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DPWH inks deal with OP’s Bicol affairs unit to review infrastructure projects in Region V

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The Department of Public Works and Highways and the the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Bicol Affairs have signed a memorandum of understanding to allow the latter to review infrastructure projects in Region V.

Secretary Mark Villar was represented by DPWH Senior Undersecretary for Regional Operations in Luzon Rafael C. Yabut during the signing last January 25.

Meanwhile, OPABA Undersecretary Marvel C. Clavecilla signed the MOA which now gives OPABA the “authority to conduct validation and review of projects implemented by DPWH Regional and District Engineering Office in Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Catanduanes and Masbate.

The signing was held in Naga City and was witnessed by DPWH 5 Regional Director Virgilio C. Eduarte and Asst. Regional Director Esmeraldo S. Sarmiento.

Under the agreement, OPABA will be now allowed to attend DPWH bidding process and may recommend the termination of contract and blacklisting of contractors who violate provisions of their signed contracts.

“This MOU is our way of saying that DPWH is transparent on its day to day operations in project implementation,” Secretary Villar was quoted as saying.

“We are grateful to OPABA for its initiative to be in partner with us in achieving the goals and objectives of this present administration to give effective and efficient infrastructure facilities to the public,” added the Secretary.