COA: Contractor given ‘undue advantage’ by BCDA in SEA Games contract

Over 10,000 free tickets for SEA Games events, closing rites – Phisgoc

The Athletics Stadium in New Clark City, Tarlac province, has a 20,000 seating capacity. —Maria Adelaida Calayag

MANILA, Philippines — The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) gave private contractor MTD Capital Berhad (MTD) “undue advantage” in the P8.510 billion contract for the construction of the sports facilities used in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) which the country hosted, the Commission on Audit (COA) said.

In its 2019 report released Thursday, COA noted that the the construction of the sports facilities in New Clark City (NCC) that used during the November 30 to December 11, 2019 SEA Games, was  negotiated into an unsolicited proposal rather than going through competitive bidding.

“The Sports Facilities, planned/conceptualized by BCDA, was negotiated into an unsolicited proposal rather than going through competitive bidding following the process applicable for solicited projects gave MTD an undue advantage and negatively affects the competitiveness of the bidding,”

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