The contractor, which won the bid to build the full span concrete bridge in Barangay Taclobo (Colon at the back of Foundation University) shall proceed with the civil works and must complete the project, barring any fortuitous event, in the next 299 calendar days.

These are among the terms provided in the contract agreement between Joint Venture of Jaime Ching Enterprises and Supreme Mega Structure Builders Inc. represented by Lawrence Limkaichong III and Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo of the City of Dumaguete on September 2, 2019.

Mayor Remollo said that the Colon bridge will replace the overflow spanning the Banica River that connected Barangays Taclobo and Bagacay that was destroyed in a flash flood caused by Typhoon Pablo.

Limkaichong, whose firm won the public bidding against two other companies, already signed and accepted the Notice to Proceed as of the same date so that construction of the bridge amounting to P 20.2 million will commence. His firm’s bid was determined to be the Lowest Calculated and Responsive bid by the City’s Bids and Awards Committee.

After the signing of the contract and the acceptance of the Notice to Proceed, the construction firm must perform the civil works as soon as possible. Suspension of work can only be granted in “case of war, due to force majeure, failure of the contractor to correct bad conditions, which are unsafe for both workers and the general public or any other fortuitous events.”

However, the contractor maybe justified in suspending work should there exists a problem in the right-of-way; requisite construction plan has not been furnished; threat to peace and order; failure to deliver the government furnished materials and equipment or delay in the payment of claim for progress billing beyond 45 calendar days.

Once completed, the bridge will significantly reduce traffic congestion in the downtown area, improve the safety of motorist and pedestrians and eliminating the threat of rising flood water inundating the homes along the riverbank.