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Regional council reports project deficiencies

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KORONADAL CITY -- Some portions of the P40-million General Santos City International Airport renovation project have been overpriced and remain incomplete, resulting in security and hazard threats to customers, according to a committee created under the Regional Development Council (RDC) tasked to look into the matter.

Darlene Magnolia A. Custodio, RDC-Central Mindanao chairperson and General Santos mayor, said during a council meeting last Wednesday that one of the projects for the P29.9-million terminal building renovation and expansion "looks like costing only half a million pesos."

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) central office has implemented the project, involving P19.9 million for terminal renovation and P10 million for the construction of a perimeter fence.

The Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority is in charge of constructing the covered walk worth P10 million.

Total funding worth P40 million came from the DoTC’s 2009 budget, the report said.
The RDC’s Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC), the team that inspected the construction, has found "discrepancies and poor workmanship" in the projects.

Substandard work

Teresita Socorro C. Ramos, RDC vice-chairperson and National Economic and Development Authority regional director, said "the quality of output and workmanship of the contractor is unacceptable and is substandard."

For instance, she said, painting of the facility was haphazardly done, some equipment have not been installed and architectural designs could harm passengers.

The fence project, the RDC committee said, remains unfinished, with the contractor having abandoned the undertaking last December.

Xenophon Y. Alesna, General Santos City airport assistant manager of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, said his office has yet to be furnished a projects work program by the DoTC Project Management Office.

Other regional DoTC officials declined to comment on the RDC findings.
The 15-year-old airport was built in the mid-1990s to serve South Cotabato-Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani-General Santos subregion. It currently serves five daily domestic flights.

The $50-million airport was funded by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development.

Ms. Custodio said the council has ordered RPMC to further probe the project and to tap the Commission on Audit to dig into the alleged anomaly.

She said the Office of the President will be furnished a copy of RPMC’s findings. -- Louie O. Pacardo
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