September 26 - October 09, 2005
THE ILOCOS TIMES - NEWS

To save money
LC to adopt Valenzuela City’s project scheme

With the lack of funding plaguing the government, Laoag City Mayor Michael V. Fariñas said he sees the adoption of Valenzuela City’s project by the administration scheme as a way of solving the financial problem.

According to Fariñas, this scheme saved millions of pesos for Valenzuela in terms of project implementation.

With this scheme, Fariñas said the city government will be shouldering all the projects of Laoag, including infrastructure, instead of bidding it out to contractors.

Dakkel iti maitulong daytoy no la ketdi maipalubos ta isu pay a mainayon a mailatang para proyektos no adda man ma-save (This would be a great help if allowed for whatever that may be saved would be used for other projects),” Fariñas said.

As a result of this, Fariñas has instructed the members of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) to study further if the Valenzuela City scheme can be fully adopted by the Laoag City government.

Reacting to this, engineer Alfred Agpaoa, assistant city engineer and also a member of the BAC, appreciated the mayor’s move saying he believes this would be one way of saving the city government’s finances.

Agpaoa added that the Valenzuela City scheme had been concurred with and approved by the Commission on Audit (COA).

He added that under the scheme, the city government would execute the implementation of prospective projects and which would be considered as a direct contract by the city government.

The availability of heavy equipments owned by the city government would translate to big savings if they would be used without rent.

Under the said scheme, the city government would also be able to generate employment since they would be hiring laborers for the projects and with their salaries to be sourced from the cost of the project.

Agpaoa further stated that the city government could adopt the said scheme based from Republic Act 9184, or the Procurement Act of 2000. However it would still need to conform to the COA office based in the city as well as other agencies concerned for them to properly implement the said scheme without any violation.

The said scheme would also lessen the workload of the BAC since only the materials needed for the projects would be up for bidding.

Dominic B. dela Cruz

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