Council approves P456M projects

THE Bacolod City Council approved the request of Mayor Evelio Leonardia to have the authority to sign the contract of agreement with three winning bidders of the City Government’s priority projects.

Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said on Thursday, March 14, the Council approved the request of Leonardia for authority to sign the P44,949,942.25 contract agreement between the City and the Supreme ABF Construction and Construction Supply Company Inc. for the widening of Gonzaga St., and extension project that includes a bridge, drainage and flood mitigation in Barangay 28.

The Council also approved the mayor’s request to sign the P61,301,441.94 contract of agreement between the City and Wilkinson Construction for the rehabilitation of Mansilingan-Felisa Road in Barangays Mansilingan and Felisa, as well as the mayor’s request to sign the P349,988,679.47 contract of agreement between the City and ESJ and Sons Construction and Construction Supply Inc. for the Bacolod City College site development and facilities project (design and build scheme).

The request, which was approved during Wednesday’s regular session, was supported by 10 votes cast by Councilors Caesar Distrito, Dindo Ramos, Cindy Rojas, Em Ang, Renecito Novero, Bartolome Orola, Elmer Sy, Ann Marie Palermo, Lady Gles Gonzales and Ayesha Joy Villaflor.

Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. voted against it while Councilors Sonya Verdeflor and Claudio Puentevella were out of the session hall, and Councilor Ricardo Tan was on leave.

Familiaran said these projects will be financed through the City’s loan of P1.7 billion from the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).

The Bids and Awards Committee earlier held the bidding process for the implementation of the three of its four priority projects funded by the DBP loan: site development of Progreso Village Relocation Site worth P350 million, Bacolod City College site development and facilities worth P350 million and construction of roads and bridges worth P200 million.

There is no schedule yet for the bidding of the fourth project, the Bacolod MassKara Coliseum, which was earlier criticized by Sen. Grace Poe, who said that Bacolodnons need a hospital more than an arena.


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