Questionable DPWH Bidding in Bohol

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Director Josefino Rigor is in hot water due to alleged predetermined winning bidders in three projects estimated to cost no less than P83 million.

Bohol Governor Erico Aumentado who used to chair the Regional Development Council (RDC-7) questioned the highways regional director for allegedly predetermining the winning bidders on projects which opening of bidding was supposed to be conducted tomorrow.

The governor said he was informed during the pre-bidding conference that other supposed bidders were advised to bid higher than that of the favored contractors.

There was no mention on the identities of the favored bidder, in his letter addressed to Rigor dated Oct. 2, 2008. However, the governor hopes the report is not true and will not be validated by the result of the bidding since he was given the names of the putative winners.

This is in violation of RA 9184, the Government Procurement Reform Act and RA 3019, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, the governor stressed.

The projects involved are the construction/widening of Jacinto Borja Bridge (P28M), widening of the causeway Dauis-Panglao road (P51M) and the construction/widening of Vano Bridge (P4M).

These three projects to be bidded tomorrow are major support projects to the Panglao Bohol International Airport aimed to avoid traffic gridlock in the area,

The governor likewise questioned Director Rigor for some projects that lack supervision by the regional office during the contractors’ work. Many of these projects suffered undue delays and done substandardly, he said.

The Sagbayan-Carmen and S-Bullones -Jagna road sections have been delayed despite its being inclusion in the Strong Republic Nautical Highway. – The Bohol Chronicle

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