4 bidders up for new City Hall construction

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

ILOILO CITY - Four construction bidders proposed for the construction of the P450 million new City Hall building in-front of Plaza Libertad here.

Hilmarcs and IBC joint venture, Asset Builders, AM Oreta Construction and FF Cruz Construction dropped their bids for the construction of a seven-storey imposing edifice in the heart of the city.

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These construction bidders have beaten the deadline set by the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC).

Only IBC Construction, a reported blacklisted construction firm by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), is based in Iloilo while the others are based in Metro Manila.

Hilmarcs has made a name in Iloilo after it constructed the almost P500 million and five storey Iloilo Provincial Capitol, which is one of the landmarks of this city.

BAC chairman Lawyer Edgar Gil said the bidding started on January 13 and the bidding committee evaluated each bidder according to its past performance, equipment and working construction force.

Gil added that 13 bidders from Iloilo, Cebu and Manila, some of which have international construction projects, bought bidding documents and expressed intention to participate in the bidding process. However, three bidders withdrew and eventually only four beat the deadline.

Based on the architectural design of W.Coscolluela Construction, the new City Hall will be a seven-storey building encompassing facades of four heritage sites such as the old Masonic Temple, Iloilo Customs House, University of the Philippines Visayas and the old city hall.

Gil said that city Mayor Jerry P. Treñas will schedule the groundbreaking rites probably in the middle of February 2010, in time to beat the election banning of public works construction by March 26, 2010.

4 bidders new city hall construction

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