlito

    Performance warranty must be stipulated in every government road construction projects. If the road will not lasts for the specified number of years before it will be repaired again, the contractors will be held liable to repair it at no costs to the government.

  • Opel

    we have defective bridges and other infrastructure projects because we have defective officials. as long as crocodiles will continue to ask/demand , contractors will always give and provide.

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