Chinese firms once banned by World Bank not disqualified for Marawi rehab tender – Roque

The record of China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSEC) and China Geo Engineering Corporation (CGC) of being once blacklisted by World Bank (WB) will not disqualify them in participating in government projects in the Philippines, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in an online live briefing on May 23.

However, Roque said that he will call the attention of Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) on the issue and we will ask for their comments.

The terms of World Bank’s banning of CSEC and CGC were already completed.

CSEC and CGC are both part of Bangon Marawi Consortium (BMC). BMC, with its unsolicited proposal, was selected to facilitate the rebuilding of the 250-hectare most affected area of war-torn Marawi City. The proposal of BMC still needs to undergo Swiss challenge in which other entities may challenge the offer of BMC.

“Under the law that provides for Swiss challenge, the BOT (build-operate-transfer) law, or under the government procurement act, dapat ang mag blacklist ay ang Philippine government for them to be disqualified in participating in any public tender,” he explained.

The Liberal Party said “the people of Marawi already suffered enough. The administration should not aggravate their pain by turning a blind eye on martial law abuses and counting on Chinese contractors with questionable backgrounds to take charge of Marawi City’s rehabilitation.”

“We are concerned about the involvement of two Chinese contractors in conducting rehabilitation work in Marawi, considering that these two Chinese companies — China State Construction Engineering Corporation and China Geo Engineering Corporation — were blacklisted in 2009 by the World Bank due to corrupt practices in the Philippines,” the Liberal Party said.

BMC also includes Anhui Huali Construction Group Co. Ltd., TBEA Co. Ltd, and Shandong Jinyuan Homes Industry Development Co. Ltd both from China; Future Homes Philippines Inc., A Brown Company, Inc., H.S. Pow Construction and Development, and SDW Realty & Development, Inc. from the Philippines.