Cotabato City – DPWH-ARMM conducted a signing of contracts for the procurement of several civil works to be implemented in different provinces of the autonomous region on March 23, 2016 at the Office of the Regional Governor in Cotabato City.

The several infrastructure projects signed were a part of a series of procurement activities conducted by the public works department, which began earlier this year. The aim was to proceed with the procurement process simultaneously in order to accommodate and award as many infra projects as possible before the impending election ban on March this year.

ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman and DPWH-ARMM Secretary Don Mustapha A. Loong recognize that as the election period goes full swing, the awarding of contracts for civil works will be temporarily halted. As such, there is urgency to award these projects beforehand so as not to cease the implementation of progress and reform in the region.

The civil works included eight (8) contracts awarded to its respective winning contractors. For the proposed improvement of Lamitan Water Supply Systems (Phase 1A-1, Phase 1A-2, and Phase 1A-3), th winning contractor is ASAP General Trading Construction and Maintenance. To note, the approved budget for the contract (ABC) for Phase 1A-1 is PhP 14,550,000.00, and for the clustered projects of Phase 1A-2 and Phase 1A-3 is PhP 33,950,000.00. These infra projects fall under the CY 2014 and CY 2015 funds, respectively.

Another civil work for the province of Basilan was the concreting from Lamitan Highway – Maloong San Jose – Maloong Canal Road in Lamitan City. With an ABC of PhP 34,920,000.00, the contract was awarded to HEXAMINDZ Corporation.

For Maguindanao province, two contracts were awarded to different contractors. The first project, which was awarded to RC Tagala Construction was for the concreting of Tavira-Ganta road in Kabuntalan Maguindanao. It has an ABC of PHP 116,400,000. The second project was for the concreting of roads: National Highway-Sapalan in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. With an ABC of PHP 46,560,000, the said contract was awarded to FFJJ Construction.

Finally, three contracts were awarded under PAMAN projects. These three are the following: 1.) Cluster III (Tawi-Tawi): Solar Drier with Platforms (12 Units) and Potable Water System (Deep Well, 1 Unit) this has an ABC of PHP 6,886,991.15; 2.) A Re-Bid Procurement on Cluster I (Sulu 1st DEO): Ware House (20 Units) and Potable Water System (2 Units) which has an ABC of PHP 16,004,997.20; and 3.) A Re-Bid Procurement for Cluster II (Sulu 2nd DEO): Ware House (6 Units), with an ABC of PHP 4,655,999.60. These three PAMANA projects were all awarded to KHADEEM Construction.

All in all, the total ABC for all the infrastructure projects are PHP 273,927,987.95. On the other hand, the total bid amount from all the winning contractor is PHP 271,876,029.68. Thus, the department was able to gather a total saving of PHP 2,051,958.27 for the eight (8) contracts awarded. These are all in parallel with the marching mantra on transparency and accountability for results of the Hataman Administration.

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