Authority for guv questioned by PB

CEBU Provincial Board (PB) Members Raul Bacaltos and Edsel Galeos have opposed the resolutions granting authority to Gov. Hilario Davide III to enter into multi-million-peso projects that are yet to be bidded out.

The two said they cannot vote for the passage of Board Member Jerome Librando’s resolutions because it may violate rules.

“I don’t want to be viewed as an obstructionist in every proposed resolution that authorizes the governor to enter into and sign contracts for projects. But the bottom line is, the BAC (Bids and Awards Committee) resolution must be strictly followed,” said Bacaltos, a lawyer.

Galeos said all projects must be bidded out before the Office of the Governor asks for an authority to enter and sign contracts with construction firms.

PB Members Alex Binghay and Victoria Corominas Toribio also opposed the approval of the resolutions.

“I move to request our budget officer to verify or check if these items are already included or sufficiently described in detail in our annual budget as these transactions no longer require approval from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan as laid out in the Quisumbing vs. Garcia case,” Toribio added.

PB Member Sun Shimura suggested to table the resolutions and discuss these in the next session so the PB can invite officials of the Commission on Audit, Department of Budget and Management, and the Department of Interior and Local Government.

“I think the procedure is quite different than what is being practiced,” he said.

In the past, he said he voted for the passage of resolutions giving authority to Davide to enter and sign contracts since these only involved projects worth P600,000 to P700,000.

Shimura said that Librando’s resolutions involved more than P700 million worth of projects.

Shimura said that before the legislative body approves a contract, the bidding should already be completed and the winning bidder already declared.

“You cannot put a blank contract and have it sworn by a lawyer. There must be the name of the first party, second party and witnesses. That is why we set aside the approval of the resolutions,” he said. (EOB)
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