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Sablay kasi bidding: Iloilo Capitol lacks janitors

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No thanks to a failure of bidding, the Iloilo provincial Capitol may not have janitors to keep the building clean.

This developed even as Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. blamed the opposition-led provincial council for blocking the passage of the 2019 budget.

Because of this, Defensor said Capitol employees and officials, especially opposition board members who “stalled the budget,” should clean their offices, including comfort rooms.

However, General Services Office head Aaron Raymundo said this was due to the contract of JPA Janitorial Services expiring Dec. 31, 2018.

JPA’s contract was initially to expire in 2017 but it was extended to Dec 31, 2018.

While a competitive bidding was conducted in May 2018, the process was delayed after the GSO adjusted the daily wage from P323.50 to P365, as mandated by the Labor Department.

Raymundo said the first bidding failed, leading to a “rebidding” that was hampered by “technical issues.”

He added they could no longer extend JPA’s contract again since there was no “distinct contract” in 2018.

On the other hand, Raymundo said security guards at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol continued their operation because of the smooth procurement process.