MCIAA projects stalled by BAC resignations

THE bids and awards committee (BAC) of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) is at an impasse over a P30.7-million project after three of its members resigned.

Gina Cane of the MCIAA's General Services Division, Delia Pasencia of the Accounting Division and Aquiles Ponce of the Department of Engineering reportedly resigned last week after businessman Crisologo Saavedra accused Alvaro Deramas of the MCIAA Property Division of failing to canvass prices for three refueler trucks.

This violates Republic Act (RA) 9184, or the Government Procurement Reform Act, he said in his complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas.

Overpriced trucks

Saavedra said the approved budget cost for the purchase is P30.9 million, or P10.3 million for each truck.

The BAC conducted a bidding last Jan. 15 and the lone bidder offered P10.250 million for each truck, or two refurbished prime movers and a refurbished tank.

Saavedra said a refurbished Izuzu prime mover with new stainless tank manufactured in the Philippines and with the same specifications required by MCIAA costs only P5 million. A new unit costs P7 million.

Saavedra said if the refurbished prime mover is paired with a refurbished tank, it only costs P3.5 million.

"With 200-percent overpricing, the lone bidder will profit about more than P20 million for the P30.750 million contract," Saavedra said.

With the resignations of Cane, Pasencia and Ponce, seven MCIAA projects, including the purchase of the refueler trucks and construction of the P200-million operations building will be delayed due to the suspension of bidding activities.

When sought to comment, MCIAA General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete said he will submit the resignations to the MCIAA Board in their next board meeting this month.

"It's up to the (MCIAA) board to reconstitute since it is the hope under RA 9184. Of course, the bidding will be delayed, but we can't do anything about that because we have to follow the law, rules and regulations," he said.

He said he won't violate the law nor will he advise the board to violate the law.

"It's unfortunate that two of the BAC members (Cane and Pasencia) resigned because they believed they were being harassed. Ponce also resigned as he sympathized (with) the two. We will do what we can do," Villarete said.

Source: Sun Star

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