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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, February 26, 2018
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City to pay P16.5-M a month
for hauling, garbage collection

The Bacolod City government has to pay P16.5 million a month to the IPM Construction and Development Corp. if the contract for environmental and sanitary services will finally be awarded to the company that was also the lone bidder, at the opening of bids Friday at the Bacolod Government Center.

Maphilindo Polvora, chairman of the Bids and Awards Committee, said that under the existing contract with the IPMCDC that will expire on March 31, the city is paying the company P15 million a month.

If the contract for the hauling and collection of garbage for April to December will be awarded to IPM, there will be an increase of P1.5 million a month in the amount to be paid the contractor.

The new contract is subject to adjustments because of the increase in the prices of commodities, with the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion, or TRAIN, law as well as the mandated increase in labor and fuel cost, IPMCDC legal counsel Jeffrey Coligado said.

If needed, the IPMCDC will also employ additional personnel, he said.

“On the terms of reference, the minimum requirement for the bid doesn't deter us from employing other people. In fact, in our operation last year, more than the required people were employed by the IPM,” Coligado said.

The IPMCDC entered a bid of P148,388,285.77, Polvora said.

The bid was lower than the P148,500,000 approved budget for the contract.

Coligado said the terms of reference in the new contract and the previous one are almost the same.

After the bidding, Polvora said the technical working group, including some members of the BAC, will conduct a post qualification and whatever the result, they will pass a resolution and recommend it to Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

Once the contract is approved, it will be awarded to the IPMCDC, Polvora said.

He said the post qualification will be done three to four days from the day of the bidding.

The TWG members will personally go to the main office of IPMCDC in Pasig to check the original copies of the documents they submitted, scrutinize, and determine their authenticity, Polvora said.

Aside from the legal aspects, the TWG will also check the actual technical and financial status of IPMCDC.

The BAC conducted a pre-bid conference on February 8, and only the IPMCDC had participated, Polvora added.*SGG


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