Capitol landscaping hits snag

AS OF Dec 20, 2018, Package 2 of the Capitol complex redevelopment only posted a 10.95% accomplishment versus the target accomplishment of 38.02%. The negative slippage of 27.07% prompted pushed the Office of the Governor to issue a notice of termination to the contractor. (Gail Momblan)

By: Gail T. Momblan

THE multimillion-peso redevelopment project of the Iloilo capitol complex is behind schedule, prompting the governor’s office to issue a termination notice to one of its contractors.

Provincial Engineer’s Office chief Gracianito Lucero confirmed that a notice to terminate contract was issued to Roprim Construction, which is responsible for Package 2 of the Capitol complex redevelopment.

Package 2 involves the landscaping of the front portion of the Iloilo Provincial Capitol up to the Casa Real de Iloilo or Old Capitol.

Lucero said the contractor suffered a negative slippage of 27.07 percent.

In an interview on Jan 3, Lucero said rainy days in 2018 and the lack of manpower and equipment on the part of the contractor caused the delay.

Ulan-ulan pero ang iya guid nga tawo kulang, kag ang equipment ya,” Lucero said.

Package 2 of the project, which will cost P69 million, started construction on May 8, 2018.

“Timeline ya sina supposedly, accomplishment ‘ya sini nga revised is March 5,” Lucero said.

The notice of termination dated Dec 21, 2018, stated that “as of December 20, 2018, you have an actual accomplishment of 10.95% versus the planned accomplishment of 38.02%, thus, you have incurred a negative slippage of 27.07% due to your fault caused by limited manpower and equipment, which now falls under the terminal stage.”

“Pursuant to Section III.A.2.a Appendix 4 of R.A. 9184 and Office Order No. 410, series of 2017 – Administrative Action on Contract with Negative Slippages in Accordance with the Revised IRR of R.A. 9184, we shall now initiate the termination of the contract,” it added.

Republic Act 9184 is the Government Procurement Reform Act.

The contractor was also directed to explain within seven calendar days upon receipt why the contract should not be terminated.

“You are directed to ‘show cause’ within seven calendar days from the receipt hereof why your contract should not be terminated, pursuant to Section IV.3 Appendix 4 of R.A. 9184,” the letter continued.

Lucero said the contractor received letter on Jan 4, 2019.

In an interview on Jan 10, Lucero said the PEO received a request for time extension from the contractor.

Meanwhile, Package 1 or the multilevel parking amounting to P185 million, has a 22.6 percent accomplishment rate.

Package 3 or the redevelopment of the grounds adjacent to the Western Visayas Regional Museum amounting to PHP52 million, posted an 18 percent accomplishment as of Dec 18, 2018.


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