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Province eyes re-bidding of Capitol transfer

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The proposed transfer of the new Provincial Administration Center at the provincial government property in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, may not be as soon as expected.

This is because the Government Procurement Policy Board wants a re-bidding of the project, which had been awarded already by the provincial government for construction to the winning contractor, Dynamic Builders and Construction Corporation, because it will not be constructed in the original site.

The almost P1-billion new PAC will be built on a 25-hectare property owned by the province along the Bacolod Silay Airport Access Road in Talisay based on the capitol plans.

Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said that the winning contractor already received 15 percent advance payment for its mobilization fund.

Prior to its proposed transfer, the new PAC was to be constructed at its original site at the North Capitol Road in Bacolod City.

If the contractor agrees on the re-bidding of the project and return the advance payment, Diaz said the transfer of new PAC building to Talisay City will push through. If not, the Capitol has no choice but to stick to its contract of to build the new PAC on its original site, he added.

He added that Dynamic Builders may still participate in the re-bidding with a new structural design, with the same budget, based on the loan agreement of the provincial government with Land Bank of the Philippines.

The proposed new site for PAC is very ideal for the establishment of a new growth center, according to Diaz, citing its proximity to the Bacolod-Silay Airport.

He said that the transfer of Capitol to Talisay City remains one of the flagship programs under the administration of Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson.*

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