‘Unpaid’ contractor pulls out of road-concreting project in Kalunasan

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WORK on the concreting of Monares Street in Barangay Kalunasan, Cebu City has stopped after the contractor pulled out all its equipment from the area.

Docast Construction reportedly has not received a single centavo from the City Government even though the P24-million project is 40 percent complete.

This was confirmed by Barangay Captain Nunilon Monares Jr. on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

He said he is particularly worried since the contractor dug up around a 100-meter portion of the street near the Lyceum of Cebu, which has not been concreted yet.

The dust it generates during sunny days and the mud that results when it rains are sure to inconvenience residents, especially students, he said.

Monares has sought the help of South District Representative Eduardo Rama to finish the project that connects the barangay’s boundary to Barangay Capitol Site all the way to the Boy Scouts of the Philippines-Camp Marina Grounds.

Based on Barangay Kalunasan’s records from the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW), the project was started on January 21 with a completion target of June 19.

City Administrator Suzzane Ardosa said she will meet with personnel of the DEPW to determine why the City-funded project was abandoned by the contractor.

Meanwhile, Monares hopes the City Government will find a solution to the problem, considering the street is important to the barangay. (PAC, PJB)