'Swiss challenge' for gov't projects has legal basis: Roque

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Posted at Jan 29 2018 03:00 PM

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MANILA – Seeking counter-offers for unsolicited project proposals, what is known as a "Swiss challenge," is allowed under law, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman said Monday.

The President over the weekend said he wanted a Swiss challenge approach when awarding infrastructure projects.

The government has laid down a P8-trillion pipeline of new roads, railways and airports which will be built within the President's 6-year term.

Such big projects can be submitted to a "Swiss challenge" under the Build, Operate and Transfer Law, Roque told DZMM.

The President's economic managers had set a "hybrid approach" to infrastructure, wherein government taps official development aid to build the structures while the maintenance and operation will be left to the private sector.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson said he was in favor of a "Swiss challenge" to reduce substandard output by construction firms who may rid public biddings.

"Kung dadaan sa pangkariniwang bidding bukod sa napakatagal na proseso naguusap usap lang naman mga contractors eh, nagbibilihan eh," he added.

(If it undergoes bidding, it can be slow and contractors can connive with each other.)