NorthMin lawmakers’ bill orders contractors to use PH-made materials

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Monday, December 9, 2013

TWO lawmakers from Northern Mindanao have filed a bill mandating all contractors to use Philippine-made materials for the construction, alteration or repair of any public works undertaking.

Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and his brother Rep. Maximo Rodriguez Jr. (Party-list, Abante Mindanao) authored House Bill 3285 to promote and encourage the use of Philippine made products, materials and supplies in every contract for construction.

Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez cited the policy of the State as embodied in Article XII, Section 12 of the Constitution to promote the preferential use of Filipino labor, domestic materials and locally produced goods, and adopt measures that help make them competitive.

The measure to be known as the "Preference for Philippine Materials in Public Contracts Act," also seeks to blacklist contractors, subcontractors, material men and suppliers who fail to comply with such requirements.

Rodriguez said under the bill, every contract for the construction, alteration or repair of any public building or public work in the country shall contain a provision that in the performance of the work, the contractor, subcontractors, materialmen or suppliers, shall use only unmanufactured articles, materials and supplies produced in the country.

The bill of the Rodriguezes also provides for an exception noted in the specification with respect to particular articles, materials or supplies that it is impracticable to comply with such requirement or that it would unreasonably increase the cost and a public record made of the findings which justified the exception.

If the head of the government agency which made the contract containing the provision required by Section 4 of this Act, finds that there has been a failure to comply with such provisions, he shall make his findings public, including the name of the contractor and shall not be awarded within a period of three years with any contract for construction, alteration or repair of any public building or public work elsewhere in the country.

"By doing this, the bill shall achieve its goal of blacklisting contractors, subcontractors, materialmen and suppliers who fail to comply with such requirements," the Rodriguezes said. (PNA)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 09, 2013.


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