Controversial Malaybalay market and bus terminal

It’s been months WAY BEYOND its supposed completion date but until now, the controversial Malaybalay City Integrated Bus Terminal and Public Market is still unfinished. The contractor, Manila-based H.R. Lopez Construction, was initially granted a 5-month extension. However, the P225 million complex is still incomplete.

Malaybalay City TerminalMalaybalay City Mayor Florencio T. Flores, Jr. told Bukidnon Online that the contractor has asked for a 9-month extension. This, despite the fact that the city’s contract with H.R. Lopez Construction has ended.

“We didn’t terminate their contract. It just simply ended,” Flores emphasized.

Now the big question is — exactly WHEN will this complex be finished? Also, now that the contract has ended, should the city government still pay the contractor? Does the construction firm even have any liability at all?

The construction of this integrated bus terminal and public market is supposed to undergo three phases: Phase 1 being the public market, Phase 2 being the terminal and Phase 3 being the commercial buildings area. However, it’s October 2008 and the public market alone isn’t even complete.

What can you say about this controversial issue?

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