GOV. Hilario Davide III is in favor of enforcing the Swiss challenge, a system that allows competitors to contest project proposals, in government projects.
A Swiss challenge permits private groups to send project proposals to the government.
Third parties could either agree to or contest the project proposal and make a better one before it will be implemented.
President Rodrigo Duterte said last weekend that he prefers the Swiss challenge system than the public bidding on government projects.
Davide shared President Duterte’s view that the Swiss challenge system might be better since it makes implementation of government projects faster.
“Mas dali pa kon ingon ana (It’s faster that way),” Davide said. He said projects should not necessarily be granted to the lowest bidder and that the quality of implementation that should be considered.
“Kasagaran mahitabo, ubos lagi kaayo pero bati pod og quality maong dali kaayong mangaguba (With our system now, what happens is that the government can save but quality suffers),” Davide said.
But he also believes some projects would still require the bidding process.
“Maayo pod na, that unburdens the BAC nato. But still there are projects that would require bidding but for big-ticket projects tingali common kaayo. We receive unsolicited proposals from private groups and from private businesses,” Davide said. (The BAC refers to the bids and awards committee, which handles procurement.)
“Makapagaan-gaan gyod na sa trabaho sa (That will lighten the load of the) Provincial Government but still for formal supplies, those regularly needed by the Provincial Government, like supplies, vehicles pananglitan (for example), kana I would still go for public bidding,” Davide said.
He hopes the procurement process becomes shorter and allows for better reviews to make it easier for local government units to get the services and goods they need. (John Paul Fajardo, USJ-R Intern)