• Are Erring DPWH contractors tax cheats, too?


    The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) might want to look into the tax liabilities of this alleged notorious contractor that has cornered just about every public works project that it bidded on over a decade or so.

    Despite having been suspended and also having implicated in cases of violations of the government procurement law, the firm NFH Construction and Supply owned and operated by one Nathaniel Uy has been awarded with major projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

    Uy’s NFH has won bids on various multi-million peso projects particularly in the Bicol region.

    It has come to my attention that, despite “winning the jackpot” at DPWH repeatedly, NFH may have reneged on its obligations to the BIR.

    According to my BIR records, NFH owner Uy has paid hardly anything, considering the killings it has made out of his public works projects.

    In 2011, Uy paid an annual income tax of P3,586; in 2012, P2,885; and 2013, P5,142.
    I wish that Uy, who has not been available for comment, would be able to shed light on the questionably low amounts of his income tax payments.

    Way back in 2009, NFH was one of 58 erring construction firms suspended from participating in DPWH projects for violating provisions of Republic Act 9184.

    Former DPWH Sec. Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. said a special committee conducted three reviews and deliberated on the cases of the contractors and approved their suspension.

    Years later, erring contractors like NFH still make a killing out of every public works projects.

    Big-time firms like NFH apparently are well-entrenched through their DPWH connections, the “old hands” that connive with them to get around the rules.

    Namamayagpag pa rin ang mga damuhong ito!

    NFH was among the so-called “dirty-dozen” contractors blamed for contract violations, including “either padded cost of the project, unexplained delay of project completion, or abandonment of government projects.”

    It also turned out that Uy’s erring construction firm had violated not only the DPWH but also its transactions with the local government unit (LGUs) and the residents of Milaor, Camarines Sur.

    Milaor’s aggravated residents complained of the environmental violations, including air pollution, caused by NFH’s batching plant to manufacture concrete in the area.

    Public Works Sec. Rogelio Singson said he was “surprised” that NFH had been awarded many major DPWH projects despite being involved in a number of irregularities.

    Singson is looking into reports that Uy’s NFH and this other one, PhilWorks Construction and Supply owned by one Grace Deleon, and two Camarines Sur-based firms have rigged DPWH biddings and mocked the agency leadership’s crackdown on graft and corruption.

    The DPWH chief must unmask all the culprits behind this collusion with erring contractors.

    They have not only fleeced the public funds through DPWH but also failed to pay their dues to the BIR.

    Eastern Samar Samar Cong. Ben Evardone, a member of the Congressional Committee on Good Governance and Public Accountability, will file a resolution within the week for an inquiry as to why notorious contractors such as NFH, despite having multiple violations continue to corner juicy projects from the government.



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