Look: P50-M Naga River Project by VP Leni Robredo Collapses, Less Than 2 Months after its Inauguration

 

A part of the Naga River Revetment Project by Vice President Leni Robredo when she was still a congresswoman has collapsed on November 4, 2016. This was part of the P650-million Naga River rehabilitation project funded from the community development fund (CDF) of VP Leni Robredo during the administration of Benigno “Noynoy”Aquino III.

According to report by Bicol Standard last November 5, at least 55 meters of the Naga City Revetment Project collapsed at around 4:45 p.m., amid four days of continuous rains. The affected portion is located at the back of Sto. Nino Memorial Park. VP Robredo attended its inauguration on September 9, 2016, nearly 2 months before the said portion collapsed.

“Oo kasi ito Naga River revetment, mayor pa ang asawa ko, panaginip na talaga ito. Kaya lang at that time napakahirap humingi sa national government. Kaya ilang decades panaginip lang talaga siya.” VP Robredo said in an ambush interview during the inauguration of the Naga River Revetment Project.

“Pero noong nakaraang administrasyon, pinakinggan din ang ating panaginip. Binigyan tayo ng 375 million, at staggered sa pitongs projects. So halos ang buong portion ng Bicol river, ‘yong Naga River na tinatawag, naayos na.” She added, noting that the 5,670-meter project aims to provide convenience for the devotees of the annual Penafrancia Festival.

Initially, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) blamed the incident to the 100-meter concrete fence construction on top of the revetment. In a statement, Sto. Niño Memorial Park owner Irene Mariano admitted that no permit was secured for the said fence. However, she categorically denied that it was not the cause of the collapse.


It was later discovered that the G.I. pipes used in the revetment project was substandard. Bicol Goldrock Constructions (BGCC), the contractor of the project, has agreed to reconstruct the structure. However, it claimed it has not yet received any single peso as agreed upon, despite the fact that they have already been working on it for almost a year.

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