Citizen Watchdog

Is this drainage project really worth P2-M?

PENUEL TANIO, a native of Candoni, Negros Occidental, asked this when he shared with CANA photos and sketches of the allegedly completed local roads and drainage project in his town worth PhP 2 million.

The Candoni LGU in 2011 received PhP 1 million from the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to support the project. The PCF is DILG’s incentive fund to LGUs in the form of counterpart funding to “high-impact capital investment projects” such as roads, bridges, irrigation system and tourism facilities.

In its 55th regular session on July 18, 2011, the municipal council released PhP 1 million as counterpart in the project which will supposedly consist of the “improvement of road shoulders, construction of concreted drainage canals of Rufino delos Santos Street, Q.G. Manzano Street, S.N. Pajarillo Street, and construction of blind drainage along these municipal streets surrounding the public market.”

In May 2013, during election season, Tanio, who is also chairperson of the citizen-led Whistleblowers’ Association for Reforms and Responsible Action for Nationalist Transformation (WARRANT), has questioned the LGU on where the funds went to a project which he has never seen. 

“I also learned that the project funds have already been withdrawn from the bank account of the LGU,” Tanio said.

Surprisingly, the Municipal Engineer has already issued a certification of completion on the project on March 2014. 

Tanio’s group, upon visiting the project site, saw the project in such condition – drainage were unfinished and not even concreted, and ultimately posed dangers to the public.

Tanio has brought the issue to DILG Secretary Mar Roxas. In July, the DILG has sent engineers to check on the allegedly finished project.

He and his fellow anti-corruption advocates await results of the investigation.

Do you have similar stories of public works that don’t make sense or don’t match to their supposed worth? Share them with us. 

Download files of the alleged P2 Million Drainage Project in Candoni Negros Occidental here.