Delay in Bicol airport project hit


Four months after a bidding was held for the Bicol International Airport construction in Daraga, Albay, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has yet to award the contract for the project.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said the airport project was three years behind and the province could not afford to wait any longer for the DOTC’s green light.

“Our airports, roads and ports are bursting at the seams because our tourist arrivals have grown by 24 percent the last four years,” said Salceda in a text message.

The DOTC bids and awards committee opened the bids submitted by two parties on Oct. 22 last year. The lower bid was for P718 million, or 20 percent under the DOTC’s floor price.

Bicolano Sen. Gregorio Honasan, in a phone interview, said delays in the airport and other infrastructure projects was one of the reasons “most people had not felt the 6.6-percent growth touted by the government.”

“This is just headline news. The government should not stop at crowing about rosy figures but make sure the positive economic figures trickle down to the majority of the people. It’s time we investigated the real cause of the delays in projects that had been given allocations by Congress years ago,” said Honasan.

Seven other Bicolano lawmakers led by Albay Rep. Al Francis Bichara, chairman of the House committee on foreign affairs, and Camarines Sur Rep. Salvio B. Fortuno, chairman of the committee on Bicol recovery and economic development, wrote Transportation Secretary Joseph E.A. Abaya expressing their concern over the holdup in awarding the contract for airside facilities (which are apart from the terminal facilities that would be bid out separately) and its impact on the P900-million project fund that was allocated two years ago.

“We ask the honorable secretary to intervene and ensure the immediate implementation of the project and to take advantage of the coming summer season which will make it conducive for construction work in the area,” said Bichara and Fortuno in their letter.

In a text message, Abaya said: “We are still in the procurement process. One bidder brought us to court. No one is scuttling the bid. Neither is there a favored contractor at the DOTC.”

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  • sigena

    abaya mamaya na yung komisyon mo dyan. hintay ka lang

  • Rovingmoron

    This is the problem with having a centralized government. If the country is transformed into federal states, political decisions are much easier to reach. This means that only the permit to build the airport project will come from DOTC, but the awarding of the project and the funds will be sourced out from the local government level.

    • tarikan

      Yes to a federal form of government. Imperial Manila will be a thing of the past. Federal States will have some kind of competition. That’s where one can see who is a do-nothing governor. 

  • $14334231

    “nABAYAg” mo abaya…..magkano kasi ang hiningi ng mga bicolanong pulitiko….alam ko ‘yan si bichara…kailangan meron siya anuman ang proyekto sa albay…tatakbo na naman ‘yan ng gobernador at si manang joey naman ang tatakbo ng congressman…palitan lang, ika nga…

    • efriend

      Joey Salceda is one of the best Governors in the entire PHL archipelago.

      • $14334231

        so?????….his term as governor is over, why run for congressman??…why not let someone else run….money, greed and power, not necessarily in that order, are the reasons…..

      • jun

        trapo… remember when he abandoned his former teacher, the queen of crocs? fled the sinking ship in no time. now, like a leech, that he is, again he is with the administration. really, a survivor!

      • reizhargej

         isa pa to..laki ng bunganga mo pasok mo si LOLONG SA BIBIG MO UN PATAY NA

      • jun

        siguro toyboy ka ni joey kaya sobrang depensa mo sa iya. sabihon mo sa fafa mo mag palong muna kan kuko nya ta makaation,

      • reizhargej

         ang galing mong bobo parekoy..ang galing mag point out kung kahit sino sino..kailangan mo ng BAYAG SA MALAKI MONG di naman sa nag dedefend talagang MAY BOBO SA ALL WALKS OF LIFE. ARRIBA ALBAY!

      • $14334231

        baka naman bayag mo ang naipasok sa ibang bunganga…enjoy ka ba…..hahaha….arribaYAG…..

      • jun

        he is the best, if you insist. but why don’t you ask why he grown so rich in a short time? maghapot ka sa mga contractors, baka you may open up a can of worms…

      • efriend

        Let the people of Albay decide and not you tsismoso!

      • magiting78

        Si isay may sabi saimo Manoy..Pareho sana sinda ni Villafuerte…

  • Ande’ Llorente

    To prevent delays in projects already funded by Congress, I would like Congress to establish an independent and highly integrated transparent panels composed of intelligent, highly professional engineers, architects, scientists and accountants, and lawyers to decide and approve bidding and constructions…this panel will report only to the President and will not be beholden to Congress or any other agencies of the government.

    • Horst Manure

      There is your problem right there ..lawyers… you don’t even have a Uni to train professional ethical lawyers.

    • Ande’ Llorente

       Lawyers are needed to interpret the laws, and I believed there are still lawyers who are not corrupt and can help tremendously in improving the plight of our seemingly corrupt country and we need “some” faith…and trust to survive…

  • beerhunters

    Abaya’s title should be Transportation “Commissioner”!!

  • Fulpol

    i just hope Mt. Mayon will not burst into tears once the project was tainted with corruption… if not, the newly built airport will be another Cagsawa ruin…

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  • vir_a

    This might happen also to Bohol’s airport which Pnoy keeps promising. The Cebu new terminal was hatched only recently but bidding process is ontime. The Bohol airport project is already 20 years old and still remains a plan and a promise. Tuwid na daan pero malayong malayo lang ang taga makarating.

  • johnnie r

    …Ang ‘LAGAY’ ba eh ganun-ganun na lang – DOTC

    • magiting78

      Ilan akin dyn….wala tinta ballpen ko eh wala pambili…lolz

  • EREC

    KOrte o procurement is unacceptable and credible reason for the delay of implementation of that project…. its a matter of % of commission on the project. Is Sec. Abaya could be a better COMMISSIONER or be a good and constructive SECRETARY? sEC. ABAD can say the status concerning financial allocation and status of this project that will takes years to complete. Thanks for the good governor of Albay for voicing out your concern in public. Province of Albay is a good place for tourism not only Legaspi City but upto town of  Tiwi…. the road in that province was so excellent in smoothness for years the durability guaranteed!

    Not like in neighbouring province Camarines Sur…you will felt that you are in storming sea. Sabi nga pagtulog ka, pag inaalog kana sa sasakyan mo iyan ay nasa Camarines Sur kana…. iyan ang simpleng palatandaan ng Camarines Sur sa lederato ng familia Villafuerte since Dictator Ferdinand Marcos regime.

    • Jury

      alin bang road sa camarines sur ang “felt as you are in storming sea”.? anong location?

  • Ai

    Every infra project is shelved, delayed or postponed. can’t remember one major infra project of this admin that have been finished nor started. sigh!

    • magiting78

      Meron naman yung underpass intersection between quezon ave at araneta…big accomplisment n ni Pnoy yun hahahaha

  • tarikan

    The DOTC bids and awards committee opened the bids submitted by two parties on Oct. 22 last year. The lower bid was for P718 million, or 20 percent under the DOTC’s floor price. Bicol congressmen, the reason is staring at you square in the face! Almost always in the PH govt projects the lowest bidder does not win the contract. Imagine he is already 20% under the DOTC’s floor price, how can he afford to give goodwill (read bribe) money to the officials? I don’t know if anyone has noticed this, if a PH govt office tries to procure something it settles for the highest price and the lowest quality. Nuts!!!  

  • reizhargej

    nakakapeste talaga ang GOBYERNO..balwarte ng mga bobong tagalog. well for da sake of Unity and peace..the Bicolanos will pursue justice under the philippine Law..
    this airport project is over 16 yrs OLD..kakahiya..
    kung sino MAUPO sa DOTC eh gusto dun ung project nya lahat ng PONDO ng PINAS..kaya nagagago sainyo mga TAO…

  • Shadows1

    Kung maka bobo ka naman sa mga Tagalog wagas. Kami ngang mga taga Maynila nde nagrereklamo na lahat ng mga pokpok sa mga beerhouse dito eh galing Bicol.

    • magiting78

      Oh di ba masasarap ang mga taga saamin…malamang binabalikbalikan mo hehehehe….

    • kamikazee1981

      Aba dre, hindi naman yan lahat taga Bicol dahil dayuhan din mga yan sa karatig probinsya sa central visayas region….bakit wla bang mga pokpok na tagamanila na dumadayo din sa probinsya? Kagaya sa Palawan ang ibang pokpok dun galing at laking manila…anu masasabi mo?

  • reizhargej

    PiPol of da PILIPINS..the PNR project started 80 yrs ago..since then NONE extra line has been ADDED..the so called SLEX..80’s or 90’s it doesnt you see the trend this stupid tagalogs Make? ilang bilyong pondo sinayang ng mga baog na utak na mga tagalog?kayo na lng mag calculate kung ilang bilyon na binuhos nila sa mga proyekto nila.. mga mrt mrt kuno nila mga feeling chicago, mga bobo..ilang train station, interprovince freeways na pwede magawa non..simula luzon hangngang mindanao saplot..Kaya kayong mga magsasaka sa mga liblib na probinsya..wala kayong mga eskwelahan, edukasyon..walang pagbabago hanggat hindi nyo batukan sa ulo ang GObyerno.

  • RamBoDan

    Lower bid means low quality…20% lower pa sa govt estimates…aray kong contractor ka ubos ang pondo mo di pa tapos ang project mo, kulong ka pa. Kya cguro hindi ma award-award dahil walang pang commision sa commissioner…Gov action ang kailangan ask for re-bidding.

    • Mamang Pulis

      napa aga ata penitensya ng mananalong conractor—-

    • TagaDumantay

      Lower bid does not necessarily means low quality. Whoever is more efficient & cost effective can do the job at lower cost. It really depends who are the bidders. Government estimate is also purely estimate & how much contingencies that add up from base estimate. The government should not pay for work not done yet.

  • Rizal

    May budget allocation na pala, may winning bidder na din. Aba anong petsa na. Trabaho kayo DOTC. Simulan na at tapusin sa lalong madaling panahon ang proyektong ito.

    • magiting78

      Hnd pwd umpisahan yan…hnd pa kami nag kakasundo magkano komisyon ko….ang lagay ba naman ganun ganun lng yun…

  • wilson

    si mannypangilinan  ng metro pacific o san miguel corporation na lang patrabahuhin niyo yan sa pamamagitan ng ppp siguradong mabilis yan.

  • Mamang Pulis

    ho ho hoj–lahat nag hahabol bago mag election ban sa pag award ng contract–ho ho ho

  • TagaDumantay

    If this is not yet awarded, then how come it is already know by media the price of lowest bidder. There was leakage on this tendering. If the contract was awarded to highest bidder, there is really a need for DOTC to explain & it’s just right for the lower bidder to sue.

  • just_the_guy

    What about the Manila-Bicol railroad! Where’s the outrage over it’s disrepair?

  • John TWT

    And what about the Andaya highway na talaga namang dinaya at simula nang matapos ay hindi na natigil ang pagkukumpuni. Halos isang dekada nang kinukumpuni ang lintik na highway na ‘to.

    Ginawa ‘to panahon pa yata ni Ramos. Tandaan Andaya Highway. Ang daming kumita dito at kumikita hanggang ngayon. Tapos yung mga contractor nito, wala lang. Walang kaparusahan sa bulok nilang construction. Bakit? Kasi tumiba rin mga pulitiko at mga ahensya, so walang magrereklamo. Kung meron mang private citizen na magreklamo, walang mangyayari.

    Paano ngayon yan, Mr President?

    Parang pakikinggan naman ‘tong post na ‘to.

    Wala na tayong pagasa!

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