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Byline: Neal H. Cruz
I NOTICED THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBlic Works and Highways has been running advertisements in a minor Manila newspaper almost daily, inviting bids for various government infrastructure projects ranging from roads and ports to energy projects and a host of others. There seems to be a rush to get government projects started, or least bidded out, before the 2010 election. One particular project attracted special attention: the P1.8-billion Samar Circumferential Road (SCR). Are the taxpayers being set up for another grand screwing through the implementation of infrastructure projects costing billions of pesos to get administration candidates elected?
Over the years, the SCR project has been gathering cobwebs in the shelves. Then, lo and behold, it is suddenly on the bidding block, if it hasnt been awarded already. …