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House floor leader looks into Marpi landfill issue

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HOUSE Floor Leader John Paul Sablan has asked the House Committee on Public Utilities, Transportation and Communication to look into the procurement process of the Marpi landfill operation.

In an interview on Monday, Sablan said it was brought to his attention that the government has awarded the contract to a new operator without paying the previous contractor for its services. He also found out, he said, that the government did not award the new contract to the supposedly winning bidder.

Tang’s Corp. operated the solid waste facility for two years. Its contract with the Department of Public Works expired on Feb. 29, 2020. The company, according to its owner, Kevin Tang submitted a bid for a new contract, adding that it was the lowest bid, but the contract was awarded to another operator.

Tang said DPW still owes his company $667,899.01 for the operation of the solid waste facility.

In March, DPW signed an emergency contract with Marianas Environmental Services LLC to operate the landfill.

“This is very concerning to us, that is why we need clarity from  DPW on this,” Sablan said.

He said he was aware that a bidding process was conducted and Tang Corp. was the lowest bidder.

“Then somehow the bid process was cancelled and an emergency procurement process was conducted. I was told that Tang’s Corp. has not been paid, yet DPW went ahead to let another company take over the landfill. We want to find out what transpired there,” Sablan said.

 

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