COA: Makati City hall building 2 not overpriced

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MEMBERS of the technical working team of the Commission on Audit (COA) told the Senate Blue Ribbon committee on Tuesday that there was no overpricing in the construction of the Makati City Hall building 2.

COA technical audit specialist Engr. Roldan Menciano said their findings were "reasonable," citing the resolution of the audit agency.

Under Section 7 of the COA Resolution No. 91-52, Menciano said, "The total contract price should be equal to or less than the COA estimates plus 10 percent."

"In this case, the Makati building (Makati City Hall building 2), based on the plans, based on our review, we find nothing (to determine overpricing)," he said.

The Senate probed last August 21 the alleged overpricing of Makati City Hall building 2 and the accusations against the Binays, as filed in Senate Resolution 826 by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

The COA denied earlier that it had issued a clearance to the City of Makati regarding its parking building.

Assigned technical audit specialists had assessed all the phases of the plan of the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall building 2 and verified that there was no irregularity in the building.

Engr. Cecilio Pineda, the technical audit personnel of COA, evaluated the first two phases of the plan, along with Engrs. Allan Florentino and Zaldy Lavarro.

The phase one included the structural and foundation of the plan.

"Based on the plan, as we made estimates, there is no problem as far as phases one and two are concerned," Pineda said.

Likewise, Menciano was the one who reviewed contract phases of three and four.

"We conduct review and evaluation of the contract based on the approved budget calls of the contract, based on the plans and specifications that the agency is submitting to us," Menciano said.

"And then, from there, we conduct our own computation. Our calculation limits only to 60 percent of the project," he added.

Menciano said the findings showed that there was no problem seen in the cost of alleged overpriced Makati parking building.

In the last phase of the plan, COA technical audit specialist Engr. Flora Ruiz said there is "no irregularity" on the project, as it is within the allowable limit of variance of the resolution.

"We have been consistent in the procedures that we are doing," Menciano said, referring to the result they had come up upon the evaluation of the building plan.

Meanwhile, Engr. Line dela Peña, the head of Center Planning and Management Office in Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW), said parking building computation is based on approved plans, specification, and quality of materials, not per square meter, to identify the design parameters of the building.

"There were major revisions like structural and architectural, completing also the electrical and mechanical, all scope of volts are included in the revision of plans," she said.

Dela Peña said the city engineer and mayor approved the original and revised plans, and if project is once implemented, there will be changes.

"Design paramaters is the basis for overpricing and apple to apple computation is needed to compare buildings," dela Peña said, referring on how structure should be gauged. (Sunnex)

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