Capitol to proceed with bidding, says it’s allowed by law

BIDDING of the Capitol’s P26.221-million consultancy services for a disaster plan will proceed even though One Cebu gubernatorial candidate Winston Garcia threatened to file charges.

This is allowed by the guidelines issued by the Government Procurement Policy Board, said Capitol Public Information Officer Ethel Natera.

“Procuring entities may proceed with the commencement and completion of procurement activities during election period from March 25 to May 8, 2016. However, (the) issuance of notice of award or the release, disbursement and expenditure of public funds shall be prohibited,” according to the General Considerations on Guidelines on the Conduct of Procurement Activities in relation to the May 9, 2016 National and Local Elections.

Earlier, Garcia said the bidding on May 6 will be a waste of people’s money. It’s also prohibited by the Omnibus Election Code during the election period, he said.

A pre-bidding conference was scheduled yesterday and the submission and opening of the technical and financial proposal are scheduled on April 27.

Garcia raised suspicion that somebody is trying to make money out of the transaction.

The amount involved is enough to build a decent evacuation center in a disaster-prone barangay, read Garcia’s press statement.

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