Is Sec. Andaya sure about faster bidding?

Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya, Jr. said the government would shorten the bidding process in government infrastructure projects to deal with the poor absorption capacity of agencies implementing them.

Bidding time will be reduced, from 158 days to only 48 days in the government bid to allow its agencies to catch up with delayed implementation of important infrastructure projects such as roads and school buildings, Andaya told reporters here Friday.

In the Department of Budget Management website, it stated that the procurement process for infrastructure projects under the new system can now be undertaken within 43 calendar days to a maximum period of 70 days for those costing under P50 million.

For contracts costing more than P50 million, the maximum procurement period has been cut to 100 days, much shorter than the previous allowable time of 157 calendar days.

Andaya has chided government agencies that do not deliver on time their projects “because their absorption capacity to carry out those projects would be slow”.

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