Let Department of Public Works and Highways do dredging projects — senators

SOME contractors and sub-contractors of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) may find themselves without a project after the members of the Senate called for dredging projects to be cancelled and the budget for them used to buy dredging equipment.

In the Senate deliberations on the 2019 proposed budget of the DPWH, the senators were all in favor of doing away with hiring contractors for dredging projects.  

Instead, the P101-billion budget should be transferred to the agency’s capital outlay instead of using it to pay contractors and sub-contractors.

This will mean that instead of paying government contractors, the DPWH will buy dredging equipment and other technology that will be deployed to the various local government units (LGUs) who will be implementing and managing the dredging operations in their localities.

The senators said with the change, corruption in the DPWH can be minimized while dredging operations will get better results.            

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon earlier decried the huge amount allotted for the agency’s dredging projects and suggested that the government can save money and curtail corruption if DPWH will instead buy the necessary equipment and do the work itself.