GEFF lambastes Core Tech for latest protest

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“No matter how poorly Core Tech performs on jobs for GovGuam, they don’t believe GovGuam should be allowed to consider this poor performance when making selections for new projects,” said GEFF Director Phil Flores.

Guam – It appears the Guam Educational Facilities Foundation –one of the top bidders in the multi-million dollar IFB to renovate Simon Sanchez High School, is calling the latest protest from opposing bidder Core Tech International a “smoke screen.”

The reconstruction of the dilapidated campus has been an ongoing endeavor for the last four years. But despite interference from the Guam Legislator and the Office of Public Accountability, no progress on the much-needed renovations has been made.

In fact, another protest was filed by CTI due to missing documents in the solicitation.

However, GEFF is alleging that CTI’s recent protest is all a ploy.

GEFF Director Phil Flores tells PNC, “Core Tech’s reasons for this protest are nonsensical. Their first reason is a smoke screen stating that the IFB did not include final copies of all applicable contractual documents. As Core Tech knows in a lease financing transaction documents are not finalized until approximately five days before the financial closing due to changing market conditions.”

Flores says GEFF obtained documents through the Freedom Of Information Act which he says reveal CTI’s real reason behind their protest.

“They say it is improper for DPW to consider Core Tech’s past failures on GovGuam projects in making a selection for Simon Sanchez. Core Tech was late in completing the Route 1/Route 8 Intersection project and late in completing the Agana Bridge projects and owes liquidated damages,” Flores said.

In one of the FOIA documents provided to PNC, CTI writes: “Core Tech International Corp. hereby gives notice that it protests the absence of contractual terms.”

Democrat Senator Tom Ada told PNC in a previous interview that he even spotted the missing documents when he reviewed the IFB.

“How [the documents] were overlooked I think is pure negligence. So, we’ve got to acknowledge that the documents are not there,” the lawmaker said.

But GEFF’s director doesn’t agree with the protest.

“Instead of paying the damages owned under their contract Core Tech is appealing and contends that these failures cannot be considered until the matters are settled in court, an exhaustive process that could take years. By this rationale, no matter how poorly Core Tech performs on jobs for GovGuam, they don’t believe GovGuam should be allowed to consider this poor performance when making selections for new projects,” Flores said.