Multi-million infra projects up for implementation in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 March 2013 11:26

Officials on Thursday awarded three multi-million infrastructure projects, including three bridges, in Basilan to private contractors following a public bidding process made open, for the first time ever, to print and broadcast journalists and representatives of different civil society organizations.

The contracts were signed by Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Mujiv Hataman and Emil Sadain, the ARMM’s public works department, and a representative from each of the three contractors in Cotabato City.

The contracts covered the P22.3 million upgrading of a portion of a highway connecting Lamitan City to Tuburan; the P54.9 million concreting of a municipal road linking the Sumisip Junction to Barangay Buli-Buli in Sumisip town; and the P91.1 million construction of  the Bacung, Limbo Candis and Giong bridges to interconnect several barangays in the same municipality.

The upgrading works in a portion of the Lamitan-Tuburan highway was awarded to the Basilan C&J Construction. The road project in Sumisip was awarded as a joint venture to the BSP Company and the M. Abubakar Construction and Engineering.

The bidding for the construction of the three bridges, on the other hand, was won by ESR Construction and Supplies, which the ARMM contracted to implement the project.

The Office of the Regional Governor, touted as the ARMM’s “little Malacañang,” has been allowing members of the media communities in the autonomous region and officials of different non-government organizations to participate as “observers” in procurement processes being initiated by the Hataman administration.