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BAGUIO CITY – The city government wants to ensure all infrastructure projects to be implemented by commissioned public works contractors should be compliant with prescribed standards defined in their project programs of work and specifications.
Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong said public works contractors should always ensure that their awarded projects conform with the prescribed project specifications to ensure the city’s infrastructure projects complete their prescribed economic life.
The city chief executive exhorted contractors to take it upon themselves to ensure their projects are implemented according to standards without waiting for concerned city officials to inspect and pinpoint defects in their projects before rectifying these.
Earlier, the City Mayor directed the City Engineering Office (CEO) and City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO) to ensure all public works contractors who were awarded and will be awarded city infrastructure projects will provide personal protective equipment of their workers and guarantee safety in their workplaces.
He pointed out the contractors found to have been implementing substandard projects will not be allowed to participate in any future bids of city projects in the coming years as the present administration does not want to compromise the quality of its infrastructure projects.
According to him, the city government will strictly monitor the compliance of public works contractors on the provision of the required personal protective equipment of their workers and safety of their workplaces to elevate the implementation of infrastructure projects to a higher level for the general welfare of the public.
The city government continues to promote a proactive construction industry to empower contractors to invest on personal protective equipment for their workers to ensure that safety in their workplaces is a prioritized leading to high quality infrastructure projects.
He expressed confidence all public works contractors who will be awarded projects, not only by the local government but also other concerned agencies, will comply with the policy of the present administration for them to prosecute their projects in accordance to project standards and specifications so as not to compromise the overall safety of the public.
The mayor questioned the quality of public works projects earlier implemented by concerned government agencies and the city government in the different parts of the city that did not comply with safety standards thereby underscoring the need for construction industry stakeholders to elevate the mode of the prosecution of their projects to a higher level so as not to waste public funds.
The city’s construction industry is expected to escalate in the coming months with the expected implementation of major public and private projects that will further spur the city’s economic growth.
By Dexter A. See