• Lanao contractors sued over unfinished projects

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    COTABATO CITY, Maguindanao: The government of the Muslim autonomous region has filed a case against three construction firms for failure to complete school building projects in Lanao del Sur four years after they signed the contracts.

    Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Bureau of Public Information (BPI) Executive Director Amir Mawallil said petitions for specific performance have been filed before the Cotabato City Prosecutor’s Office against Menjer Construction, Al-Husayn Construction and Unayan Builders and Construction Supply.

    The three companies were among 16 contractors awarded the projects for the construction of school buildings and classrooms in the ARMM as specified in a contract signed by the parties in September 2011 with then acting regional governor Governor Ansaruddin Adiong, Mawallil told The Manila Times.

    “We are also currently reviewing past contracts to see if there are more cases that require us to file cases of specific performance to compel contractors and make sure they fulfill their duties, as agreed upon with the regional government,” Mawallil added.

    Unayan Builders reportedly failed to complete any of the six school buildings it committed to build in Lanao del Sur since 2011.

    Mawallil pointed out that in reality, school building projects do not take years to accomplish.

    “Based on the contracts, a school building is a one-story building with just two to three classrooms. Surely it doesn’t take four years to finish one building given this specification. We have previously met with these contractors and informed them in several meetings that their negligence is unacceptable,” he said.

    The Manila Times tried to get the side of the contractors but their offices could no longer be found or have closed shop.

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