Guv suspends Province’s plan to shoulder cost of asphalting road in Mandaue

GOVERNOR Gwendolyn Garcia has suspended the Cebu Provincial Government’s plan to shoulder the cost of asphalting of a 100-meter junction road on UN Avenue in Mandaue City.

The suspension will remain unless the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and project contractor BM Marketing settle their differences.

Garcia met with representatives of DPWH and BM Marketing on Monday, November 14, 2022, to talk about the unfinished road project on UN Avenue, which has been causing trouble among motorists and tourists.

Garcia told the two parties during the meeting that she wants them to reach a compromise agreement to solve the almost three-year dispute over the road project.

“I am asking for you to reach an agreement. Sit down because this is not a matter of trying to prove who is the better lawyer. People’s lives and livelihoods are involved here and getting direly affected,” said Garcia.

“Wag na kayong magpataaasan ng ihi diyan because the rest of the public is already miserably affected,” she added.

Garcia said earlier that the Cebu Provincial Government will shoulder the cost of asphalting the unpaved road to put an end to the suffering of motorists and tourists passing by the area every day.

The road has remained unpaved due to legal battle between the DPWH and the Leyte-based contractor. It was learned that the conflict started after the DPWH Central Office found out that BM Marketing, which got the contract for the P700-million four-lane underpass on UN Avenue, was allegedly involved in faking some records and other documents. The contractor denied this.

The DPWH, however, stopped the project. BM Marketing then filed a case against the government agency. In 2020, a court issued an injunction, preventing the termination of the contract between the two parties.

The DPWH filed a motion for reconsideration on the case. (ANV/LMY)