A resolution inquiring from the Office of the Mayor the status of the bidding for the privatization of garbage collection and disposal, and the possibility of realigning the unused portion of the budget to the urgent needs and other priority projects of Bacolod City was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Wednesday.
Authored by Councilor Dindo Ramos, the resolution said the city has appropriated P72 million for the privatization of garbage collection and disposal for May to December 2012.
It said the bidding was conducted some time in May but until now, the Bids and Awards Committee has not yet declared who between the participating bidders tendered the lowest calculated bid contrary to the provision of R.A. 9184, which stipulates that the BAC will declare the lowest calculated bid within seven days from its opening.
The resolution said the inaction of the BAC has caused embarrassments and humiliation to the city government as payment of fuel and gasoline expenses cannot be made as this was included in the budget for garbage privatization and disposal.
The P72 million has remained idle in the coffers of the city government and this resulted in the deprivation of the delivery of basic services to its constituents to this huge amount which is quite unconscionable, it said.
Meanwhile, General Services Officer Jerome Solinap, who assumed as BAC chairman recently, said they are still reviewing the transaction and the BAC will eventually act on it based on the recommendation of the Government Procurement Policy Board.
Dynamic Builders and Construction Co. won the bidding for the garbage collection and hauling services last May, but the BAC disqualified the firm during the post-qualification stage.
The BAC decision was based on the GPPB opinion, stating that the business permit of the construction firm does not include hauling services.
After Dynamic Builders was disqualified, the BAC validated the bid documents of Metrowaste Solid Waste Management Corp., the second lowest bidder.
Meanwhile, the SP also approved a resolution declaring September 21, 2012 as International Day of Peace in the City of Bacolod, authored by Councilor Archie Baribar.*CGS