Gov­er­nor Da­vide okays con­struc­tion of P1.5B build­ing

The Freeman - - NEWS - An­to­jado/GAN

Cebu Gov­er­nor Hi­lario Da­vide III has ap­proved the rec­om­men­da­tion of the Capi­tol's Bids and Awards Com­mit­tee (BAC) for the con­struc­tion of the 20-storey re­source cen­ter by the WT Con­struc­tion.

BAC Vice Chair­per­son Jon Zeigfred Sepe con­firmed that Da­vide has al­ready ap­proved their rec­om­men­da­tion one week af­ter the con­trac­tor passed the post qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

The rec­om­men­da­tion was al­ready for­warded to the Pro­vin­cial Board for rat­i­fi­ca­tion.

"Amo na gi-en­dorse ngadto sa pro­vin­cial board atong Mon­day. Sila nay mokuan ato kay ang nor­mal process ana, igka-re­ceive sa pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary, siya na ang mod­e­cide kon asa na iduso," Sepe said.

Along with the rec­om­men­da­tion is also the re­quest of the BAC to the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lalaw­igan (SP) to give the gov­er­nor the au­thor­ity to en­ter into a con­tract with the WT Con­struc­tion, and for them to re­lease a no­tice to award to the bid­der.

SP Sec­re­tary Pulchra Marie Acevedo said the sub­mit­ted doc­u­ments by the BAC is still at the com­mit­tee level and are not in­cluded in the agenda this com­ing Mon­day's reg­u­lar ses­sion of the PB.

"Ang BAC doc­u­ments re­gard­ing the con­struc­tion sa re­source cen­ter en­dorsed al­ready to the chair­man pero wala pa gi­pakarga," Acevedo said.

Acevedo is re­fer­ring to the chair­man of the com­mit­tee on Pro­vin­cial/Mu­nic­i­pal Prop­er­ties Bud­get and Ap­pro­pri­a­tion and the com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Works, High­ways and In­fra­struc­ture headed by Board Mem­ber Ce­lestino Martinez III and Jerome Li­brando, re­spec­tively.

What will be dis­cussed in next week's ses­sion is the first read­ing of the pro­posed or­di­nance on the Cebu pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment’s plan to bor­row to fi­nance the re­source cen­ter that will rise at the Capi­tol com­pound.

The Capi­tol bor­rowed P1.5 bil­lion from the De­vel­op­ment Bank of the Philip­pines (DBP) for the con­struc­tion of the said ed­i­fice.

The WT Con­struc­tion, which sub­mit­ted a bid of P1.2 bil­lion for the build­ing, was the lone bid­der that went through the process of the bid­ding and passed the post qual­i­fi­ca­tion stage of the BAC.

Sepe said the project has long been planned and con­cep­tu­al­ized by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment in 2014.

This, af­ter for­mer gov­er­nor and now Con­gress­woman Gwen­dolyn Gar­cia ques­tioned why the Capi­tol is in a "hurry" in the con­struc­tion of the build­ing.

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