• DepEd opens tenders for P8-B projects

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    THE Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Wednesday that it will open its financial bids for the second phase of the public-private partnership for the School Infrastructure Project (PSIP II) next week.

    “Hopefully by next week we expect to open the financial component. Hindi na dapat lumampas ito next week,” Tonisito Umali, DepEd assistant secretary for legal and legislative affairs said.

    Umali said DepEd’s technical working group, which is composed of engineers, has already conducted the inspection of the mock-up sites.

    “We’ve started the inspection on Monday,” he added.

    Umali, however, said the Bids and Awards Committee panel still has to asked questions from the technical working group.

    The Deped official earlier said that they have already completed the bidding for the school building project, with a cost of about P8.81 billion.

    Umali said only three consortia have participated for four of the five packages for PSIP II. They are Megawide Construction, BF Corp. of former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chief Bayani Fernando, and BSP-LAO.

    The PSIP II involves the design and construction of 10,680 classrooms, including school furniture and comfort rooms, in 5,033 public schools in 14 regions nationwide in line with the government’s efforts to address classroom backlogs in the country.

    Umali said the PSIP II will be implemented through a turnkey arrangement with the private sector using a turnkey or “Build-Transfer” modality in accordance with Republic Act 7718 or the Revised Build-Operate-Transfer Law. This means that DepEd will issue a one-time payment to the winning bidder after the classrooms have been built.

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