Zambo opens projects for bid to out-of-town contractors PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 16:31

The city government has opened the bidding of projects in the city to out-of-town contractors following the alleged boycott by local contractors in Zamboanga.
City Engineer Luis Despalo said that his office has been tasked to implement projects with a minimum total of P100 million per month considering the bulk of projects already approved for implementation.

Despalo noted that local contractors have been “shying away from bidding for projects in Zamboanga” resulting in failure of bidding for certain projects.
Councilor Rommel Again also reported that there were 11 failed bidding for projects last month, and that most of the failure was due to the withdrawal of bids by local contractors during the bidding process.

Because of this, the city government has opened up projects to out-of-town contractors.
Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) chairman Mario Arriola said the projects for bidding are actually posted in the Internet where out-of-town contractors can submit bids.

Two projects, the construction of a 100-stall partition for a public market and a convention center at the Paseo the Mar worth a total of P64 million, are now being undertaken by a contractor from Iligan City.

Arriola added that another Iligan City-based contractor is the sole bidder for the P21-million repair of the P62-million defective City Council building near the grandstand.

Mayor Celso Lobregat has discounted stories that some local contractors allied with a political opponent are willfully boycotting projects because they don’t want the city government to spend for these projects now and the projects credited to him as incumbent mayor.

The mayor said that local contractors are also restrained from bidding for more local projects because some of them have exceeded the limit for the number of projects they can handle at one time.

Another reason for the alleged “boycott” by contractor is that these contractors cannot undertake projects beyond their rated capabilities, as most of them are rated only to undertake projects not more than P50 million each.

Lobregat added that some contractors have been “disqualified from bidding” for local projects because of “negative performance” in undertaking projects in Zamboanga.

On the other hand, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BID) said that the non-implementation of government infrastructure programs in the different local government units (LGUs) in some part of the region, including Zamboanga City, has affected the revenue collection efforts of the agency

Revenue District Officer Merlyn Vicente said that her revenue district office has posted a negative 4.95 percent for the first two months of the 3rd quarter of the year.

She said that the non-implementation of government projects has greatly affected the revenue collections of the agency because of the non-payment and remittances of withholding taxes of the different local government units in the country.

“The shortfall of negative 4.95 percent for this year is better than the 2010 negative 7.33 percent shortfall. But, we are not taking this shortfall for granted or lightly as our office has intensified and continuously conducting verification operations on all business establishments and corporations in this city and we are also calling on all non-compliant taxpayers to please pay their correct taxes to the government,” she said.