NEDA reviews bids for Ilocos irrigation proj

MANILA, Philippines – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) expects to award the contract to conduct a study on developing an irrigation project in Ilocos Norte by end-June.

The NEDA Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) recently concluded the evaluation of three bid proposals on the Ilocos Norte Irrigation Project Stage 2 (INIP-2).

“We recently concluded the opening of financials of the bids and they are now up for post-qaulification,” a member of the committee said.

From six firms that were shortlisted for the project, the NEDA-BAC received only three proposals for INIP-2 last April 27.

After the post-qualification, a winning bidder would be endorsed to procuring entity, hopefully by end-June, according to a member of the committee.

The state planning agency would award the firm P37.12 million for the contract to finish the study in 10 months after the notice to proceed.

The undertaking is aimed to update the feasibility study of the INIP-2 conducted in 1980.

INIP-2 is in support of the goal of improving food security and increasing rural income under the 2011-2016 Updated Philippine Development Plan (PDP) and the Department of Agriculture’s Food Staples Self-Sufficiency Program (FSSP).

The study may also pave way for the development of a hydropower project in the Ilocos province that could provide additional capacity in the Luzon power grid.

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