In his promise to battle corruption, Mayor Sotto vowed that during his term there will be a decrease in the costs for all his city projects. “As I said in this morning’s flag ceremony, I guarantee that during my administration, the prices of all government contracts will decrease by at least 10 per cent,” Sotto posted on his Facebook page. This was decided in order to battle bribery during the bidding process which tends to be commonplace. In order to ensure this, he mandated that the bidding process for Pasig government projects be vetted and overseen by civil societies and NGO’s. Thus, he has invested in selecting and training civil societies. On his official Facebook page, the mayor said, “We will truly be open for public biddings. Friend or foe, you are welcome to bid. I won’t favour anyone, no rigging”. Sotto also posted that they have saved at least PHP1.2 billion with his new transparent bidding process.
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