SAN JOSE, Tarlac: The construction of the P5.86-billion Balog-Balog Storage Dam and its appurtenant structures under the Balog-Balog Multipurpose project phase 2 in Barangay Maamot here is facing another delay.
This came after the Quezon City-based consortium of ITP/Guangxi Construction, the project contractor, was blacklisted by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).
The suspension and disqualification from participating in all government procurement will be effective for the period of one year, which started on Jan. 28, 2021.
NIA also forfeited the performance security of the contractors, amounting to P1.76 billion.
“The blacklisting of the contractors was made in penalty to their failure to fully and faithfully comply with contractual obligations without valid cause or noncompliance to any written lawful instruction of the procuring entity or its representative(s) pursuant to the implementation of the contract,” NIA said in its statement.
Other violations, under Annex 1 of the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 9184, include the absence of minimum essential equipment listed on the bid.
NIA said the equipment was necessary to execute the contract works in accordance with the approved work plan and equipment deployment schedule as required for the project.
The consortium is among four contractors blacklisted by NIA in the last two weeks. MAC Builders, contractor for the P730.945-million Malinao Dam Improvement Project in Pilar, Bohol; Premium Megastructures, project contractor of the P273.508-million Bonot-Bonot Earthfill Dam and its appurtenant structures, located in the municipality of Buenavista, Bohol; and Green Asia Construction, the project contractor for the P296.93-million rehabilitation and improvement of the Casecnan Multipurpose Irrigation and Power Project, located in Gapan, Nueva Ecija and San Miguel-San Ildefonso, Bulacan, were also blacklisted by NIA, and their performance security bonds were, likewise, forfeited.
Last year, NIA announced that the BBMP is being fast-tracked by the government despite the pandemic.
Once completed, the BBMP will provide year-round irrigation to 34,410 hectares of farmlands in 10 municipalities in Tarlac province.
It is estimated that more than 23,000 farmers and their families in the towns of Capas, Concepcion, La Paz, Paniqui, Pura, Victoria, Ramos, Gerona, San Jose and Tarlac City are projected to see improvement in crop production.
The 105.5-m high dam with three 25-m cascading sections each and a crest of 1.4 km will also reduce flooding in low-lying areas and provide inland fish production while also producing 43.5 MW of electricity from its hydropower component and also store 560 million cubic meters of water.
The dam is also projected to increase rice production by nearly 178 percent from 126,480 MT to 350,980 MT that will support at least 23,000 farmers and the rice per capita consumption of Tarlac residents.