World Bank-blacklisted firms to rejoin DPWH bids

Seven construction firms blacklisted by the World Bank could again take part in public biddings for projects at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) next month after their 15-day suspension has lapsed.

Public Works Undersecretary Manuel Bonoan said the seven firms could qualify for succeeding DPWH biddings by Monday.

“But there is no schedule of biddings (as of now),” he said.

Bonoan said they still have to wait for Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. to decide and act on the initial report that would be submitted by the investigating panel on Monday.

“We are still conducting an investigation,” he said. “It has not yet been concluded.”

Bonoan said the investigation aims to assess probable cause and the need for a deeper investigation.

They intend to determine how it should deal with the seven blacklisted contractors, he added.

Bonoan said they would rely on the evidence gathered, but they have not yet received a copy of the WB report.

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