BSL LEADS BIDS COMMITTEE
AS far as the Dagupan City Hall is concerned, there is no more road block to the controversial sale of the former MC Adore Hotel and possibly the city’s property in Barangay Talibaew, Calasiao.
Mayor Benjamin Lim has signed Executive Order No. 119, Series of 2012 ordering the “Constitution of the Dagupan City Committee on Awards for the Disposal of the MC Adore Property”.
Lim named himself chairman of the committee with the following members: Councilor Alvin Coquia, chairman of the SP committee on Land Utilization; Councilor Jesus Canto, chairman of the SP appropriations committee; City Treasurer Romelita Alcantara; OIC Budget Officer Virgil Tabngco; City Accountant Teresita Manaois; OIC General Service Officer Eduardo Magno; Ricardo Victoria, chairman of the Christian Evangelical Ministries Federation; and Lelia Chua Sy, president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Metro Dagupan Chapter.
The committee is tasked to establish the mechanics and procedure for the public auction of the MC Adore property; cause the intention of the City to sell the MC Adore property to the highest bidder to be published in a newspaper of general circulation; accept bids and conduct public bidding for the properties; award to the highest bidder all pertinent documents such as but not limited to the original Transfer Certificates of Titles; and perform such other functions as may be provided by law or competent authority.
Based on the executive order, the Mayor’s Office received the Inspection and Appraisal Report of the Technical Information Technology Services of the Commission on Audit, Regional Office No. 1, San Fernando City, La Union recommending the disposal of the MC Adore property through public action at a floor price of P106,283,000.
Prior to this, the Dagupan Appraisal Committee submitted its Appraisal Report/ Recommendation on the MC Adore Property to the Office of the City Auditor on September 7, 2012.
The basis for the sale of the property is Resolution No. 6809-2012 affirming and confirming the authority given to the mayor to initiate, facilitate and complete the sale, in accordance with law of MC Adore and a parcel of land situated in Barangay Talibaew, Calasiao and further ratifying all legal procedures undertaken pursuant to SP Resolution No. 6738- 2012.
Resolution No 6738-2012 was approved by the SP in a controversial special session called by Lim on April 20, 2012 when Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez, chair of the SP, was in the United States on an official visit.
When Fernandez was asked about the E.O., she said her office did not receive a copy of the communication of the COA regional office setting the minimum bid price of P106.2 M.
She said she found it strange that the COA regional office would set a low bid price when the hotel’s zonal value in 2007 was already P120 M.
Fernandez said she will seek a clarification from COA’s national office.
Meanwhile, Judge Emma Torio of Branch 42 Regional Trial Court in Dagupan City again reset the hearing on the petition for a restraining order on the planned sale of MC Adore to January 18, 2013.
The postponement was caused by the demand of the counsel for the respondents, Dagupan Mayor Benjamin Lim and nine councilors, that the original copy of the opinion submitted by the DILG legal Service be submitted to the court instead of a mere duplicate copy.
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