PB allows Davide to hire engineering firm at P57M

THE Cebu Provincial Board (PB) approved the resolution authorizing Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III to hire A.S. Enriquez Engineering Consultancy for P57 million to conduct a feasibility study; do a detailed architectural and engineering design; and supervise the construction of a P775-million building project.

Apollo Enriquez represents the consultancy firm.

In yesterday’s regular session, PB Members Edsel Galeos, who is an engineer, and Raul Bacaltos, who is a lawyer, found their concerns all incorporated in the contract. Their corresponding markings on provisions they are concerned about will be signed.

Galeos, who has been a contractor for 27 years, said payment will only be made for accomplished phases of the contract.

The proposed Capitol tower, which will take the place of the condemned Baex building, will have 1,792 square meters per floor.

Multiplied by 12 floors, that means the building will have a total floor area of 21,504 sq.m.


The Capitol expects to spend P36,000 to build each square meter, which is how officials arrived at P774.144 million for the 12-storey building.

“They also addressed the payment concerns,” said Galeos. “Milestone payments” will be provided for in the contract, and not monthly payments.

Ang payment sa consultant, by milestone, meaning, three man na ka-scope, unsa may ma-submit nila mao ray bayaran, and no advance payment (The consultant’s payments will be released based on milestones reached),” said Galeos.

“If it’s not viable, if it’s not feasible, naturally we wouldn’t be able to proceed to Phases 2 or 3,” said Bacaltos, and in that case, the Province would have to pay only for Phase 1.


Also incorporated in the contract are documents presented separately from it.

“If possible, we will integrate these with the corresponding marking as part of the contract,” said Galeos. These were modifications that legislators earlier suggested.

Mahimo man gud ang mga pages didto ilisdan, so kinahanglan markahan gyud nato as integral part na sa main contract (The pages may be altered, so we need to mark these as integral parts of the main contract),” said Bacaltos.

These supporting documents that are used as references for a particular provision will be attached to the main contract, and should be signed by both parties.

The contract includes general conditions, special conditions and the terms of reference.

The project was introduced to the PB last Aug. 1, 2016 but was repeatedly deferred as legislators wanted to know and study the contract’s details.

Governor Davide, in an earlier interview, said the project will be a public-private partnership deal.
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