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Camp Crame set to offer P73-M ‘One-Stop Shop’ for gun-holders, guards

  • Written by Alfred Dalizon
  • Published in Nation
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IT would go down in Philippine National Police history as one of the police buildings whose
construction was delayed for more than a year due to problem with its already ‘blacklisted’ contractor
but finally, the PNP ‘One-Stop Shop’ for gun-holders and security guards is nearing its completion and
ready to serve its clientele like ‘royalties’ as promised by the police leadership.   
    
It was PNP chief, Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa and his top officials who saw to
it that  work on the ‘One-Stop Shop’ of the PNP Civil Security Group would resume construction this
year in order to erase the ugly sight of a building which literally turned into a ‘white elephant’ for
months until the public started noticing it.
    
Officials earlier told the Journal Group that they decided to cancel the contract and
‘blacklist’ the original contractor after he failed to deliver as he promised to former PNP chief,
Gen. Ricardo C. Marquez and later to Gen. Dela Rosa.
    
Supposed to be, the One-Stop Shop should have been finished before the retirement of Gen.
Marquez in August 2016. Once complete, the 3-storey building will help serve better hundreds of people
who are securing or renewing their firearms and security licenses without inconveniencing them and
making them feel like royalties, officials said.
    
Papers provided to the Journal Group showed that the P72,780,358.56 contract for the
construction of the PNP-CSG One-Stop Building was awarded to C.B. Garay Philwide Builders on February
22, 2016 after the conduct of a public bidding. The contractor was given 240 calendar days from the
issuance of the Notice to Proceed on March 27, 2016 to October 28, 2016 to complete the One Stop Shop
construction.
    
Initially, the PNP paid the contractor a 15 percent mobilization fee amounting to
P10,917,053.78 on April 18, 2016. The 1st payment for the 15 percent progress billing amounting to
P9,279,495.71 was paid to the contractor  on May 27, 2016.
    
On the other hand, the  second payment for the 30 percent progress billing amounting to
P18,558,991.43  was paid to the contractor less than three months later or on August 16, 2016 to be
exact.