Lowest, responsive bidder will win infra awards, say

LOWEST bids alone for infrastructure projects in the city will no longer be the criteria for qualification and selection of bids. The word evaluation of a bid by “responsive” company bidding has been added.

According to City Budget Officer Luz de Guzman, chairperson of Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) this is the new requirement of Republic Act No.9184 or the New Procurement Law.

The new requirement, she said, will already be adopted in determining the contractor for the backfilling of the 2.1-hectare land donated to Dagupan City as site of the new government center along Jose de Venecia Expressway Extension.

De Guzman said all the bids were already opened last week but did not release results of the initial evaluation naming the contractors with the lowest and responsive bids that will be submitted to the next stage of post qualification.

Meanwhile, Mayor Belen Fernandez said the city government will try to raise the fund for the project from its expected surpluses, De Guzman said the possibility that the city government will apply for P590 million for the remains: P570 million for the building and P20 million for its e-governance feature.

The city government, she said, received offers from the Development Bank of the Philippines, Land Bank of the Philippines and the Municipal Development Fund of the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) to give out loan for the project.

“If possible, it will be a loan payable in 10 months because Mayor Fernandez does not want a long amortization period,” she said.

De Guzman also announced that the construction of the boardwalk near the proposed government center at a cost of P75 million is already about to start.

The completion of the boardwalk, she said, may even precede the completion of the backfilling of the land for the new government center.

The project, which is similar to another boardwalk at Tondaligan Park, will be financed by the national government through the initiative of Fourth District Rep. Christopher de Venecia. (Leonardo Micua)

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