Councilor questions junking of firm’s appeal

CEBU City Councilor Joel Garganera yesterday questioned the decision of Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña to disapprove the appeal of Jomara Konstruct Corp. to join the bidding for the City Government’s gargbage disposal services.

Jomara was disqualified by the City to join the bidding due to lack of documents.

The councilor believes that Jomara could place a bid lower than that of Pasajero Motors Corp. (Pamocor).

Pamocor was the lone bidder during the May 16 bidding. They submitted a bid price of P1,333 for every ton of garbage that they will dispose.

“The mayor is no longer talking about the lowest bid and there’s a lot of drama going on there. Going through the mayor’s pronouncement, he said that he will go for the lowest bidder and for the safety of the drivers. The mayor is so flimsy nowadays,” Garganera told reporters.

But since the bids and awards committee already awarded the P40-million garbage disposal contract to Pamocor, Garganera said he has no problem with it as long as they will clean the city.

Osmeña denied the appeal of Jomara, saying that the service provider needs to produce a tax clearance from the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

Jomara failed to submit the requirement.

Before denying Jomara’s appeal, though, Osmeña said he consulted the Commission on Audit about it and was told that the tax clearance is an “essential” requirement.
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