5 DPWH officials to face bribery charges after video captures illegal transaction

admin   •   August 30, 2018   •   7917

 

Five officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways are under investigation for alleged illegal transactions with a contractor.

The probe began after the Office of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) received an anonymous report and video pertaining to the said illegal transactions.

The video shows an asset, posing as a contractor, handing P4-M to the accused as initial payment for the so-called “standard operating procedure” (SOP) in exchange for a guaranteed win in the bidding of DPWH projects.

The agreed “SOP” amount was P20-M for a P70-M steel parking project that the contractor was vying for.

District Engineer Roberto Nicolas stands accused of heading the illegal collection along with four accomplices namely, Tess Orquia, Engr. Melody Dominguez, Engr. Luisito Ponancio and Nicolas’ former employee and alleged bagman, Vilma Gomez.

SOP is just another term for “kickback”; the practice of which has tainted the bidding procedures of DPWH for decades.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said, “We will immediately act. We will investigate and file charges and suspend those involved in this anomalous transaction.”

PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica said President Rodrigo Duterte was furious when they showed him the video.

The Commission further recommended that a lifestyle check be conducted against the said individuals and submit the case to the DPWH and the ombudsman for the filing of appropriate administrative and criminal charges. — JL Asayo | UNTV News & Rescue

More COVID-19 wards, ICU rooms at EAMC by end of August — DPWH

Marje Pelayo   •   August 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is working double time to complete the construction of additional wards and intensive care units (ICU) at the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) in Quezon City.

“In a meeting, together with our team and its counterpart at the Department of Health (DOH) and the building contractor, I was assured that a system is in place to complete the EAMC facilities the soonest,” Secretary Mark Villar said.

Villar added that the facilities will be able to accommodate additional 250 patients.

The DOH tapped the DPWH to help expedite the construction of the facilities at EAMC to increase its bed capacity for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients.

The additional wards are expected to be completed by August 17 while the enhancement of the third floor for ICU will be finished on September 15.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar confirms he has COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   July 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar on Wednesday confirmed that he contracted the viral disease.

“I regret to announce that today, July 15, I received my test result and it is positive for COVID-19,” Villar said on his Facebook page.

Villar made the announcement a day after was designated as the government’s isolation czar.

His additional task involves putting up more quarantine facilities across the country amid the continued rise in coronavirus infections.

DPWH eyes completion of offsite dormitories for QC medical frontliners by end of June

Robie de Guzman   •   June 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The construction of six cluster dormitories for medical frontline workers in Quezon City is expected to be completed by the end of June, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the dormitories, which are being built inside the Quezon Memorial Circle, will have 16 rooms with own toilet and bath with hot and cold water.

Each room for each dormitory cluster can accommodate 32 people or a total capacity of 192 people for six dormitories, he added.

The DPWH chief also said that the offsite dormitories are made of collapsible components fabricated to assemble 16 rooms, with spaces intended for living room, common dining, and laundry and kitchen areas.

Medical personnel of Quezon City-based hospitals such as National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippine Heart Center, East Avenue Medical Center, Veterans Memorial Hospital, Childrens Hospital, V. Luna General Hospital, Quezon City General Hospital and other government hospitals in QC will benefit from the temporary shelter project.

Villar, together with Quezon City officials, inspected the ongoing construction of the dormitories last Friday, June 19.

The offsite dormitories were conceptualized by the DPWH Task Force for Augmentation of Health Facilities headed by Undersecretary Emil Sadain to support the need for accommodation facilities of hospital workers on the front lines of caring for COVID-19 patients.

Operation of the dormitories after its completion by the DPWH will be undertaken by the local government unit.

This is in accordance with the memorandum of agreement signed by Villar and Quezon City Mayor Belmonte in putting up ‘We Heal as One Offsite Dormitory’ solely for use by doctors, nurses and other medical professionals working in hospitals within the jurisdiction of Quezon City who need space to rest between shifts.

When the structure is no longer needed, the DPWH said the temporary dormitories can be dismantled and removed on site.

The department said each of the components can be safely stored as part of its property for other related requirements such as temporary shelter during disaster/calamity response.

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