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Gasp! Substandard materials used in Robredo’s Naga River pet project

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Is the Naga River Revetment–a pet project of Vice President Leni Robredo–riddled with irregularities?

Such is the burning question right now after it was reported that substandard construction materials may have been used on the river barricade, particularly its railings.

According to a Bicol Standard article Tuesday (November 8), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) district office discovered that the G.I. pipes used in the infrastructure project were not up to the required specifications.

Due to this “defect”, District Head Engineer Rebecca Roces said her office decided not to approve the collection of NFH Construction, the winning project contractor.

Based on the report, the G.I. pipes that were recommended for use as railings in the revetment were much thicker than the ones used in the finished project.

The P50-million revetment was inaugurated only last September.

The DPWH aired its concern over the railings just days after a 55-meter portion of the barricade–that’s almost 200 feet–collapsed. A long crack has also appeared on it.

The revetment is 5,670 meters long and runs along Barangays Dayangdang to Penafrancia.

Roces said the railings alone cost P2 million.