Baciwa union hits OGCC's opinion-A A +A
Saturday, August 17, 2013
BACOLOD City Water District (Baciwa) union president Claudio Salmo questioned the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel’s (OGCC) recommendation of Miya Maynilad to proceed its proposal to Baciwa for the reduction of non-revenue water and expansion project.
Salmo said the recommendation is questionable despite the fact that the proponent has not fully complied with the requirements stipulated under Stage 1.
The proponent submitted only its proposal and nothing insofar as the eligibility requirements, the union leader said.
They want to use the 2008 Guidelines of the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) so that their identity will be discussed in Stage 2, he pointed out, adding that under the 2013 Guidelines of Neda, they have to comply with the eligibility requirements before they can proceed to Stage 2.
Other issues raised by the union are: the proponent must have completed at least 50 pecent of P924 million of the joint venture activity subject to the selection process within the relevant period as determined by the government; the prospective joint venture partner shall submit a statement of all of its ongoing and completed government and private contacts similar or related to joint venture activity subject of the selection process, including contracts awarded but not yet started if any.
On the financial capability, the union the government shall determine the minimum amount of equity needed in the joint venture activity include the minimum amount of equity needed for the joint venture is P462 million, which is 50 percent of the project cost based on Neda.
Salmo, on the other hand, said the withdrawal of Maynilad from the consortium with Miya will have its effect in the legal personality of the proponent.
Only the three board of directors of Baciwa know the intricacies of this proposal, he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 17, 2013.