The House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability may soon have its hands full when it investigates a billion-peso river dredging and desilting anomaly in Negros Oriental.
The committee is probing the P19 billion in Public Works funds awarded to12 contractors for projects that were found either substandard or overpriced.
It is also set to investigate in July, when Congress resumes, overpricing of textbooks by several publishing companies in cahoots with former education officials.
A group of residents in Negros Oriental is set to file its complaint before the House committee against Negros Gov. Roel Degamo and two construction companies–CTC Construction, owned by a certain Joy Clemente, and the Legaspi Premium Const., whose owner is listed as one Chinsan Ranola.
The complainants claimed that the P1-billion project for the province was overpriced and no bidding was held.
The group of residents earlier questioned the project before Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad, who was prompted to hold the second payment of P500 million pending investigation.
It questioned the huge amount spent for an ordinary backhoe and dump trucks that were used fro removing debris and sand from a river.
The residents wanted Congress to summon Delamo and the two contractors to answer the allegations.
“Tubong lugaw [easy money], they said of the project cost vis-à-vis project accomplishment.
The residents noted that any local contractor can do the job but why Delamo picked the contractors who were from the Bicol Region was a big puzzle to them.
There goes another one billion of the people’s money down the drain?! Or shall I say straight to a few pockets???