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Saturday, March 03, 2007

Roxas: Rescinding of P21-B Subic-Clark road contract feared

THE 21-billion contract awarded to Japanese constructors on the P21-billion Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) may be rescinded if they continue on delaying its construction.

Earlier, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) warned that the Japanese contractors have already incurred a combined negative slippage pf 8.31 percent. A 15 percent delay can be a ground for rescinding the contract, it added.

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Reports said some road-right-of way problems recently developed along the expressway project in Dinalupihan, Bataan which delayed its construction.

Nevertheless, BCDA authorities have been coordinating with the landowners in the Dinalupihan area who have been assured they would be paid as soon as necessary documents are completed.

Some BCDA officials said that construction of the expressway was also being hampered by old and inefficient equipment allegedly being used in the project.

Because of this observation, Rene Romero, chair of the Advocacy for the Development of Central Luzon (ADCL) has asked Japanese contractors "to apply their highest standards in the construction project and invest in modern equipment as stipulated with their contract with BCDA."

According to Romero, also president of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ADCL would not allow the construction to be stalled by gross negligence and inefficiency of the contractors.

Secretary Edgardo Pamintuan of Subic Clark Alliance for Development and Luzon Urban Beltway (LUB) chief, said SCTEX should be completed in a pre-determined timetable. He added that the expressway will link Subic Freeport and Clark Airport and provide a seamless corridor envisioned to be a world-class hub for logistics, investments and industry in the Philippines and Asia.

In addition, the expressway is a major infrastructure project of the government and forms a major component of the larger P200 billion LUB program of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Clark International Airport Corp. president Victor Jose I. Luciano has welcomed as a major aviation project the launching at Clark zone of the cadet pilot program by Cebu Pacific (CEB), the country's low fare leader and leading domestic air carrier.

The Cadet Pilot Career Program was launched at Clark to train commercial pilots to crew CEB's rapidly increasing fleet of new Airbus aircraft.

Clark Aviation has is currently installation the first A320 flight simulator to train cadet pilots. It will also be available for airlines to carry out their by-annual recurrent training for their existing pilots. The second simulator is scheduled to be installed also at Clark in the last quarter of 2007.
By Fred Roxas - SunStar Countryside Pulse

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