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By Xave Gregorio

The government will not be conducting a public bidding for the rehabilitation of Marawi City, and instead opted to use the Swiss challenge to select developers.

Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council chair Eduardo del Rosario revealed that the government is inviting local and foreign developers to submit proposals, which will then undergo the Swiss challenge.

“So parang mas better ito at mas mabilis na gawing proseso instead of bidding. But instead we will go the mode of Swiss challenge. Parang bidding din pero faster and better,” Del Rosario said in a press briefing at Malacañan on Friday (December 1).

The Swiss challenge is a procurement method wherein the government invites third parties to match or exceed a previously received unsolicited bid.

In the Marawi rehabilitation project, Del Rosario said that, for example, if a developer comes forward with a P100 billion proposal and another developer with a P75 billion proposal, and the former cannot match the latter, the project goes to the developer with the lower project cost.

Del Rosario said he will be presenting unsolicited proposals from developers to the Cabinet for them to decide on the best concept applicable to Marawi.

“Dapat makita natin dito na talagang at the end of the day, it’s a new city, lalo na ‘yung central business district and talagang mapaganda natin, hindi lang better but much, much better,” he said.

The Duterte administration has been keen on using the Swiss challenge, with the President hailing it as a better method for public-private partnerships.