Department of Public Works and Highways, contractor under scrutiny as they construct multi-purpose building

ANOTHER major facility being built at Camp Crame which has been placed under close scrutiny in the aftermath of the two strong earthquakes which struck Luzon and Visayas regions last week and amid government preparations for the so-called ‘Big One’ is a 5-storey Multi-Purpose Building with an open roof deck at the PNP Training Service compound, the Journal Group learned.

The recent quakes which killed over a dozen and injured more than 100 others have prompted calls for a thorough study of the structural integrity of buildings in the country including police facilities and other structures. However, the PNP Engineering Service headed by Brigadier General Elmer C. Cabreros assured they they have the resolve to build not only graft-free structures but those that can withstand devastating power of nature.

According to PNP spokesman, Colonel Bernard M. Banac, the Multi-Purpose Building at the PNP-TS compound project is a product of a Department of Public Works and Highways and PNP partnership through the initiative of former PNP chief, now senatorial candidate Gen. Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa and funded under the DPWH 2018 General Appropriations Act at a contract price of P 267,896,023.56.

The five-storeys and roof deck will have a total floor area of 11,750 square meters that can accommodate 176 parking slots, 12 multi-purpose function halls, drivers’ lounge, concessionaire spaces, pavilion and roof deck, 32 comfort rooms for male, female and PWD; vehicle ramp, 4 ground floor PWD ramps, two passenger elevators, three staircases and an administration office, Banac said.

The 11,750.00-square-meter ground to roof deck area has an Approved Budget for the Contract worth P287,568,548.25.

The Romeo U. Aquino Construction and Development Corporation won the right to build the project which shall be finished in March 2020.

The 1st to 4th floors of the building will be used for parking while the rest will be used to accommodate function halls. The building will have elevators.

Last month, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar and PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde led the groundbreaking rites for the construction of the 5-storey building.

The facility will be constructed within 360 calendar days, according to Cabreros. The building was designed by the DPWH Bureau of Design while the cost estimates were provided by the Bureau of Construction.

The Journal Group learned that compared to the 4-storey multi-level car park building at the PNP Grandstand which is valued at more than P175 million, the DPWH project in Camp Crame will cost  nearly P268 million or some P93 million more.

Construction of buildings inside Camp Crame are being supervised by Officers-in-Charge for Construction and his Assistant, both coming from the PNP-ES but in the case of the Multi-Purpose Building at the Training Service compound, the DPWH is fully in-charge.

Cabreros assured that all PNP buildings and other facilities they have constructed or are still constructing can pass the test of time knowing their lives and career are in jeopardy in the event these structures are found to be sub-standard.

He cited the New Civil Code passed on September 16, 2017 which provides that the engineer or architect who drew up the plans and specifications for a building is liable for damages if within 15 years from the completion of the structure if the same should collapse by reason of a defect in those plans and specifications, or due to defects in the ground.

`The ongoing big ticket projects in Camp Crame comes in the wake of what senior police officials have described as a graft-free PNP bidding process since the start of the Duterte administration which has not only ensured that quality ‘move, shoot, communicate and investigate’ tools and other equipment would be procured by the force but at the same time enable the force to save millions that can be used to buy what officers in round-the-clock patrol really need.

Gen. Albayalde explained that with the able stewardship of the PNP Bids and Awards...

...Committee, the PNP was able to save enough money to buy an additional 107 units of patrol vehicles for their field units nationwide in 2018.

The PNP-BAC is chaired by PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa. The BAC is responsible for seeing to it that all PNP procurement process are in accordance with government rules and regulations before a final contract is signed by the PNP chief which is the head of the procuring entity.(To be concluded).