Blacklist and sue erring contractors

The Commission on Audit (COA) is urging the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to file charges against erring contractors for shortchanging the government in their substandard projects.

Those private firms and contractors who have been remiss in their duty to comply with their contracts should also be blacklisted and barred from doing business with the government.

COA said the failure of DPWH District Offices to enforce and collect liquidated damages from contractors found to have incurred tremendous delay in the completion of bridge projects has resulted in the loss of government funds. State auditors noted that under the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Government Procurement Reform Act, a contractor who “refuses or fails to satisfactorily complete the work within the specified contract time” should be held responsible.

COA said the non-collection of liquidated damages from concerned contractors resulted in the non-indemnification of the government for the loss, inconvenience, and damage it sustained due to non-completion of the projects on time.

The concern agencies, particularly the DPWH should pursue an appropriate sanction such as filing of cases in court, blacklisting the contractors from participating in any government contract or deduct the liquidated damages from any amount due them to indemnify the agencies for any loss suffered from non-compliance with the provisions of the contracts.

Sad to note that the reality of these menace in the government projects is that those contractors are also a victim of rotten mind crocodile and reptiles in congress including those in the government offices which are considered as the pick-pocketers for a long time.

We doff our hat for the continued effort of our state auditors to pin down and counter check those plunderers who are taking advantage of our government resources.

We want them to put behind bars and suffer the consequences of their action.