CEBU

Casas: CFI can get back fee

THE Cebu CFI Community Cooperative can get back the P50,000 in cash that it gave to the Cebu City Government when it attempted to join the Swiss challenge for the redevelopment of the Carbon Public Market.

City Administrator Floro Casas Jr., who also sits as chairman of the Joint Venture Selection Committee (JVSC), said the City has no bases to hold the amount given by the CFI.

The City Treasurer Office, he said, was forced to receive the amount.

“As far as I know, they have not taken it back. But if they will get it back, anytime, they can claim it,”

Casas told reporters in an interview on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.

“We just received it kay ila man gyod ipugos og padawat namo (because they forced us to receive it),” Casas added.

The P50,000 in cash was supposedly the challenge fee for the CFI to enter into a Swiss challenge.

The CFI has threatened to file a complaint against the JVSC members over the procedural issue.

The legal threat came two days after the Cebu City Government and the Megawide Construction Corp. sealed the deal for the redevelopment of Carbon. The memorandum of agreement between the City and Megawide was signed last Jan. 11.

In previous reports, Casas said CFI only sent communications to the City and gave P50,000 as a challenge fee. But the cooperative failed to comply with other requirements.

Upon the acceptance of the P50,000, Casas said it was indicated in the receipt that CFI still has to comply with the other requirements such as the notarized Expression of Interest (EOI).

Casas said an existing rule states that a comparative proposal should be submitted within 10 days, which CFI failed to comply.

Based on the Invitation to Apply for Eligibility and to Submit a Proposal that was published in one local and one national newspaper from Sept. 29 to Oct. 6, 2020, aside from obtaining the Formal Instructions to Interested Private Sector Participants (IIPSP), the participant must submit a notarized written EOI stating its interest to submit a comparative proposal on or before Oct. 16, which CFI failed to comply, according to Casas.

The notarized EOI must also contain a statement that the participant has done a similar project; has a credit line of at least P3.5 billion; and has been able to obtain the IIPSP by paying P50,000 within five days from receipt of the notice of eligibility to proceed to competitive challenge.

As to the plan of CFI to file a complaint against JVSC members, Casas said they are prepared to answer it.

“I don’t know what’s the basis in filing the complaint. But on our end at JVSC, we welcome that filing (of complaint). So, at least, we can explain the correct process of the Joint Venture Selection Committee in awarding the Carbon Public Market development to Megawide,” said Casas. (JJL)


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