Budget for Davao port upgrade questioned

Subscribe Now June 22, 2015 at 08:40am

A former city councilor has questioned the budget for the proposed rehabilitation of the Sasa Port here, claiming it is overpriced compared to the development of other ports in the country.

Former city councilor Peter Lavina said the P17-billion budget for the Sasa Port is too much.

Lavina said the bidding for the project should be stopped until after further study and investigation are conducted.

He urged Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya to look into the matter.

“We should stop the bidding of the Sasa Port project and review its rationale, design and cost,” Lavina said in a message to Abaya.

The former councilor also urged the House of Representatives and the Senate to conduct an inquiry into the project.
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He cited as examples the proposed Bataan Port, which would be built in three phases for only P3 billion, and the Port of Hijo for Tagum City in Davao del Norte for P5.7 billion.

Lavina said the Davao International Container Terminal in Panabo City, also in Davao del Norte, was built in 2013 for only P2.7 billion.

He said he could not understand the costing of the proposed upgrade of the Sasa Port, saying it was originally estimated at P4 billion.

Source: philstar.com

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