The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungod unanimously approved the request of Mayor Evelio Leonardia for authority to sign the contract of services between the city government and IPM Construction Development Corporation for the contracted amount of P59.4 million for collection, hauling and disposal of garbage, during its special session yesterday.
The Bids and Awards Committee had submitted its recommendation after determining that IPM Construction had passed the post qualification evaluation on August 23.
IPM-CDC offered a bid of P59,433,425.28 or about P14,858,326.28 per month (clean-up package basis) with a contract period covering September 2 to December 31.
Councilor Claudio Puentevella left the session hall before the SP acted on the request of the Mayor for authority to sign.
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran yesterday said the contract of services of IPM-CDC will be submitted to the SP during its regular session today for ratification.
Councilor Cano Tan said he also voted to grant the mayor authority to sign, with a colatilla that the Department of Public Services be required to submit a monthly monitoring report to the SP on the activities and accomplishments of the contractor.
He said he believes that the contract of service should include solidwaste management as required by the law.
He also suggested that if possible the contractor should present their computation to show the people that the payment of P15 million a month is necessary, justifiable and advantageous to the city.
The city had been paying Dynamic Builders per month more than that under the previous administration.
During the deliberation, Councilor Em Ang inquired about the budget appropriated by the SP for the management of the sanitary landfill, while Councilor Distrito also inquired about the construction of cell number 2 at the landfill site that was included in the contract of services with the previous contractor.
Nelson Sedillo, head of the Department of Public Services, said he does not know about these matters since he was placed on floating status during the previous administration, and was only reinstated as DPS head in July when the new administration came in.
Councilor Dindo Ramos said the city is paying the present contractor, Dynamic Builders P500 per cubic meters for hauling and disposal of garbage plus P297 per cubic meters for the management of the sanitary landfill or a total of P797 per cubic meters.
But since it is not actually performing the management of the sanitary landfill, it should not be paid, he said.
BAC chairman Goldwyn NIfras said that after the contract of services is ratified by the SP, the IPM-CDC will submit its performance bond, and as soon as BAC receives it they can be given a notice to proceed. So when September 2 comes IPM-CDC can already start its services.
Nifras said the management of the sanitary landfill was not included in the contract because of its present condition. It is not being operated as a sanitary landfill where only residual wastes should be deposited.
According to DPS it is operated as an open dumpsite where everything is being dumped there. Because of its condition, there is no reason for the city to spend for its management, he said.
Nifras, however, said the mayor wants to continue to implement the segregation.
Mario Macabidang, IPM Business Development Office head, said they will hire local workers from Bacolod and will apply for a business permit with the city.
He said they will have a monitoring group who will see to it that the streets of the city are clean. They will also provide a hotline number for the public to call them for any problem.
Abraham Genuino, IPM-CDC project director, said the city will handle the sanitary landfill while they will collect, haul and deliver the garbage.
They will help the city in the information, education and communication campaign on segregation and that the residents should also be involved, he said.
Genuino said they will bring in 35 trucks to Bacolod based on the terms of reference and these are all in A-1 condition.
Based on the TOR they should have 117 garbage collectors but if they need more they will hire additional personnel. Their personnel manager is already in Bacolod, he said.
They are also into landfill projects in the cities of Davao, Zamboanga, San Pablo and Guima, Nueva Ecija, he added.
Earlier, Genuino said they have ISO certification and have been in the business for over 30 years. Bacolod City is their first client in the Visayas.
He said their other clients include the cities of Manila, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City, Cagayan de Oro, Taguig, San Pablo, Marikina, Morong, Rizal, Manila International Airport Authority, Manila International Airport Authority, and other commercial and industrial establishments.*CGS
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