Port authority biddings go on live streaming

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The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has started to live stream all its bidding processes to boost the integrity and transparency of the agency’s procurement process.

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The PPA on Tuesday aired live the bidding for the proposed Abra De Ilog port project that involves the construction of a reinforced concrete pier, construction of a ro-ro ramp and construction of access trestle. The project has a duration of about 360 days or one year.

PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago explained that the measure is aimed at stamping out corruption in small- and big- ticket procurement projects in the state-controlled agency.

“In order to maintain the integrity and credibility of the bidding process, the PPA is going live for every bidding process the agency is conducting,” Santiago stressed.

“The public can simply log on to our website, www.ppa.com.ph and click Biddings Live Streaming to view, specifically the opening of bids, and help us reduce, if not eliminate, irregular acts during the entire process,” he added.

It may be recalled that a year ago, the new PPA administration committed to make the agency transparent and accessible to the public as much as possible in accordance with the new work culture being installed by the Duterte administration.

This year, the total budget capital expenditure of the agency was pegged at P7.42 billion compared to P3.50 billion in 2016 in order to implement several port projects that include the modernization of Mindanao and Visayas ports like Iloilo, Gen. Santos, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga, improvement of all passenger terminal buildings, repair and maintenance projects and the implementation of 14 other projects.

“We believe that involving the public’s eyes during the bidding process is a deterrent to questionable awarding of bids considering the magnitude of the projects,” Santiago added.

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