Contractors Told: Follow QC Rules

MANILA, Philippines --- The Quezon City Engineering Department (QCED) yesterday warned private contractors of stiff sanctions if they fail to follow the construction standards and specifications set by the city government.

In a meeting with contractors, Engr. Joselito Cabungcal, Head of the QCED, reminded them to maintain the highest quality of their work cautioning them to ''shape up or ship out'' to avoid being blacklisted from infrastructure projects in Quezon City.

''I will not hesitate to recommend to Mayor Bautista to blacklist non-performing and stubborn contractors who continue to disobey the standards set by the Quezon City government,'' Cabungcal said.

He warned groups of allegedly duping the city government by using substandard materials that may cause the premature wearing and tearing of government projects and even endanger the lives of the public.

Cabungcal added that inspectors and employees of the QCED stand to face dismissal from the service if they are found conniving with errant contractors.

Cabungcal claimed that errant suppliers of construction materials are mislabeling their undersized, plywood, wooden planks, steel bars and metal sheets passing them off as a few sizes or grades higher than their actual size or strengths.

Cabungcal advised the contractors to purchase their material from suppliers with long standing good records and to avoid dealing with fly-by-night hardware firms selling inferior quality materials at lesser costs.

He asked the contractors to build field offices that are clean, presentable and manned by courteous and knowledgeable field personnel that may answer questions from the public regarding the infrastructure work in the vicinity.

On orders by Bautista, Cabungcal asked the contractors to ensure that all their workers are wearing the firm's uniform and identification cards to ensure public safety especially on school building projects.

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