Gerona, Tarlac -- Baliw!
Thus said Mayor Eloy Eclar, who joined the people protesting the snail-paced construction of the national road at Barangay Singat.
“Dahil sa maling sistemang ginagawa ng contractor, tatlong araw na kaming hindi makapasok sa aming mga bahay,” said Eclar, who is himself an engineer and one among the largest contractors in the province.
Being protested is the government project “Rehabilitation and Improvement of Sta. Ignacia-Guimba Road, Pura-Gerona (Tarlac) Section”.
The billboard on the construction site identified the contractor of the P75.1 million Department of Public Works and Highways project as Flordes Construction and Trading Corporation and LMG Construction joint venture.
However, workers on the site say the road project was sub-contracted by a local firm Asprer Construction of Willy Ong and the Tarlac Provincial Engineering Office (PEO).
“August pa nang basagin nila ang sementong daan pero hanggang ngayon nakatiwangwang pa rin. Magpipitong buwan na kaming pinapahirapan ng contractor,” said Jimmy Ocampo.
The DPWH billboard says the project duration is from June 15, 2016 to February 5, 2017.
“Kung ’di ba naman sila bobo at perwisyo, ang dalawang gate ng bahay ko hinarangan nila. Lahat ng bahay sa lugar namin hindi maipasok ang mga sasak-yan nila,” added Eclar, who also said the supervising engineer refused to answer his call.
Reached for comment, Engr. Rensy Bucad, Asprer Construction supervising engineer, admitted that they put up the long 12-inch metal form works along the road since Thursday but the ready-mix concrete was not yet delivered at the site due to “maling mixture”.
“Two weeks pa lang kaming nagtatrabaho sa project, ang PEO gumawa ng stripping (breaking of the concrete slab, clearing and sub-base preparation). Ang sa amin lang ang concreting. Mali ang mixture ng ready mix (cement) kaya na delay ang delivery,” said Bucad.