Council orders ‘redo’ of substandard gym


  • By Rubyloida Bitog

    Friday, July 13, 2012

    ITOGON, Benguet –- The newly-completed gymnasium of Tocmo Elementary School received various criticisms because of its substandard quality.

    Earlier, the project which is in Barangay Loacan was completed by JTMB Builders on April 11. Municipal Engineer Charlie Gayasco and assistant Ferino Velsco issued a certificate of completion on April 20. Attached to the certificate is the recommendation of the inspection team.

    The inspection team was composed of the Municipal Planning and Development Office, Philex Mining Corporation, legislative council, and the barangay chief of Loacan.

    They said the contractor has met the requirements set and had accomplished the project.

    However, some of the members of the team did not sign the evaluation. The legislative council said the signature of Captain Henry Dianuan was allegedly forged.   

    On July 10, Vice Mayor Noel Ngolob and the councilors expressed their disgust on the project during their regular session.  Ngolob said it is so unfortunate because the contractor is from the barangay itself.

    Mayor Oscar Camantiles issued memorandum number 077, series of 2012 which revealed the gymnasium has leaking roofings especially at the lap joints.

    “Be it noted that the very purpose of installing the roof on the gymnasium is to keep the inside of the structure dry in order to have a place for the pupils and community to conveniently conduct their activities even during the rainy season. The project will be rendered useless if there is a leak on the roofing,” reads the memorandum. 

    Camantiles further stated on his memorandum on the information wherein the contractor applied vulca seal (roof sealant) on the lap joints. He said this should not be because the sealant will soon wither and the roof will leak again. 

    The council ordered an immediate “remove and repeat” scheme for the contractor to follow. 

    Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 13, 2012.

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