DPWH Estimate: Project cost bloated for Sorsogon-Casiguran water transmission

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Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson. Photo courtesy of UNTV News

dpwh logoBy Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.

SORSOGON CITY, 28Nov2014 (BicolToday.com) — The Bureau of Construction (BOC) of the DPWH rebuffed DPWH Sorsogon First Engineering District when it slashed ₱22,579,844.00 from the project cost prepared by the latter without sacrificing the project integrity for the Implementation of the Water Supply Level III Project.

The water supply project is for the improvement/expansion of transmission lines in Barangays Abuyog and Cabid-an in Sorsogon City and the construction of water transmission line from Casiguran town. (See related story)

The First Engineering District in Sorsogon of DPWH submitted a sky-high program of work of ₱62,834,844.00 as total project cost and, upon review, was reduced to ₱40,255,000.00 by DPWH BOC.

The DPWH BOC recommendation was forwarded by Secretary Rogelio Singson to administrator Andres Ibarra of the Local Water Utilities Administration.

For the improvement/expansion of transmission lines, Barangay Abuyog and Barangay Cabid-an, Sorsogon City it was programmed for ₱32,000,000.00, as corrected by BOC it is now PHP 27,340,000.00. A difference of ₱4,660,000.00.

In the construction of Water Transmission Line, from Casiguran town, again, the First Engineering District of Sorsogon bloated the estimate to ₱30,834,844.00 which was trimmed down to PHP 12,915,000.00, when corrected by DPWH BOC, the variance is ₱17,919,844.00.

The Implementation of the Water Supply Project Level III is a common project for Casiguran Water District and the Sorsogon City Water District.

The Casiguran line starts at Barangay Escuala and Barangay Abuyog for Sorsogon City.

Fifty percent (50%) of the project cost will be subsidized by DPWH and the remaining 50% will be funded by LWUA through the Loan Package Financial Scheme for local water district. [BicolToday.com]

Related story:

Casiguran Water District back-out in common water supply project with SCWD 

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