THE Bids and Awards Committee of the Negros Occidental Provincial Board is set to conduct a bidding on February 18 for security agencies to provide security guards at the different offices and establishments under the Provincial Government.
The result of the bidding will determine if Capitol will change its security agencies.
Capitol security head Vinchito Magalona said there are 200 security guards detailed in various Provincial Government offices all over the province coming from five security agencies.
The bidding comes at the heels of controversies involving the Capitol guards.
Last week, a video of a Capitol guard manhandling a mentally-ill woman went viral on social media.
Last year, reports surfaced that a security agency under contract by Capitol delayed payment of salaries and benefits to its staff, and another was involved in alleged selling of fake security guard licenses.
Magalona said Capitol has emphasized the need for accredited security agencies to require drug tests and neuro-psychological test before they employ security guards to be detailed to the Capitol offices.
The annual budget of the province for the five security agencies serving the Capitol buildings, hospitals, and the Mambukal Resort is P40 million.
The Provincial Government pays the security agency P17,000 per month for each security guard. However, the guard receives only about P11,000 due to administrative charges and other deductions, Magalona said.