Builders in the DR complain about tender results for housing there

Santo Domingo’s National Directorate of Public Contracts (DGCP) has launched an investigative process aimed at establishing whether or not there were any irregularities in the international public tender convened by the National Housing Institute (INVI) for the construction of 800 low-cost housing units as part of the Development and Habitat Program under way since 2010. The program has spent US$124.3 million, financed by the Andean Development Corporation and the Dominican state.

By taking this step, the DGCP is accepting a request made by the president of the Dominican Association of Contractors for State Projects (Adocoe), Miguel Liberato, who complained there was a lack of transparency in the process. The head of the top agency for public purchases and contracts, Yokasta Guzman Santos, notified Liberato and the director of INVI, Alma Fernandez of the start of the investigative process, in compliance with articles 71 to 76 of Law 340-06 regarding Public Purchases and Contracts.

(FILE IMAGE) "We recently received letter number 000479, dated 26 March, where we were informed about the procedure that will be followed with relation to our report on violations of the Law, which in our judgment have been committed by INVI officials during the process of a public tender for the construction of 800 social housing units," stated Liberato. He said that he also received a copy of a letter sent by Guzman Santos to the INVI director on 25 March, requesting the delivery of the administrative files of the tender within ten days.

(FILE IMAGE) “We recently received letter number 000479, dated 26 March, where we were informed about the procedure that will be followed with relation to our report on violations of the Law, which in our judgment have been committed by INVI officials during the process of a public tender for the construction of 800 social housing units,” stated Liberato. He said that he also received a copy of a letter sent by Guzman Santos to the INVI director on 25 March, requesting the delivery of the administrative files of the tender within ten days.

Adocoe asked President Danilo Medina to appoint a new executor agency for the housing construction programs, because they believe that INVI handled the process “deficiently and with little transparency.

The entity has also asked the government to make an arrangement with the Andean Development Corporation for the construction of the 800 houses to be spread out among eleven sections, so that a larger number of companies can be contracted.

According to Adocoe, in the tenders carried out by INVI for the first and second stages of the housing program, the six companies that won the tenders in 2010 also were the winners in the 2011 tender.

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