Cebu provincial engineer checks vice gov's complaint on ‘sub-standard road work’

June 1, 2010 8:35 pm 

CEBU CITY, June 1 – Cebu Provincial Engineer Eulogio Pelayre said he will verify Vice Governor Gregorio Sanchez’s complaints about “sub-standard” road projects in the province and make sure the official is referring to provincial and not national roads.

Sanchez, a civil engineer, presented pictures of asphalted roads where portions have lost their asphalt overlay.

In his press conference, he said the roads are located in Pinamungajan, San Fernando, Dalaguete, Carcar and Sibonga, among others.

Sanchez also challenged Engineer Pelayre to order the contractor to repair these roads for the sake of Cebuanos who paid the taxes that were spent for these projects.

”Let us see if the contractors will heed his order,” Sanchez said.

He said he sent a team to inspect the road asphalting projects after Pelayre, in a press conference last week, said the roads were not sub-standard at all.

Pelayre said the road asphalting projects were implemented based on standards and there are no complaints from the barangay captains and mayors of communities where the projects were undertaken.

If the contractor refuses to repair a substandard project, he added, the provincial engineering office will do the repairs and confiscate the contractor’s performance bond, which is 10 percent of the project cost.

Sanchez clarified he is not saying Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and Pelayre are guilty of implementing substandard projects.

But because they have said these projects have a five-year warranty, they should tell the contractor to fix the roads that are still covered by that period. (PNA) LAP/EB/ad

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