STATEMENT OF CONCERN BY THE PHILIPPINE RECLAMATION AUTHORITY OVER THE INCIDENTS THAT OCCURRED AT ITS WASTE TRANSFER STATION PROPERTY IN LAS PIÑAS CITY INVOLVING DPWH, LAS PIÑAS POLICE, LAS PIÑAS TMU AND HON. SENATOR CYNTHIA A. VILLAR
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The Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) expresses its serious concerns over the involvement of the Honorable Senator Cynthia A. Villar in connection with the unlawful exercise of administrative authority and police authority by the DPWH Las Piñas District, Las Piñas City Traffic Management Unit (TMU) and certain personnel of the Las Piñas Police Station 4 and a SWAT Team, respectively, in a series of incidents involving PRA titled properties situated in Barangay E. Aldana, Las Piñas City, more commonly known as the ‘Waste Transfer Station’ (WTS) facility.
On April 12, 2018, the DPWH Las Piñas Engineering District and its contractor, ANORE Construction, attempted, without PRA consent and clearance, to position equipment and personnel for road clearing and site preparation in the immediate vicinity of the WTS. Such road clearing activities were to be part of the civil works for the establishment of box culverts on the open canal at the back of the WTS which when completed, will also serve as a secondary road parallel to the CAVITEX. Engineer Bienvenido Ojeda of ANORE stated in his sworn statement as entered in the Blotter of Barangay E. Aldana on April 12, 2018 that their mobilization and attempted entry into the PRA titled property was already cleared with the office of Senator Cynthia Villar. This was in response to the action of the PRA security guards who prevented the intended road clearing works from being implemented in the absence of any clearance from the property owner, PRA.
On April 27, 2018 at around 11:30 am, ANORE accompanied by Las Piñas Station 4 police led by Senior Inspector (SI) Datul and a SWAT team forcibly entered the same PRA titled property. The Las Piñas police confiscated the cell phones of the PRA security guards who were taking pictures and videos of the incident for reporting purposes.
Alerted to the incident, GM Janilo E. Rubiato detoured from a scheduled trip to catch a Davao flight to defuse the situation. He questioned the right of the Las Piñas Police and SWAT team to enter PRA titled property without the proper authorization and to take the cell phones of PRA security personnel. The police returned the cell phones to their owners, but only after deleting all the pictures and videos taken of the incident.
On the same day, at around 4:00 pm after GM Rubiato had already left for the airport, the Honorable Senator Cynthia A. Villar went to the site and ordered the PRA security guards to vacate the area, and put aside the barriers installed by PRA.
On May 3, 2018, DPWH Las Piñas District and its contractor forcibly removed the concrete barriers that PRA re-installed but this time loaded the same barriers onto trucks and carted them away to be taken to the Garbage Segregation Facility of Las Piñas City LGU. The PRA guards reported that the DPWH personnel who took the barriers said “that if PRA wants to recover them, PRA should redeem them from the Office of Senator Villar.” All these acts were done without opposition from PRA guards who were threatened by the presence and security cover provided by the Las Piñas police and SWAT team deployed in the area as well as the presence and directives given by Senator Villar to the PRA guards and the DPWH Las Piñas District and its contractor ANORE during the April 27, 2018 incident.
Lastly, on May 23, 2018, the same Las Piñas police team together with personnel of the Las Piñas City Traffic Management Unit (TMU) forcibly removed PRA’s unserviceable vehicle placed by PRA in the middle of the Waste Transfer Station access road to serve as additional barrier to any illegal intrusions. Again, reports of PRA Security guards on site state that according to the Las Piñas TMU personnel, they were just following instructions from Senator Cynthia Villar.
PRA emphasizes that the rule of law still governs in the Philippines. No one is above the law. As a government instrumentality, it is incumbent upon PRA to protect its assets from any unlawful intrusions. PRA was validly exercising its property rights but was prevailed upon by the DPWH Las Piñas under duress and intimidation coming from the Las Piñas Police, SWAT, Las Piñas TMC and the involvement of Senator Villar.
PRA calls upon the leadership of the Senate, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police to investigate and to impose appropriate sanctions to those found to have committed illegal acts in order to preserve the rule of law in this country.
PRA GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES FOR ENTERING INTO JOINT VENTURE (JV) AGREEMENTS WITH PRIVATE SECTOR ENTITIES
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Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) would like to respond to the issues raised by Mr. Daxim L. Lucas on two articles he wrote regarding the condition of the roads (Biz Buzz 12/29/17, “Pointing Fingers” and 01/03/18, “Not pointing fingers but…”) at the reclamation area in Pasay and Paranaque namely President Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard (PDMB), Asean and Diokno Avenues.
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INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND TO BID
SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF DESKTOP AND LAPTOP COMPUTERS (PBGOODS-17-OOl)
The Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), through its 2017 Corporate Operating Budget, will be accepting bids for the Supply and Delivery of Desktop and Laptop Computers (PBGOODS-17- 001). The Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) is Five Million Two Hundred Seventy Eight Thousand Six Hundred Pesos and 00/100 (Php 5,278,600.00).
The PRA now invites bids from eligible bidders for the purpose of providing seventy six (76) desktops and ten (10) laptops at the principal office of PRA. Delivery of the Goods is required within forty-five (45) calendar days from receipt of Notice to Proceed. Bidders should have completed, within the last three (3) .years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the Contract at hand. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instructions to Bidders. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening.
Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary “pass/fail” criterion as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 9184, otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”.
Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorship, partnerships or organizations with at least sixty percent (60%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines, and to citizens or organizations of a country the laws or regulations of which grant similar rights or privileges to Filipino citizens, pursuant to RA 5183.
Interested bidders may obtain further information from the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) Secretariat and inspect the Bidding Documents at 7th Floor, Legaspi Towers 200, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City from Monday to Friday at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. starting December 22, 2017.
A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders on December 22, 2017 to February 07, 2018, upon payment in cash of non-refundable fee in the amount of Php5,000.00.
It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of PRA, provided that Bidders shall pay the non- refundable fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of their bids.
The PRA will hold a Pre-Bid Conference at 10:00 a.m. on January 24, 2018 at the PRA Conference Room, 6th Floor, Legaspi Towers 200, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, which shall be open to all interested parties.
Bids must be duly received by the BAC Secretariat at 7th Floor Legaspi Towers 200, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City on or before February 07, 2018 at 9:30 AM. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18.
Bid opening shall be on February 07, 2018, 10:00 AM at 6th Floor Legaspi Towers 200, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City. Bids will be opened in the presence of Bidders’ representatives who choose to attend at the said address. Late bids shall not be accepted.
The PRA reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.
For further information, please refer to:
Atty. Karen A. Villamil
Chairperson, Bids and Awards Committee
Philippine Reclamation Authority, 7th Floor, Legaspi Towers 200
107 Paseo de Roxas St„ Legaspi Village, Makati City
Tel. Nos. (02)817-4711 to 13
Facsimile No. (02)815-2662
KAREN A. VILLAMIL