Would-be bidder questions Capitol’s choice

HOW can the Province of Cebu enter into a contract with a consulting firm that has a “questionable record of past performance” in projects, including some for the Capitol?

This was the inquiry raised by Michael L. Ralota Architects, who questioned the plan to hire A.S. Enriquez Engineering Consultancy for a 12-level building project inside the Capitol compound.

The Cebu Provincial Board has approved the resolution authorizing Gov. Hilario Davide III.

For P57 million, A.S. Enriquez is supposed to handle the detailed architectural and engineering design and feasibility study, as well as supervise construction of a 12-storey building within the Capitol compound.

Ralota recalled that the same consultancy firm had been hired by then Cebu governor Pablo Garcia for the design and supervision of improvements on the South Bus Terminal.

However, the project was not implemented. Ralota alleged that the consultant had already been paid 40 percent of the consultancy fee, but some pre-requisites to construction had not been taken care of.

Ralota also pointed out that the same group designed and supervised construction of the new Talisay City Hall, but the ceiling on its third floor collapsed before the building was turned over.

As per guidelines, proof of “previous performance” is needed from consultants before they can be awarded projects. The National Economic and Development Authority set the guidelines to enforce Republic Act 9184.

“The (Cebu) Provincial Board, upon authorizing Governor Davide to enter into this contract agreement was not aware of these,” read part of Ralota’s message.

He asked why the bids and awards committee (BAC) didn’t answer his letter, where he said he intended to participate in the selection process.
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