The Suppliers and Contractors Association of Negros Inc. filed a complaint against the Provincial Bids and Awards Committee of Negros Occidental chaired by Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado Jr. before the Deputy Ombudsman for Visayas Wednesday.
SCAN, through its vice president Antonio Wong, claimed that the PBAC members violated Republic Act 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act), RA 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act), RA 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees) and the Anti Red Tape Law in the conduct of the bidding for the expansion of the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City.
Salado, who said he was not aware that SCAN had filed a complaint when asked for his reaction by the DAILY STAR, said that as far as he is concerned the PBAC had followed all the rules and had not committed any violations.
In fact, independent observers are present during the biddings, he said.
Wong also asked that the committee members be preventively suspended pending formal investigation to avoid possible tampering of evidence by the PBAC chair and members in connection with the bidding of the 102 expansion work on Dec. 28, 2010 and March 7, 2011.
SCAN charged that the PBAC invited contractors on January 2011 for a bidding that was already consummated a month earlier.
SCAN sought clarification from Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. “whose person and integrity for honesty remained untainted,” Wong said, and “he acted swiftly by ordering a rebidding held March 7.”
Under such suspicious circumstances, SCAN said it believes that the Dec. 28, 2010 bidding was deliberately concealed to give the P102 million project on a silver platter to a chosen contractor, the complaint said.
The first bidding was won by Dynamic Builders.
Wong said they are also questioning the procedure for the rebidding on March 7, also won by Dynamic Builders.
We are also complaining about the conduct of the bidding for the construction of the P19 million Provincial Blood Bank Center, he added.*CPG