Governor Hilario P. Davide III urged critics to be present at the bidding procedure conducted by the provincial government over its projects and procurements as a way to demonstrate his administration’s transparency agenda.
Davide dispelled allegation of indiscretion against the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) after a reporter raised the reported letter of one Crisologo Saavedra, a known anti-graft crusader, complaining over the P57 million consultancy contract awarded to A.S. Enriquez Engineering Consultancy.
“I still maintain na walay nabuhat na binuang ang BAC, sakto ang procedures,” Davide said.
Davide raised speculations over the basis of Saavedra’s complaint.
“I don’t know where Mr. Saavedra got his story, siguro katong kunuhay nga suwat ni Ralota ug Salimbangon,” he added.
Last September 24, a local newspaper published a story where Architect Michael Ralota expressed concern against the track record of A. S. Enriquez.
Three days after, the same newspaper produced another story of similar apprehension allegedly coming from 4th District Congressman Benhur Salimbangon.
In an interview on Wednesday, Davide told reporters that Architect Michael Ralota and Congressman Benhur Salimbangon called him up last week. Both denied any hand on the purported complaint letter.
“Naa siguroy gustong mo sabotahe nato dinhi. Duna tay maayong buhaton para sa probinsya, dunay mo hudlat-hudlat na nag binuang ang BAC, wala nagbinuang ang BAC,” he said.
The BAC members appeared before the Provincial Board (PB) several times to clarify the proposed consultancy and they were able to satisfy the members of the legislative body, pointed out Davide.
Two weeks ago, PB approved the resolution authorizing Davide to enter into a consultancy contract with A.S. Enriquez.
The consultancy firm is tasked to handle the detailed agricultural and engineering design, feasibility study and supervision for the construction of a 12-story building inside the Capitol compound. ( Kelvin Canizares)