Of­fices re­minded about ‘timely’ com­ple­tion of in­fra projects

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MALA­CAÑANG has is­sued a mem­o­ran­dum, re­mind­ing all gov­ern­ment of­fices, agen­cies, and in­stru­men­tal­i­ties to en­sure “timely” com­ple­tion of in­fra­struc­ture projects.

The or­der was di­rected to all gov­ern­ment of­fices, in­clud­ing gov­ern­men­towned or -con­trolled cor­po­ra­tions (GOCCS), gov­ern­ment fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions (GFIS), state uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges (SUCS), and lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUS) ac­cord­ing to Mem­o­ran­dum Cir­cu­lar (MC) 57 inked on Fe­bru­ary 7.

MC 57 di­rected all heads and con­cerned of­fi­cials and em­ploy­ees of de­part­ments, bu­reaus, and of­fices, in­clud­ing GOCCS, GFIS, SUCS, and LGUS, to strictly ob­serve the laws, is­suances, and poli­cies on timely com­ple­tion of gov­ern­ment in­fra­struc­ture projects, in­clud­ing the im­po­si­tion of ap­pro­pri­ate sanc­tions for in­frac­tions and vi­o­la­tions thereof.

“The above­men­tioned heads and con­cerned of­fi­cials shall en­sure that in un­der­tak­ing gov­ern­ment in­fra­struc­ture projects, all mea­sures to pro­mote the safety of, and mit­i­gate in­con­ve­nience to the pub­lic are in place,” the mem­o­ran­dum, signed by Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Sal­vador Me­di­aldea by author­ity of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, read.

The Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways (DPWH) was ordered to take ap­pro­pri­ate mea­sures to en­sure com­pli­ance of con­cerned gov­ern­ment agen­cies and in­stru­men­tal­i­ties, GOCCS, GFIS, SUCS, and LGUS with MC 57.

Sec­tion 65, Rule 21 of the re­vised im­ple­ment­ing rules and reg­u­la­tions of the Gov­ern­ment Pro­cure­ment Re­form Act pro­vides that pub­lic of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als in col­lu­sion with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, who de­lay with­out jus­ti­fi­able cause any ser­vices re­lated to in­fra­struc­ture projects, shall suf­fer im­pris­on­ment and tem­po­rary dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion from pub­lic of­fice, with­out prej­u­dice to the pro­vi­sions of Anti-graft and Cor­rupt Prac­tices Act and other pe­nal laws.

Un­der Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der signed in 2017, the DPWH, as chair of in­fra­struc­ture clus­ter, was tasked to lead in en­hanc­ing the de­liv­ery of pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture; im­prov­ing the qual­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity of pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture and pub­lic in­vest­ment ef­fi­ciency; strength­en­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion ca­pac­ity and bud­get ex­e­cu­tion of gov­ern­ment agen­cies in­volved in in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment; and en­sur­ing eq­ui­table ac­cess to in­fra- struc­ture ser­vices.

“Un­fin­ished gov­ern­ment in­fra­struc­ture projects cause great in­con­ve­nience and se­ri­ous dam­age to the prej­u­dice of the gen­eral pub­lic, and ad­versely af­fect the de­liv­ery of ba­sic ser­vice,” MC 57 stressed.

“The devel­op­ment goals of ac­cel­er­at­ing in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment and en­sur­ing ef­fi­cient gov­er­nance re­main as over­rid­ing ob­jec­tives of the gov­ern­ment un­der the Philip­pine Devel­op­ment Plan 2017-2022,” it added.

A copy of the mem­o­ran­dum, which takes ef­fect “im­me­di­ately,” was re­leased by Mala­cañang on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 11./Sun­star Philip­pines

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