ALBURQUERQUE, Bohol, – Mayor Efren Tungol’s administration of this town, about 12 kms. east from capital Tagbilaran City, has asked the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) for the termination of Alburquerque Cluster Sanitary Landfill (ACSL) phase III in barangay Dangay due to the “negative 72.62% slippage” In his letter dated February 20, 2015 to TIEZA chief operating officer Mark T. Lapid, Mayor Tungol has forwarded the recommendation of the Municipal Inspectorate Team (MIT) on status report of the “on-going nationally funded infrastructure” (ACSL).
MIT cited as its bases for the project termination the Handbook on Philippine Government Procurement – Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 9184 that provides that the “procuring entity shall terminate a contract for default… a) Due to the contractor’s fault and while the project is on-going, it has incurred negative slippage of 15% or more in accordance with Presidential Decree 1870.”
The status report of the team showed that the scheduled accomplishment is expected to be 95.668% but the actual accomplishment is only 23.05%. Thus it incurred a negative 72.62% slippage for the period September 15, 2014 to February 17, 2015. “Time elapsed” is already 74.28%,” the report showed.
Site activities included the following with their corresponding weighted average of accomplishment: groundwater monitoring well only 4.66% from supposed 40%; motorpool — 6.39% from 80%; aviary — 0.92% from 35%; leachate — 7.45% from 95%; health and safety — 0.54%; training center — 0.76% from 35%; fishpond — 0.96% from 95%; silting pond — 0.64% from 30%; and weigh bridge — 0.73% from 10% for a total of 23.05%.
Municipal engineer Fe B. Culiao, municipal planning officer Leila M. Café, Mun. assessor/BAC chairperson Delia P. Avergonzado, Mun. accountant Vilma Fe U. Varquez, Mun. Budget officer Rosula B. Juarez and ACSL consultant Rodulfo Canlas signed the said recommendation, documents furnished by the mayor showed.
Documents also indicated that ACSL phase III is worth Php55,806,285.44 funded by the Department of Tourism (DOT). It is impelemnted by TIEZA and contracted by Lourel Development Corporation for 210 days that started in September 15, 2015 and expected to be completed on April 12, 2015.
In his separate letter dated Feb. 2, 2015 to Treasurer Sec. Ramon Jimenez, Tungol hastened to say, “we won’t be recommending the termination of the said contract only if TIEZA had addressed our request/concerns properly. We are not doing this as fault-finder but to help TIEZA in the proper implementation of the said project.”
Mayor Tungol said that it is the “immense responsibility” of the town he leads “to make sure the project is property implemented in accordance with specifications otherwise our constituents will suffer the consequences it might bring to us and even worse to the next generations to come.” (rvo)