MANILA (Mabuhay) – Two lawmakers filed a bill mandating all contractors to use Philippine-made materials for construction, alteration or repair of any public structure.
Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and his brother Rep. Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. (Party-list, Abante Mindanao) authored HB 3285 to promote and encourage use of Philippine-made products, materials and supplies in every contract for the work.
Rodriguez cited the State policy as embodied in Article XII Section 12 of the Constitution to promote preferential use of Filipino labor, domestic materials and locally produced goods and adapt measures that help make these competitive.
The measure to be known as the ‘Preference for Philippine Materials in Public Contracts Act’ also seeks to blacklist contractors, sub-contractors, material men and suppliers who fail to comply with such requirements.
Rodriguez said under the bill, every contract for the construction, alteration or repair of any public building or public work in the country shall contain a provision that in performing the work, the contractor, sub-contractors, materialmen or suppliers, shall use only unmanufactured articles, materials and supplies produced in the country.
The bill also provides for an exception noted in the specification with respect to particular articles, materials or supplies that it is impracticable to comply with such requirement or that it would unreasonably increase the cost and a public record made of the findings which justified the exception.
If the head of the government agency which made the contract containing the provision required by Section 4 of this Act finds there’s failure to comply with such provisions, he shall make his findings public including name of the contractor and shall not be awarded within a period of three years any contract for construction, alteration or repair of any public building or public work elsewhere in the country.
“By doing this, the bill shall achieve its goal of blacklisting contractors, sub-contractors, material men and suppliers who fail to comply with such requirements,” Rodriguez said.(MNS)