DPWH ‘sub-contracting’ hit

September 06, 2019

SAN ANTONIO, Nueva Ecija -- Is sub-contracting allowed and becoming a common practice in the implementation of infrastructure projects by the Department of Public Works and Highways in Nueva Ecija?

And why are the winning contractors for the projects allowed to participate in the bidding process when they would just sub-contract the implementation of the projects that were already awarded to them?  

These questions were raised by Mayor Arvin Salonga after two men allegedly came to his office recently to apply for the construction permits of their projects in the town.

His “visitors,” who came to him in separate occasions, allegedly introduced themselves as sub-contractors in need of building permits for the construction of supposed drainage and road-concreting projects in the municipality.

Salonga said he declined the requests for permits, saying he would not allow the “illegal practice.”

He then sought the DPWH-Nueva Ecija Second Engineering District office headed by engineer Ricardo Puno and asked him why such “practice” was allegedly being done by certain contractors on behalf of the agency.

“Bakit pinapayagan ang implementasyon ng projects sa pamamagitan ng sub-contracting at bakit itong nanalong bidders sa DPWH eh ‘di pala nila magagawa ‘yung proyekto at ipapa-subcontract nila, eh bakit pinapayagan silang sumali sa bidding,” asked Salonga.

The mayor mentioned a previous bad experience wherein a sub-contractor abandoned a bridge project in the town.  

“Ito nga ang sinasabi ko, dapat mayroong direct liability at obligation sa gagawa ng project.  Sa sub-con wala kasi, kapag nag-loko itong sub-contrator, talo ang project, talo ang gobyerno, ‘yan ang malaking disgrasya,” he said.