An official of the Province of Palawan, who is a friend, called me up last week saying Palaweños want a constructor investigated for allegedly building a substandard multibillion-peso highway in the province.
The official, who asked not to be identified at this point, suggested that authorities, particularly those from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), should inspect the highway that was constructed by the Cavite Ideal International Construction and Development Corp. or CAVDEAL in 2009.
CAVDEAL won the contract from DPWH to build more than 100 kilometers of concreted highway from the Municipality of Narra to Bataraza town in the southern part of the island province.
However, the highway is almost impassable now. It has hundreds of potholes or mini-
craters, and in some parts of, the pavement is pulverized.
The same Palawan official wonders why and how did CAVDEAL, owned by a certain Lambert Lee, got the multibillion project when it was supposed to have been blacklisted by the World Bank and the DPWH over a substandard project.
However, despite its derogatory record, CAVDEAL was awarded by the DPWH recently another hundred million peso-project, this time a road that would stretch from Puerto Princesa City to the famous El Nido resort on the northern tip of Palawan. But that’s another issue folks for another time.
Its high time the DPWH go after scrupulous contractors, like CAVDEAL, and make them pay either in jail or reimbursement of the millions, if not billions, of money they stole from the government.
These substandard government projects must stop!
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Quezon mayor the wealthiest local official?
What’s this I heard from Quezon Province that the mayor of the municipality of Tayabas may be the richest of all elected local officials in this country?
The story goes something like this: Tayabas Mayor Faustino Dondi owns one block of commercial establishments, a hotel and restaurant and a mansion in the town proper.
According to the same story, Dondi came from a poor family and did not have much when he became the mayor of this second or third class municipality in 2010.
But after two terms . . . lo and behold, Mayor Dondi may now be considered the richest local official, perhaps not only in Quezon but in the entire Philippines, according to rumormongers in the area, who claim that their “alkalde” did not win either in the lottery.
Aside from the businesses, Mayor Dondi is said to have several SUVs, pieces of land, and huge bank deposits in Tayabas and in Manila.
While it baffles local residents on the instant billionaire status of their town’s chief executive, the elders want the Bureau of Internal Revenue to check on the newfound wealth of their mayor.
After all, there’s a saying, “where there’s smoke, there is fire.”