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SMA Builder replies to PCIJ

THE general manager of SMA Builder, one of the firms awarded with a road project in Marawi, this Monday confirmed to PCIJ that she is related to the Macarambons but clarified that the political family in Lanao del Sur had nothing to do with the contracts that had been awarded to her company.In a letter […]

Project Bangon Marawi, Year 1

Price check: Hygiene kit items cost
more than DTI, retail chain rates

THE top three suppliers of the billion-peso food, hygiene, and various other kits for the displaced residents of the Islamic City of Marawi supposedly offered “the lowest and most responsive bids” but a price check with the Trade department and retail grocery chains show otherwise.Instead of diving down, the price quotations that these suppliers submitted […]

Project Bangon Marawi, Year 1

DSWD-Region 12 blows a billion pesos
on food packs, various kits for Marawi

NEARLY EVERY month in the last half of 2017, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office in Region XII (Central Mindanao) went on a shopping binge and ended up splurging over a billion pesos. It spent the sum — courtesy of taxpayers — on mongo beans, dried fish, canned fruits, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, […]

Project Bangon Marawi, Year 1

Firms of clans among winners
of Marawi road, housing deals

CONTRACTORS tied to political clans have been awarded a combined total of P306 million in contracts to build transitional shelter units and roads for residents of Marawi City and nearby villages of Lanao del Sur, where homes and villages last year were destroyed in the five-month battle between soldiers and Islamic State-linked militants.Eight separate contracts, […]

Project Bangon Marawi, Year 1

A majority of Duterte allies will pick
Marawi’s ground-zero contractor

A SMALL COMMITTEE of seven persons, including four political appointees and associates of President Rodrigo R. Duterte from Davao City and elsewhere in Mindanao, will decide which business entities will win the multi-billion-peso contract for one of the major components of the rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City.Except for three career-service personnel, the other members of […]

Project Bangon Marawi, Year 1

A patchwork of sketchy plans,
loose rules, uncertain funding

THE SIEGE of the Islamic City of Marawi marks its first anniversary on May 23 but its vaunted multi-billion peso rehabilitation and reconstruction program remains a patchwork of disconnected promises mired in multiple problems.The government has pledged to roll out a total of 892 programs, activities, and projects for Marawi under an ambitious “master plan.” […]

Stand by Rappler, stay tuned

HARSH and with horrifying implications on the full and untrammeled exercise of press freedom.That is the least that could be said of the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) en banc to revoke the certificate of incorporation of Rappler, a digital media company with a creditable record of independent reportage and social engagement […]

Open Contracting 'not a norm'

Big money for PH projects,
no access to all documents

THERE is no dearth of hard lessons in Philippine procurement. The PEA-Amari and Textbook Scams in the 1990s, the Fertilizer Fund Scam and the botched NBN-ZTE and North Rail deals in the 2000s, the Pork Barrel Scam in 2013, and the Dengvaxia controversy last year are just a few examples of why procurement, a major […]

Open Contracting Data Standard Mapping

How PH fares: Only two of five stars

THE OPEN CONTRACTING Data Standard (OCDS) is an open data standard created by the Open Contracting Partnership for the publication of structured information in all stages of the contracting process, from planning to implementation.OCDS was designed to support governments and organizations to increase contracting transparency and allow deeper analysis of contracting data by a wide […]

Open Contracting in PH: Key recommendations

(From Public Contracting in the Philippines: Breakthroughs and Barriers, a case study on the procurement of infrastructure projects by the Department of Public Works and Highways) PCIJ’s research findings indicate the need for the following:1. Upload basic contracting documents online – from planning to implementation. Agencies keep a wealth of documents internally, many of which […]

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