DPWH blacklists 25 erring contractors

Published November 6, 2020, 10:52 AM

by Betheena Unite

More than 20 “non-performing or scheming contractors” have been blacklisted by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar

From July 2016 to date, the department banned a total of 25 contractors, who Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar tagged as “the most number of blacklisted non-performing or scheming contractors” since 2005.

Only five contractors were sanctioned from 2010 to June 2016 and only eight in 2005 to 2010.

“Let this be a warning to our contractors that this administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is serious in its anti-corruption drive and will not tolerate those who bagged big amount of civil works contract but deliberately violate the law for personal gains,” Villar said.

Contractors who violate the terms and conditions of contracts may face blacklisting or be suspended from participating in any government project in accordance to existing laws and policies, the Public Works and Highways Secretary stressed.

As administrative sanction, the blacklisted contractor is prevented from participating in all government projects for one year based on the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 9184, otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act.

“This is a testament that collusion between contractors and DPWH officials is not being tolerated. If any of our implementing offices are tolerating erring contractors by letting them continue with their projects without sanctioning them, the Department will not hesitate in imposing disciplinary action against them,” Villar said.

He issued on Jan. 31, 2020 a blacklisting order to St. Gerrard Construction General Contractor & Development Corp. which has P8.861-billion worth of contracts for various projects for the delay in implementation of a building project in Indang, Cavite.

Also handed with a suspension order on Sept. 6, 2018 for a period of one year was Syndite Construction Corp., which has bagged various project contracts amounting P 5.588 billion, due to negative slippage of more than 15 percent in the construction of a flood control system in Cagayan.

“Although thousands of public works projects are being undertaken, systems are in place in the department to ensure that these contracts are stringently monitored and safeguarded from any negligence,” Villar said.

Recently, the DPWH implemented a monitoring system using drones and geographic-based status reports with the progress of the projects confirmed via satellite photography or geotagging to counter ghost projects.

A tech-based initiative called DPWH Infratrack application also facilitates virtual monitoring of civil works projects for a more accurate measurement of contractor’s accomplishments.

In Duterte’s public address Thursday night, he again chided the corruption existing in the department, saying a massive investigation and audit will be initiated to clean the DPWH and dismantle ghost projects.

“Karamihan niyan it’s the regional director. Ipapalabas nila na may project ito but wala (Most of them are regional directors who make it look like there is a project) So the best way is to conduct an audit of those projects to determine if they are ghost projects or not, and I think they are plenty,” Duterte said.

“And I dare say that ang pinakamarami sigurong matanggal (most of those who will be terminated) would be from DPWH,” the President added.