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DPWH set to start reconstruction of Davao Bankerohan bridge

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (2 February) -- After eighteen (18) days of monitoring, the much-awaited barge loaded with complete materials and equipments (from Manila to Davao) for the total reconstruction of Generoso Bridge in Bankerohan, has arrived.

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) XI Director Jerome dela Rosa, in an interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) bared that Dabawenyos would expect full-blast operation of the total rehabilitation of the bridge at Bankerohan, a portion of which has collapsed last year that have caused traffic congestion with its adjacent bridge alone absorbing a two-way traffic.

Director dela Rosa, together with DPWH assistant regional director Rey Tamayo immediately went to the construction site to inspect its ongoing operation upon the arrival of the barge.

The contractor was on strict orders to immediately mobilize their construction equipment and manpower resources at site to realize early implementation and completion of the project which is expected to be finished on or before August 14, 2008.

The contract agreement, approved by DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr, has given the winning contractor, Ciriaco Corporation, the Notice to Proceed last January 14, 2008 and was given 210 calendar days to complete the bridge with a total award for the construction of works at P206,648,492.58.

Under the contract agreement, DPWH Assistant Secretary Rafael C. Yabut has been duly authorized in this undertaking.

Earlier, the Reconstruction of Governor Generoso 1 (Bankerohan) bridge over Davao River along Davao-Cotabato road here in Davao was programmed at P216,700,000.00.

But Secretary Ebdane has approved to undertake it thru Negotiated Procurement until the amount awarded went down to P206,648,492.58.

In answer to a query, Director dela Rosa said the public seems to have apprehensions that the total bridge reconstruction might not be completed on time.

However, Director dela Rosa allays the fear of some sector because it has been the policy of the government that if the contractor fails to comply with the contract agreement, the latter will be penalized or outright cancel its contract in favor of the government. (PIA) [top]

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