Proposed ordinance seeks to curb delayed road projects

COUNCILOR Joshua Alim has proposed an ordinance to solve problems on delayed road projects in Iloilo City.

The ordinance entitled “Anti-delay of Government Projects in Iloilo City,” requires government agencies to furnish the city government certain documents relative to infrastructure projects, particularly on Iloilo City roads.

It also requires “the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-6 and its instrumentalities to furnish the Iloilo City Government through the Iloilo City Engineering Office (CEO) and the Iloilo City Council the detailed engineering investigations, survey and designs, including the qualifications and capability of the participating contractors for the government projects to be implemented within the territorial jurisdiction of Iloilo City.”

Alim cited Section 17.6 of Rule VI of the 2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Government Procurement Reform Act which states that “no bidding and award of contract for infrastructure projects shall be made unless the detailed engineering investigations, surveys, and designs have been sufficiently carried out…”

Alim said that there are delayed road projects in the city due to lack of proper engineering investigations and surveys.

Other reasons for the delays are attributable to the contractors, he added.

“The strict compliance of the immediately preceding provision of law and submission of the necessary documents may eradicate the problems on delay in government projects,” Alim said.

Violators will be penalized P5,000 and imprisonment of six months and one day up to eight months.

The contractors will be charged the administrative penalty of cancellation of business permit to operate on top of the monetary fine.

In the case of a corporation, the president shall be held criminally liable.

DPWH shall be held criminally and administratively liable.

The ordinance also directs Mayor Jose Espinosa III to create an oversight committee through an executive order to monitor the progress of the projects and make recommendations for possible amendments of the ordinance.

The oversight committee shall likewise make recommendations to the DPWH for the block listing of the contractors.

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