The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC)’s review of the controversial P11.8-billion modular roll-on, roll-off (RORO) ports project, which included a recommendation for the cancellation of the contract with a French government–owned firm, was found to be “suspect” and deficient.
The finding was released recently by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) after conducting a review of the May 2 DOTC report of outgoing Secretary Jose de Jesus, which recommended a cancellation of the project.
NEDA director general and Socio-economic Planning Secretary Cayetano Paderanga, in his May 16 memorandum, raised the need for a more “in-depth analysis” to be undertaken by the DOTC and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to come up with a better comparison on the cost efficiency of the modular RORO ports to be built under the contract as against the traditional ports built and now being used in the country.
In its review, NEDA aired its doubts on the credibility of the positions made in the DOTC report.
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