KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH THE PEOPLE. Engr. Ronnie Vic Lagnada, President and Chief Executive Officer of Equi-Parco Construction Company, comes down the stage to shake hands and join some 3,000 barangay supporters during the September 29, 2015 Assembly of Butuan City Barangay Chairmen and Officials at Big Daddy’s Convention Center, Butuan City. Lagnada is running for Mayor of Butuan City in the 2016 elections. photo by pat Samonte
BUTUAN City--Equi-Parco Construction Company, owned by Engr. Ronnie Vic Lagnada, in joint venture with Hebei Road and Bridge Group Co. Ltd., won the contract to build the 123.5-kilometer Surigao-Davao-Surigao (Lipata)-Agusan del Norte road funded by the Japanese government.
As reported by Inquirer Mindanao correspondent Germelino Lacarte, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Assistant Secretary Gilberto Reyes said Equi-Parco and Hebei Road won because “all other bidders failed to submit requirements and were disqualified from the bidding.”
Reyes refuted reports of alleged irregularities in the contract saying the DPWH Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) “strictly followed” guidelines of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for loan projects under the official development assistance.
Reyes, who sits as BAC chair, said JICA, in a letter to DPWH dated April 16, 2015, concurred with the results of the bid evaluation.
JICA also expressed last September 21 its concurrence with the contract between DPWH and the winning bidder, Equi-Parco and Hebei Road, and described the reports of irregularities as “baseless and incorrect.”
According to Reyes, the approved budget for the contract was not P2.5 billion, but P3.4 billion, an adjustment from the original budget of P3.5 billion.
The winning bidder offered a bid price of P3.3 billion or 2.95 percent below the corrected approved budget, not 20 percent higher as alleged, he said.
Reyes noted that the deficiencies of the pre-disqualified bidders were not minor but were substantial.
Referring to bidders China Wuyi Co., Ltd.and Wijaya Karya (Perseto) Tbk., Reyes said “There were clear grounds for disqualification based on JICA guidelines.”
Wuyi and Wijaya failed to submit the required documents, and jacked up their construction experience for road projects of at least 35 kilometers long.
The disqualified bidders also lacked experience in two projects similar to the proposed road with a cost of at least P1.2 billion each.
The DPWH assistant secretary insisted there was no irregularity in the bidding process as claimed by those spreading the reports of wrongdoing involving the JICA project.
As reported, moves to derail the project through false information have been traced to a Butuan City councilor, a contractor himself, who, because of a derogatory record with the DPWH, has been suspended and barred from participating in any of its projects.
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