SIX contractors have expressed interest to handle the construction of the P600-million first phase of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

Five of them were the same contractors who participated in the first bidding by the City Government last year, but was eventually declared a failure by Mayor Michael Rama.

They are CE Padilla Construction, Dakay Construction, WTG Construction and Development Corp. in a joint venture with A.M. Oreta Construction, EM Cuerpo Inc. and SCDI-MCEI joint venture.

WTG-AM Oreta placed the lowest bid, but they were later disqualified due to alleged inconsistencies in their bidding documents.

The new contractor who wants to bid for the project is BF Corp. in a joint venture with Philab Industries Inc.

Philab Industries is said to be owned by former chairman of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Bayani Fernando.

All six contractors have submitted their letter of intent to the Special Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) for the CCMC.

Yesterday, the special BAC conducted a pre-bidding conference.

In attendance

The pre-bidding conference discusses, among other things, the eligibility requirements and the technical and financial components of the contract to bid as provided for under Republic Act 9184, also known as the Government Procurement Reform Act.

The pre-bidding conference was attended by the CCMC ad hoc committee, CCMC chief of operations for administration Atty. Rey Cris Panugaling and representatives of the Department of Health, among others.

After the pre-bidding conference yesterday, Department of Engineering and Public Works Chief Engr. Jose Marie Poblete said the special BAC and the contractors will again meet on June 18.

That’s when the BAC will open the bid documents submitted by the contractors.

Based on the requirements set by the special BAC, prospective bidders or contractors must have completed a single contract of a hospital project in the amount of at least P300 million in the last five years.

They should also be accredited by the Philippine Contractors Association Board (PCAB) and have a PCAB license. They should also have an ISO accreditation.

The contractors must also have a business or a mayor’s permit and they must not have any pending case filed by or against the City in any court or tribunal.