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Lapid: Senate to look into delays in Halsema project

ABATAN, Buguias—Ex­pect the Senate to hold a hearing to resolve the row delaying the P1-billion project to repair the Hal­sema Highway, according to Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.

Revilla said he will summon officials of Daewoo E&C Corp. and its employer firm, Francis Gutierrez Construction Corp. (FGCC), to attend a Senate hearing on reports that the FGCC removed Daewoo’s heavy equipment worth P25 million from the project.

Rep. Victor Dominguez of Mountain Province is also calling for a House inquiry into the project, mainly to question why the cost of the repair ballooned to more than P1 billion from the original P780 million.

Dominguez, in a letter sent to the Department of Public Works and Highways, wants to find out how much Daewoo was getting paid as consultants to the project, among others.

Revilla, however, said he was satisfied with Daewoo’s performance in the project.

He had three core samples taken from the concrete pavement of Halsema and found all the samples met DPWH standards of 23 cen­timeters.

“So far, everything is going according to plan,” Revilla said despite Daewoo’s row with FGCC.

He said the consultants told him that the increase in cost was because of the effects of typhoons that destroyed the earlier repairs the firm made.

DPWH Assistant Secretary Manuel Agyao told Dominguez that the project cost rose to P1.038 billion because of the increase in thickness of the concrete pavement and the additional repairs that Daewoo had to undertake on the highway.

Mauricio Victa

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