The 3rd Engineering District of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has warned contractors in the province Friday to finish their delayed infrastructure projects until the end of 2019 or they will not be paid.

In a press conference initiated by the Palawan Information Agency (PIA), Engr. Darius San Diego of the DPWH in the third district said there caution is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s new executive order (EO).

“Nagpapatawag ang aming opisina ng meeting sa mga contractors kasi nag-issue ng EO ang presidente doon sa mga delayed projects, na ‘pag iyan hindi nila natapos within this year, hindi na sila mababayaran. Kaya matututo na rin siguro ang mga contractors natin na pabagal-bagal na tapusin on time ang mga projects,” said San Diego.

“Nahihirapan din kami sa part namin. Kasi although sige-sige ang sabi namin and communication namin ay hindi natin malaman ‘yong ibang sitwasyon ng contractors, so maganda na ‘yan na naglabas na ng EO ang presidente regarding doon sa pagbabayad ng delayed projects,” San Diego added.

San Diego said if the contractors will fail to comply, they will still be required to finish the work, but shall not receive payment from the government.

San Diego said there are four contractors with delayed infrastructure projects in the district namely A.R. Lustre Jr. Construction; Ivy Michelle; E.V. Villaos Trading and Construction; and Cavdeal.

These projects are comprised of school classrooms, roads, and bridges.

San Diego said further in an interview with Palawan News that the reasons of the contractors for the delay appear to be valid, yet they still need to comply because of the EO.

He said some of these reasons are vegetation obstructions and problems with the utility.

“Valid naman po kaya na-approve ‘yong kanilang mga suspension order,” said San Diego.

He added the contractors are actually trying to catch up with their work and already have an estimated 90 percent completion of their projects.

San Diego said he will still check the exact date of the meeting as the invitation they have prepared comes out.

He said more than 15 contractors from Palawan will participate in the meeting, plus those from outside of the province.

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