Ahong to contractor: finish Road project or see you in court

GOLDFIN Construction and Development Corp., the contractor of the long-overdue drainage project on the Ibabao-Agus Road in Barangay Agus, Lapu-Lapu City, has until Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, to finish it. Otherwise, Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan will press charges.

“Mao na nga I’ll give an ultimatum with the contractor. Until Monday, if dili nila buhaton (if they won’t do it), we will make legal actions against them,” Chan said on Saturday, Jan. 7. “Probably, we will file a case against them because it’s already due and then wala pa nila mahuman (and they haven’t finished yet).

The mayor said he will inspect the site on Monday, adding that the project was supposed to be completed last August yet.

He said Goldfin Construction also handles the Mactan-Ibo-Buaya Road, which is also delayed.

While he understands that the construction was halted due to the damage of the water pipe of the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD), Chan said he personally asked the water distributor to fast-track its repair.

Chan said the contractor was expected to resume its operations by Thursday, Jan. 5, since MCWD was able to repair the water pipe last Wednesday.

Following his inspection on Saturday, the mayor said no work has been done.

“This delayed project has inconvenienced residents, especially motorists as well as tourists,” he said in Cebuano, adding that the road leads to hotels and resorts.

Resorts complaining

He pointed out that general managers of resorts are complaining and have even filed petitions concerning the unfinished projects.

Meanwhile, the mayor said they will ask the Department of Public Works and Highways 7 for a list of delayed or unfinished projects in the city so they can make follow-ups.

Chan said Cebu’s tourism industry is slowly recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic and super typhoon Odette and tourists are starting to trickle in.

He said these unfinished projects will give a bad impression of the city.

Instead of the usual 10 minutes to travel from the airport to hotels and resorts, Chan said it will take tourists about 40 minutes to get to their destinations.

He, however, clarified that he has nothing against these projects, which are funded by the National Government.

“We just want these long-delayed projects to be completed,” he said in Cebuano.