PHP 1.3-B CEBU CAPITOL RESOURCE CENTER SOON TO RISE
IN PHOTO: Proposed Php 1.3 billion Cebu Capitol Resource Center
Debunking rumors of alleged graft and corruption to help finance political campaign in next year’s mid-term elections, Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III said the public bidding for the Php1.3 billion worth Capitol’s 20-storey resource center was above board and beyond trace of irregularity and anomaly as the process passed the legal, technical and financial requisites provided for under Republic Act 9184, otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act.
The governor and members of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) were lambasted in local radio commentary programs and some newspaper columns for alleged irregularity in the conduct of the public bidding following the announcement made by the Capitol that WT Construction Inc. (WTCI), one of the seven bidders, was found to be the contractor that submitted the “lowest calculated bid,” thus may be declared the winning bidder.
Davide, however, clarified that WTCI is not yet considered the winning bidder as it has yet to pass the remaining steps in the procurement process.
The controversy stemmed from what had been talked about as a graft-ridden dilapidated construction of the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) which was reportedly built haphazardly in time for the holding of the Asean Summit in 2006 during the incumbency of now Rep. Gwen Garcia as governor.
WTCI was the contractor of the controversial CICC.
The other contractor which submitted the final bid requirements was Finmat International Resources, Inc., a Manila-based construction firm.
Davide stressed the BAC is still in the process of validating if the contractor can really deliver the project as planned.
On the CICC controversy, Davide explained that his administration found out that the problem was not who built the edifice but how the procurement process went.
On the part of his administration’s bidding process, Davide said “this went through a competitive public bidding.”
After ironing out some kinks of the alleged irregular public bidding process and a winning contractor will finally be declared, the construction of the resource center will start before this year ends, it was learned.