Duterte eyes ‘swiss challenge’ for infrastructure projects

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President Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing to implement swiss challenge in procurement of infrastructure projects instead of public bidding.

“So henceforth, all projects of the Philippines would be something like a Swiss challenge. If I want building, if I want a highway, if I want railroads built, ipakita ko sa inyo, there would be an open space for everybody,” President Duterte said on January 27.

“If you do it correctly at walang corruption, I will pay you. I will tell… in 15 days bayad ka. Bayaran kita. Gusto mo ito? You build it for me in accordance of what is required by government. Sundin mo lang ‘yan. If you complete your project – ‘pag sirain mo ‘yung project mo and you come up with an inferior quality on… Well, anyway, it should be always at government’s supervisory function,” he explained.

He said he tell Commission on Audit: “huwag na tayong mag-bidding. P** – ‘pag mag-bidding ganun rin. Mas lalo ng matagal.”

“So if COA wants it, they can always look for somebody who can do it. Wala ng – ‘yung negotiated contract,” he said.

“I’m telling Congress, COA, and the Supreme Court including, ‘yang lowest bid na ‘yan, ‘yang policy ng lowest bid, ‘yan ang naghila sa atin sa corruption,” he added.

Senator Grace Poe welcomed the “initiative, expertise and participation of the private sector in submitting unsolicited proposals for big ticket items.”

“On this however, I hope the government would observe a fair and reasonable swiss challenge procedure to get the best offer from other qualified contractors and eliminate the very same problem of collusion that has become commonplace in publicly bidded projects that the President seeks to eliminate,” she added.

Sources: https://pcoo.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/20180127-SPEECH-AND-PRESS-CONFERENCE-OF-PRESIDENT-RODRIGO-ROA-DUTERTE-UPON-HIS-ARRIVAL-FROM-INDIA.pdf; http://senate.gov.ph/press_release/2018/0129_poe1.asp