THE regional Deparment of Education in Bicol region will repair and rehabilitate at least 115 school buildings in various sites within the region. Jose Bonto, chairman of the DepEd-Bicol’s Bids and Awards Committee, said that 8.5-million school building repair and rehabilitation projects will be funded under the 2013 Basic Educational Facilities Fund. Submission and opening of bids are scheduled October 7 at about 9:30 a.m., while the issuance of bidding documents is ongoing up to October 7. Bonto shared that a pre-bid conference was held last September 24. Bonto strongly encouraged prospective bidders to order or download the electronic copy of bidding documents from the Philgeps website: www.philgeps.net, for them to be included in the Document Request List of the project. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders’ representatives who will attend the opening of bids at the Deped-5, he said, adding that late bids will not be accepted. Winning bidders should finish each division cluster of projects in 60 calendar days.