regulatory issues (construction)
Do you agree with the following issues? Do you think there are issues and concerns of the industry that we have not identified yet? Please share your opinions and/or personal experience in the comments section provided.
- Right of way (ROW) negotiations and relocation concerns are delegated to winning bidder, instead of being secured by the agency before the awarding of the contract.
- In terms of ROW, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is helpless on this issue, especially on the fees required.
- Fragmented contracting agreements which separate maintenance and continuity of operation in government projects, affecting overall benefit of the project.
- The Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) license is not sufficient or valid for all government projects. A company can have a PCAB license but still not qualified to participate in DPWH procurement. Which license should be honored or prevail?
- The construction industry is very slow in adapting innovations. Some industry players often think that adopting new technology will require billions when, in fact, there are low-cost innovations available.
- Weak legal framework/background limits the ability of local construction companies to beneficially engage with foreign construction companies.
- Noncompetitive construction companies due to lack of benefits (e.g. workers’ accommodations)
- Civil works regulation on winning bids (Republic Act 9184) focus more on the least-cost rather quality as primary requirement.