Kidapawan LGU to penalize supplier of equipment, trucks for delay in delivery‏

July 30, 2010 12:05 pm 

KIDAPAWAN CITY, July 30 -– The Sangguniang Panglungsod of Kidapawan has urged the city’s chief executive to compel the supplier of heavy equipment and trucks that they ordered last year to deliver the remaining items.

The equipment and trucks were purchased from a P44.725-million loan.

This as the SP of Kidapawan is set to penalize the supplier for the delay in the delivery of the heavy equipment.

Of the five heavy equipment and trucks, only two – a pay loader and a grader, were delivered on April this year.

The bulldozer, according to Celestina Relativo, head of the General Services Office (GSO) of the city government, was already shipped last Wednesday from Manila to Davao City.

It is expected the equipment would arrive in Davao’s port on Monday, Relativo said.

The date of the delivery of the remaining two – a six-wheeler and 10-wheeler dump trucks, however, is not known.

Based on records from the GSO, the supplier of the equipment and trucks is the TKC Heavy Industries, Inc., which has offices in Manila and Cebu City.

Relativo said they opened the public bidding for the purchase of five equipment and trucks on Nov. 9, 2009.

The bidding was published twice through the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (Phil GEPS).

Based on the records, the TKC Heavy Industries was supposed to complete the delivery of the items within the 120 working days or six months after the completion of the bidding on November last year.

Two months after the deadline on May 2010, the delivery is not yet completed, according to councilor and lawyer Dina Espina-Chua.

“We, thus, urge our city mayor, Rodolfo Gantuangco, to compel the TKC Industries to complete its delivery of the equipment. We will already charge the company of liquidated damages for the delay,” said Councilor Lauro Taynan, main proponent of the resolution.

Relativo, during the legislative inquiry called for by the 3rd SP, told councilors that she has not yet signed the delivery receipt.

“I intentionally did not sign the delivery receipt because it was not fully completed but the pay loader and the grader were already turned over to the city LGU’s Motor Pool,” Relativo told councilors.

The non-delivery of the equipment became a hot issue when WATCH Kidapawan, an anti-corruption watchdog created early July this year, started to scrutinize loans entered into by the city government since 2005. It is composed of media and members of the civil society groups in Kidapawan City, which is keeping watch of the funds of the city government.

Records gathered by the group showed the city government has started to pay the equipment loan since last year. But the group was surprised when they learned the supplier failed to deliver the remaining items. (PNA)



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