Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Unbelievable Threshold of Incompetence

I just watched a brief segment of the Quick Response Team of GMA News on TV regarding the partial (incomplete) reconstruction of a bridge somewhere in Calumpit, Bulacan. In short, it appears the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the implementing government agency responsible for ensuring the completion of the bridge in a timely manner, is dilly-dallying on the matter and cannot even provide an estimate on when the bridge will be completed.

The reason: the DPWH discovered sometime in the middle of the construction of the bridge that there were obstructions in the river that prevented certain construction equipment from boring the river bed and establishing the foundation and supporting structures of the bridge. As a result, they are stuck.

But here's the clincher: the DPWH personnel being interviewed insists it is not their fault they did not know beforehand that there were such obstructions in the river. As an engineer myself, methinks (and common sense dictates) determining what is on and under the path of the foundation and supporting structures of the bridge is a standard due diligence review item that should have been established and fully-known way before the construction of the bridge commenced. Hence, the DPWH personnel's refusal to take responsibility for his team's and the agency's gross negligence and incompetence represents how low, thick-skinned and disgusting our government has evolved--and how my hard-earned taxes are being squandered. That DPWH personnel and the whole DPWH team responsible for the said bridge should be fired immediately and made an example to all the wasteful and incompetent employees in government.

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