Tagum’s new City Hall can be completed by remaining P200 M loan by Sept 2015 through turnkey project

may 7, 2014

Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon said Monday that the estimated remaining P200 budget from the last bank loan that was left by the previous administration is sufficient to complete the new City Hall by September next year through turnkey project.  
 
He said that to assure completion he decided to contract the remaining construction phase as turnkey project.
 
Turnkey is a type of project that is constructed by a developer and turned over to the city government in a ready-to-use condition.
 
There is the delay in the resumption of construction activities for the almost P1-billion building as the Commission on Audit had first made audits and inventory of materials when Rellon assumed office last July 2013.
 
The finding on the sufficiency of the remaining amount of the last bank loan secured and partially used by the previous administration of former Mayor Rey Uy was made last week of April by the Advisory Committee that Rellon created.
 
The committee pegged the amount needed to complete the building at P130 million plus P10 million for the interior facilities.
 
The committee is composed of Vice Mayor Geterito “Boyet” Gementiza, Councilor Agripino “Jun” Coquilla Jr, City Engineer Roosevelt Corporal, and as observer members the representatives from the private sector, Development Bank of the Philippines and COA, the mayor said.
 
He said that the last bank loan was P231 million, which was started to be used but it was caught up by the election ban of the May 2013 election.
 
He said that about P22 million of it was already withdrawn intended “for mobilization”, an amount that is still being questioned by his legal office.
 
“Pwedeng file lan ug kaso nang P22 million para mabawi (A case can be filed to have that P22 million returned),” he said, lumping the matter to COA’s earlier audit memorandum advice on the some questionable expenditure items such as the prohibitive consultancy fee of a non-Filipino design consultant.
 
The mayor further said that he heard from previous implementing project officials that “there are still payables to be made” but he said he had not “seen purchase orders for it”.
 
“No case has yet been filed to the Ombudsman. Technically, it’s the COA which should file but I’ll not focus on that, I’ll focus on the completion, to be proactive,” he told reporters in a press conference Monday afternoon in his office after his birthday celebration at a school during lunchtime.
 
Last June P110 million of the P231 million was released by the DBP to the city treasury.
 
With the release of the almost half of the last loan, the mayor bared he has been signing three vouchers for the loan amortizations, “one is worth P16 million, the two worth P2 million each”, for the three separate bank loans made by the previous administration to build the colossal building located at Barangay Apokon.
 
Under the Rellon administration, the bidding for construction works for the completion of the new city hall was made only last February and the pre-engineering plans would be completed by last week of this May.
 
The mayor complained over the alleged dilatory moves of those project engineers and architect associated with the previous administration that he said he has weathered through creation of task forces.
 
He reckoned that completion works would wind up by September next year. 
 
“At, say P200 million, maka furniture pa seguro ko ana (maybe I can still purchase furniture),” the mayor said.
 
In separate interview, Vice Mayor Gementiza said that a fully completed new city hall would still take a total expenditure of “P211 million” for it to have an elevator, generator, CCTV and a complete dirty kitchen facility for the city employees.
 
The uncompleted new City Hall had become one of the leading issues in the last May 2013 election where Rellon, then third-termer vice mayor, won by a big margin over the second-termer former Councilor De Carlo “Oyo” Uy, son of former mayor who did not run for different post when faced with term limit in that polls. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)
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