Duterte wants turnkey system for projects

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) — President Rodrigo Duterte wants to do away with public bidding and instead adopt a turnkey system for government projects as part of his efforts to fight corruption.

"So now, if there are projects, it's going to be a turnkey. Make me this project according to my specific orders, and if it's good, I will pay you," Duterte said Tuesday at the oath-taking of newly appointed officials at Malacañang Palace.

"Now, if you make a mess out of the project, and you know, you abbreviate things there, affecting the quality and all, I will not pay you. So it's your gamble, not mine," he added.

Duterte said he will not stick to procurement laws implemented by the Commission on Audit, which he said is a source of corruption.

Under Republic Act No. 9184, or the Government Procurement Reform Act, the government awards the contract to the lowest bidder.

Turnkey projects, however, require a contracted firm to design, construct, and make sure the project is operational before it gets paid.

The President previously proposed as well the Swiss challenge, which allows a private group to send a proposal to the government, then third parties can either match or surpass the proposal.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the government will implement the Swiss challenge system for rebuilding the war-torn city of Marawi.