Duterte to review DPWH’s epic fail projects
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, January 16, said he would seek a full review of projects by the Department of Public Works and Highways projects amid concerns that roads and bridges projects have remained idle for years.
“So I will review with the Cabinet this one. All public works projects, which have been delayed for years, you get out immediately and I can maybe look for the money. Umalis kayo diyan, ‘yung lahat ng butas, ‘yung may manhole diyan,” Duterte said in a speech in Pasay City during the inauguration of the new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems.
The Chief Executive noted that highways in the country were clogged with unfinished products and that accidents multiply because of the sheer negligence by contractors. “This insanity must stop,” he said.
Duterte reiterated his call to do away with the practice of awarding government contracts to the lowest bidder. “Because everyday that a certain contract is bidded out, it’s always tainted with corruption, 90 percent,” he said, noting that it is hard to find a transaction that’s “almost clean.”
To address this, the President said he would propose to do the turnkey phases. “We will come up with the specifications, the projected cost and everything — just like the Swiss challenge,” Duterte explained.
“We will present it to you. I’ll give you 10 percent for mobilization. But you must be a company with a track record. You must have the equipment. And I will not allow subcontracts, which means to say that those who — a few people that have also improved their lives maybe have reached the middle-income state because of that,” he said.