By By Fernan A. Gianan
Flood control projects were not “insertions”
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This Jan. 3, 2018, DPWH officials in Bicol, including district engineers from Catanduanes and Sorsogon, will appear before a House committee in Naga City as resource persons regarding the alleged insertion projects won by Bulacan-based CT Leoncio Construction & Supply.

It may be recalled that two weeks ago, House appropriations chairman and Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya claimed that billions of pesos in “insertions” were included in the 2018 DPWH budget by DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno.

Andaya’s revelations came after Sen. Panfilo Lacson claimed that Andaya’s district got P1.5 billion in funding in the 2019 budget, along with over P2 billion for House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s district in Pampanga.

Rep. Andaya claimed that Catanduanes got P600 million in “inserted” flood control projects without the knowledge of Congressman Cesar Sarmiento. He insinuated that the island does not need flood control projects.

To set the record straight, the DPWH officials will aver that the funding sent to the two provinces were included in the 2018 General Appropriations Act and thus are not insertions as claimed by Andaya.

His allegation that Cong. Sarmiento did not know about the projects is not true. I have it on good authority that prior to the bidding of the projects, he was informed of the additional infra projects and in fact welcomed it.

More importantly, only P275 million, and not P600 million as claimed by the CamSur congressman, went to the district of Catanduanes.

The projects awarded to C.T. Leoncio Construction & Trading include the construction of drainage structures at Gogon, San Roque, Sta. Elena and Sibanhan in Virac, as well as a protection dike; construction of flood control and drainage at Timbaan and Datag, San Andres; and, construction of Bocon seawall and causeway in Caramoran,

Three of the projects are over 90 percent completes, two are over 75% complete while the rest are below 50% accomplished.

Rep. Andaya’s claim that Catanduanes does not need flood control projects is not worthy of belief. He has only to check the photos posted on facebook last weekend of the flooding and landslides that hit all 11 towns as a result of torrential rains brought by tropical depression Usman.

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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) should visit local hardware stores to check construction materials’ compliance with standards.

One store was selling 1/8-inch thick plywood being passed off as 1/4-inch plywood while some have substandard reinforcing steel bars.

These unscrupulous traders are not only deceiving the public but also endangering the lives of homeowners and building occipents.

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STOP OR SLOW DOWN? A lawyer runs a stop sign and gets pulled over by a sheriff. He thinks he's smarter being a big shot lawyer from New York and has a better education than a sheriff from West Virginia. The sheriff asks for license and registration.

The lawyer asks, "What for?"

The sheriff responds, "You didn't come to a complete stop at the stop sign."

The lawyer says, "I slowed down and no one was coming."

"You still didn't come to a complete stop. License and registration please," say the sheriff impatiently.

The lawyer says, "If you can show me the legal difference between slow down and stop, I'll give you my license and registration and you can give me the ticket. If not, you let me go and don't give me the ticket." The sheriff says, "That sounds fair, please exit your vehicle."

The lawyer steps out and the sheriff takes out his nightstick and starts beating the lawyer with it.

The sheriff says, "Do you want me to stop or just slow down?"


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