Engr. Jeriel Rex Teologo (upper left) during the question hour of the City Council. (Photo courtesy of Sangguniang Panlungsod Puerto Princesa)

A local contractor of the city government claimed its materials were “within specifications” after local officials questioned the “faulty” streetlights in Barangay Inagawan.

Engr. Jeriel Rex Teologo of BCT Construction disputed the allegation of substandard materials during Monday’s Question Hour before the City Council, asserting that the contractor had given the specification that the city engineers had asked.

This came when Roderick Cervancia, the village leader, stated that the streetlights were discovered to be defective and constructed of inferior materials.

“Kung materials namin, walang problema. Naibigay naman namin ‘yong specification na ni-request ng city engineering. ‘Yong aming wirings, ilaw, at poste ay approved ng city engineering,” Teologo said.

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“Nagkaroon kami ng ‘di magandang daloy ng ilaw at ito ay humigit kumulang 10 beses na nawawalan ng ilaw. Nasisira, naaayos, tapos nasisira ulit,” Cervancia said.

Cervancia claims he examined the streetlamps and found eight that were faulty along Ezekiel Moreno Street.

He said he asked the lineman about the materials used, and the worker indicated they were “substandard”.

“Chineck ko ‘yong street light sa amin at may depektong walo na ilaw. Yong isang ilaw ay napapalooban ng apat na bulb. Yong isa wala talagang ilaw at ‘yong pito naman po ay dalawa na lang po ang gumagana. Yong iba ay maayos naman,” Cervancia said.

“Base po sa pagtatanong ko sa nagkabit, ang nabanggit nya sakin ay sub standard daw po ‘yong ginamit na wirings doon sa area,” he added.

The said project was turned over in August 27, 2020.

BCT Construction, a contractor for the city government, said that it was only following the specifications by the City Engineering Officer when asked why some streetlights in Barangay Inagawan were found to be faulty.

The contractor was summoned by the City Council for questioning the ‘substandard’ streetlights on Ezekiel Moreno street.

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