Parañaque saves over P14M in new garbage hauling contract


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Latest News Philippines: Parañaque saves over P14M in new garbage hauling contract – Journal.com.ph:

THE City of Para-ñaque will save more than P14 million in the last quarter of the year with the awarding of a three-month contract for garbage hauling services to Leonel Waste Management Corporation, officials said.

The city government issued a Notice to Proceed yesterday to Leonel after it submitted a P91.56-million bid to provide garbage collection and hauling services covering the city’s two districts from October to December this year, or P30.52 million per month. The Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) was P101,805,500.

“This contract is clearly most advantageous to Parañaque City considering that the garbage hauling contract under the previous administration cost a little more than P35 million monthly, which means we would be saving more than P14 million in the contract awarded to Leonel Waste Management Corporation,” according to City Administrator Fernando Soriano who also chairs the Bids and Awards Committee.

More than the savings, however, Soriano said the awarding of the contract ensures that there will be no repeat of the garbage pileup which infuriated the people of Parañaque shortly after Mayor Edwin Olivarez took office last June 30.

The new mayor found out that the garbage hauling contract for the city was only up to June 30 this year, and that the previous contractor had stopped collecting garbage two weeks earlier, resulting to heaps of uncollected trash in the city and forcing the new administration to enter into emergency, piecemeal contracts.

Leonel Waste Management Corporation was the only bidder able to submit its proposal before the Sept. 4 deadline out of the three prospective bidders that bought and secured bidding documents. The bid was opened last Sept. 24 and underwent rigorous post-qualification before the contract was awarded.

The BAC earlier debunked the claims of some quarters that there was no public notice and transparency in the bidding.

Soriano said there was an orchestrated effort by unscrupulous individuals to misinform the public and the media of the facts surrounding the public competitive bidding which he maintained followed to the letter the pertinent provisions of RA 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.

“It is clear that there are unseen hands who wish to discredit the BAC by peddling outright lies and innuendos about the bidding to the public,” the BAC chairman said.

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