The city government of Pasig has saved more than P150 million within the first months of its corruption cleanup, Mayor Vico Sotto announced on Wednesday.
He said the money saved was from July to November, or since he assumed office.
“We have saved over P150 million because of our open and honest to goodness public bidding for the city’s goods and services,” Sotto said in a written statement.
Also, he explained that the amount was saved in two ways.
He said that instructed a reduction of 10% in the approved of contracts.
The millenial mayor said he really opened all bidding processes. In fact, he even broadcasted and recorded them on Facebook.
“As a result, competition is high and prices go down. Previously, almost all winning bids were within 1% the ABC (this is a red flag for other auditors). Now, it is common to see winning bids that are 10-50% lower,” he said in mixed English and Filipino.
“ABC is Approved Budget for the Contract as estimated by City Hall, i.e. highest price a contractor can bid for. The winner should be the lowest bid at the same quality,” Sotto added.
Moreover, the 10-percent reduction of ABC is feasible since he does not accept bribes, even when he was still a councilor of the city.
Although it was difficult, Sotto said the corruption cleanup of their city government was worth it.
“Hindi madali ang ginagawa nating paglilinis, pero sulit ang hirap. Dahil sa dulo, ang ordinaryong mamamayan ang makikinabang. Mas maraming pondo para sa iba’t ibang serbisyo, lalo na sa serbisyong pangkalusugan,” he wrote.
“Tuloy ang pagbabago!” he declared.
Sotto also revealed he planned, when he was still running for mayor, to reduce infrastructure spending in the city and allocate more money to healthcare instead.
Last month, Sotto approved Pasig City’s 2020 budget amounting to approximately P12 billion with health care services getting 21% of the budget.