Bidding of DPWH’s projects ‘fixed’- former mayor

October 30, 2019 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY –  A former mayor and a staff of a congressman said that all government projects being bidded by many districts of the Department of Public Works & Highway are “fixed.”

The officials, who speak on condition of anonymity, cited that those projects have been given to the favored contractors of the solon in a district in Pangasinan where the projects are intended.

“Ako ang tirador ni congressman noon. May pre-qualification bid iyan ayon sa R.A 9184. Mahabang proceso. May pass –fail criteria pa iyon documents mo. My post – qualification pa. It’s sad to say all bidding in public works lahat fixed iyon,” the aide of a solon stressed to this writer.

Republic Act 9184 is Modernization, Standardization and Regulation of the Procurement Activities of the Government.

Based on his experiences those projects intended for a district need the imprimatur of a congressman who decides to whom it can be awarded.

“Takot ang D.E. ng DPWH sa congressman,” he said.

D.E. is District Engineer or the top honcho of the DPWH that covers local government units that may include a city and towns or purely towns only.

He said the “S.O.P.” of a congressman in a multi-million pesos’ project is 10% in Pangasinan.

S.O.P. is Standard Operating Procedure, or how the “cut” in a multi-million pesos’ project is divided by government officials.

 A mayor-contractor in the province told this newspaper that S.O.P. varies.

He said in some congressional districts in the province some solons ask as high as 20% cut from the contractor of the project.

“Ang bigayan po namin sa district na pinangalingan ko, pag horizontal gaya ng highway 20% sa opisyal, pag vertical gaya ng DepEd buildings at iba pa 15%.”.

An incumbent mayor was surprised because customarily the bribe for a congressman in his district was  7% only.

“Mataas ang vertical ninyo, dito sa amin 7% lang kasi maliit lang ang kita diyan sa buildings,” the mayor told him.

The source said that a contractor gives 5% to the District Engineer of the DPWH who divides it between his officials and himself.

“Unlike in Mindanao where they give 7% to the D.E, here in Luzon we only give 5%”.

The two losing bidders who participated in the Moro-Moro are given two to three percent of the worth of project to divide between them to placate them for not winning the bid and for conspiring with the “winner” at the expense of the government.

When the source was not given a bid document to competitively tender in a project because employees of the DPWH would not make an Order of Payment for the document, he told them he would bring media men to expose the anomaly.

“After 20 minutes tumawag si congressman. Mayor, ako nagpa pondo ng project na iyan,” the former mayor-contractor told this writer.

“Kung kayo nagpa pondo galing ba iyan sa bulsa ninyo? Sinabi ko, “ he rebuffed the solon.

But the congressman begged him over the telephone to cave in so his favored contractor would get the project.

The ex- mayor said he could win the tender easily in an honest bid to the advantage of the government but the humility of the congressman disarmed him.

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