Acting Public Works secretary Anthony Camacho said yesterday that a special committee is now reviewing the proposals that five private firms submitted in response to a request for proposal to operate and maintain the $10-million Marpi landfill, but Rep. Lorenzo Deleon Guerrero (IR-Saipan) said that thorough analysis should be done before awarding the hefty contract.
Camacho and Deleon Guerrero, chairman of the House Public Utilities, Transportation and Communications committee, said the contract will be for three years.
Deleon Guerrero said his panel also wants to make sure that procurement rules are followed every step of the procurement process.
“We also don't want any political influence on who will be awarded the contract because you are talking about a three-year contract. That's estimated to be over $1 million,” Deleon Guerrero told Saipan Tribune.
He said the evaluation committee should thoroughly look into the qualifications of each company. For example, it is not enough that a firm has experience in landfill operations.
“How extensive is the experience? How many of their staff have training? Where did they get their training or certification and experience? You can say you have the proper equipment such as compactor but are they the functioning well? They also have to comply with DEQ [Division of Environmental Quality] and EPA [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] standards,” Deleon Guerrero added.
Camacho, in a separate interview, said the RFP has expanded the scope of work to include facility maintenance and pump and leachate operations, among others.
He said the three-member review committee, plus an alternate member, is doing their best to evaluate the proposals received.
“They will also consider whether the DPW can afford the cost. If it is too significant, DPW may revert to equipment operation and maintenance. The landfill won't be privatized. It will still be owned and managed by the government, but there will be contractor for operations and maintenance,” said Camacho, whose nomination as DPW secretary will be decided by the Senate on Friday on Tinian.
The five companies that submitted proposals to DPW for the Marpi landfill contract are: RMIC, JG Sablan, Tang's Corp., GPPC and SARS/Success International Corp., the current “emergency” contractor.