Milking cow

N. Vizcaya townsfolk slam defective projects
Philippine Daily Inquirer, Tuesday, August 21, 2012

BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya—A group of residents here is asking officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to investigate deals involving allegedly defective projects done by the agency, which they blamed for the series of flooding here in recent weeks.

Residents of Barangay Banggot observed defects in a P1-million drainage canal here that was funded through the Priority Development Assistance Fund of Nueva Vizcaya Rep. Carlos Padilla and implemented by the DPWH through CDJ Builders, a private contractor.

DPWH sources said the project was eventually subcontracted to another firm.

A poster grabbing credit for a drainage canal project in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya that was recently removed by the Department of Public Works and Highways. Contributed photo

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Is there light at end of Philex tunnel?

By Melvin Gascon
from Philippine Daily Inquirer
Date Published: May 10, 2005

Editor’s Note: This story won first prize in the writing contest among fellows of the 2005 Graciano Lopez Jaena journalism workshop conducted by the University of the Philippines’ College of Mass Communication on May 1-6 at UP Baguio. The author is the Inquirer’s correspondent for Nueva Vizcaya.

IT WAS a painful parting that day for Junior and Ronald, both 9. Ronald was leaving with his entire family-and everything they had-for Naguilian town in La Union.

They have been the closest of friends, Grade 4 classmates at the Philex Mines Elementary School. They had played in the same neighborhood in the mining village of Padcal in Barangay Camp 3, Tuba, Benguet.

Their fathers were employees of Philex Mining Corp. Ronald’s father, who had worked there for the past 23 years, was among those retrenched as part of the company’s decongestion program.

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