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‘Di ‘yan libre! SC orders gov’t to pay contractor for landscaping project

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The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the government to finally pay the Kabukiran Garden which did the beautification projects in Metro Manila for the 112th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) summit held in 2005.

In its decision, the the high court directed the Commission on Audit (COA) “to determine and ascertain with dispatch, on a quantum meruit (as much as deserved) basis” the total compensation due and allow payment to Mario Geronimo, owner of Kabukiran Garden.

Geronimo was commissioned by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for several landscaping projects in the areas of Ayala Boulevard, Padre Burgos Street, Roxas Boulevard, Osmeña Highway, and other median strips or center islands of main thoroughfares within Metro Manila for the IPU Summit.

When DPWH failed to eventually pay him despite several demands, he filed his claim before the COA.

“The Court found that the liability of DPWH was sufficiently established based on the factual findings of the COA,” the SC stated.

“It noted the COA’s observation that the letters from the DPWH officials, as well as its allegations in its pleadings, tend to establish that Geronimo is entitled to his claim,” it cited.

The SC added the DPWH also “neither appealed nor sought the reconsideration of the COA’s factual findings.”