COA demands blacklisting contractors who caused delay of BFP’s modernization program

The Commission on Audit has demanded the blacklisting of contractors who have caused the continued delay in the implementation of the Bureau of Fire Protection’s modernization program that guarantees the establishment of one operational fire station in every municipality and city in the country.

COA revealed in its 2019 BFP annual audit report that was released days ago that 170 fire stations remained unfinished in 2019, or have been abandoned by the contractor due to various reasons.

In the same audit report submitted to BFP Director Jose S. Embang Jr.,  COA Director Michael R. Bacani also revealed that the firefighting agency has transferred P4.309 billion to two procurement service agencies of the government for the purchase of supplies, materials and equipment and to finance various infrastructure projects.

Despite receiving the allocation from the BFP, the Procurement Service of the Department  of Budget and Management and the Philippine International Trading Corporation have failed to deliver the orders for several years now.

“Thus, depriving the agency of the immediate use of the items which are crucial in the discharge of the agency’s operation and unnecessarily making the fund idle in the custody of the PS-DBM and PITC,” COA lamented.

The state audit agency called for an investigation into the cause of delay in the implementation of construction projects with contracts already awarded to construction firms.

These projects are part of the BFP modernization program approved by government.

Auditors  called for the blacklisting of the contractors who have reneged on their contract obligation to deliver on time the fire station projects.

Recovery of liquidated damages and forfeiture of performance bonds of erring contractors were also proposed by COA.

According to the COA report, the implementation of the fire station construction projects has been entrusted to the PITC in 2017 although there was no

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