Bloggers Invitation to the Senate Hearing on the Alleged Overpricing of the Makati Parking Building

What: Senate Hearing on the Alleged Overpricing of the Makati Parking Building

Venue: Session Hall, Senate of the Philippines Building, GSIS Complex, Pasay City

Date and Time: October 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM

1. What’s the event all about?

a. The hearing is about the alleged overpricing of the Makati Parking Building during Vice President Binay’s term as City Mayor.

b. From Inquirer.net: An initial Commission on Audit (COA) investigation found that the Makati City government implemented the P2.3-billion Makati City Hall Building II project with “undue haste” because it was done without construction plans. The COA also found a P105-million difference between the approved budget for the contract of the building’s phase one and its approximate cost stated in the architectural and engineering contract. These were among the red flags found in the COA’s preliminary report on the parking cum office building being investigated by the Senate for alleged overpricing. Other red flags were the following:
— “Improper” negotiated procurement for the contract of architectural and engineering services;
— Very small variance between the contract for the budget and the bids of contractor Hilmarc’s Construction Corp.;
— Unnecessary expenditures for mobilization of construction equipment; and
— The building, built in five phases, was already habitable and ready for use by phase three.
Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/642347/coa-undue-haste-other-red-flags-in-makati-building#ixzz3G5bWLppH

2. Why do we need bloggers?

a. The youth as a group has always been regarded as an untapped bloc with meaningful influence. While we are moving towards a government that advocates for clean and honest governance, some issues such as PDAF, DAP, Malampaya, and the Makati Parking Building prove that our country is deeply infiltrated by corrupt officials and their friends. This is the reason why we need the young Filipinos to listen and witness the senate hearings first-hand. It is crucial that young people get involve in finding the truth about the Makati Parking Building, that young bloggers write about the issue the way they see it. This is also a good opportunity for young bloggers to personally question the senators or witnesses before and after the hearing. This can either be pre-arranged or bloggers can join the media during ambush interviews.

b. More than 50% of voters in 2016 are between 18-30 years old. If only all young people are well informed about what’s happening around them and how they can help in shaping public opinion, the youth bloc can literally elect the next president of this country.

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