By Raymund F. Antonio
The Office of the Vice President (OVP) vowed yesterday that heads would roll over last Friday’s collapse of a portion of the 5.6-kilometer Bicol River Revetment Project in Naga City, Camarines Sur, a project Vice President Leni Robredo initiated and helped fund when she was still in Congress.
Robredo’s spokesperson, Georgina Hernandez, said that the persons responsible for the collapse of a 50-meter section of the river revetment project would be held accountable.
Hernandez also said that the contractor would repair the damaged portion of the revetment and strengthen the other parts of the structure to prevent a repeat of the incident.
“The countrymen of VP Leni in Naga are rest assured that VP Leni is monitoring the repairs. She is making sure that all of the persons involved would be held liable,” Hernandez told a radio interview.
The P650-million revetment rehabilitation project was funded by the previous administration through then Rep. Robredo’s community development fund (CDF).
Last Monday, after Robredo wrote District Engineer Rebecca Roces of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Camarines Sur to ask for a report about the incident, the OVP learned that the contractor mobilized on the same day to construct the project barracks in order to start the repair on the revetment
The DPWH earlier hinted that the concrete fence built on top of the revetment by the owner of Sto. Niño Memorial Park could have possibly caused the collapse.
Others are not discounting the possibility that the revetment project had a weak foundation allegedly due to sub-standard quality of work.