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To All Registered Contractors With the
CHAGUANAS BOROUGH CORPORATION
In accordance with C.T.B. Ordinance Regulation 12/2 (a) and Legal Notice #234 as amended which falls under
the Special Ministerial Tenders Committees' Limit tenders are invited for Construction Works under the
Development Programme 2013/2014 for the following:
1. Endeavour Branch Road Box Drain & Culvert 1. Boundary Street Box Drain & Culvert
2. Dinoo Road Box Drain
2. Lakhan St. Ext., Richard Lane, Ravi
3. Rainbow Crescent Box Drain
4. Ragoo Street Box Drain
3. Cemetery Street Paving
5. Ramsingh Street Box Drain
4. Vendors Mall C.B.C. Sanitary Block 2nd
Prospective Tenderers who wish to bid must be a Registered Contractor with the Corporation whose name
appears on the List of Contractors. (All Petty Contractors must be approved by the Minister of Finance,
Director of Contracts, Circular Memorandum 2/l/16 dated 12/03/1997).
Tender documents may be perused and can be obtained at the Tenders Department during the hours of 9:00
a.m to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m. at a non-refundable cost of $1,000.00 per package.
A Public Notice, an Invitation to Tender along with a listing of all Registered Contractors will be placed
at security desk of the Administrative Building.
Tenders must be accompanied by an original Valid Income Tax and Value Added Tax Clearance Certificates
issued by the Board of Inland Revenue and date not more than (6) six months prior to the closing date of the
tender. Tenders must also be accompanied by an original National Insurance Compliance Certificate. All other
instructions are attached to the tender packages.
Any further technical information may be obtained during normal working hours from Mr. Ranjit Persad, County
Superintendent, Chaguanas Borough Corporation, Ministry of Local Government at telephone number 671-
1174 ext. 229.
A pre-tender meeting followed by a site visit will be held on Thursday 2 7th February, 2014 at 10.00 a.m at
the Technical Department.
Tenders will be closed on Friday 7th March, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Tender documents are to be deposited
in the White Tender Box located at the Security Desk of the Old Administrative Building, Chaguanas
Tenders will be publicly opened on Monday 10th March, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. at the Corporation's Hall. The
tenderer or his representative may be present at the opening.
Late Tenders will not be considered under any circumstances. The Committee does not bind itself to
accept the lowest or any other tender. The Committee reserves the right to cancel the bidding process in its
entirety or even partially without defraying any cost incurred by any firm in submitting their tender.
For further information, please contact the Tenders Clerk at 665-5351/ 2427 Ext 235.
Chief Executive Officer
Chaguanas Borough Corporation
Pajotte on the
news, at a consti-
ing about protect-
ing boys from sex-
ual abuse. She
didn t mention the
father of five and
principal of one of
the denomination s
just charged with abusing his students 14 times.
She warned about "sodomites." But reviewing
the nauseating headlines of sexual abuse of chil-
dren, which I ve urged in this space our leaders
must never see as unavoidable, two other groups
stand out---those in parental roles and those in
religious roles, including religious teachers.
A right to one s own sexuality, which would
protect those children, is not explicitly recog-
nised in our Constitution. Both parental and
religious rights, however, are specifically refer-
Single fathers advocate Rondell Feeles and my
Caribbean Male Action Network (CariMAN) col-
league Marlon Bascombe campaign for public
policy to stop treating fathers as default preda-
tors, not trusted by courts or hospitals to be
equal parents to their own children, visit them,
take them home. Policies and protections recog-
nising fathers rights and critical roles in chil-
dren s lives foster the kind of parental bonds
that prevent sexual abuse.
All people have a right to hold faith beliefs,
including ones about sexuality and what is right
and wrong. The right to practise faith means the
right to do or not do things with your body---
shout, mortify your flesh, manifest spirits, fast,
not eat beef or pork, be circumcised, not shave
your beard, lock your hair, be chaste, cover
yourself in a hijab, lie down before God---the
same rights over their bodies others are asking
for.Denying individuals religious rights won t pro-
tect young men from sexual abuse any more
than denying gay people s will. Denying some
rights doesn t protect others. Societies that are
more equal are more stable, have less crime and
higher development levels.
But something has gone terribly out of control
in our current public debate over the Constitu-
tion. We ve forgotten that the guarantee of pro-
tection from imposition of other people s faiths
on us means we, too, don t get to impose ours
on others, or to have the State do so on our
In a multi-religious nation, religious freedom
means precisely that your right to believe can t
infringe my right to not be bound by your
belief. Just as sexual rights mean my right to
have sex can t infringe your right to not have
sex with me.
As for protecting little boys, it s this power of
religion to abuse others---which is nobody s
right---that is at the root of sexual abuse of boys
and girls that happens in religious settings, the
power religious leaders wield over others who do
"Our children are being targeted," Nicole cau-
tioned, wide-eyed on my evening news. And I
tend to agree.
Except young people aren t being turned gay
because they are sexually abused. They re the
same boys targeted and preyed on by bullies
because of their gender expression. And sexual
predators also target them, knowing in a climate
of shame and criminalisation of same-sex sexu-
RIGHTS, CHILD MOLESTERS AND THE CONSTITUTION
ality, they can be sure these young peo-
ple will hide their sexual abuse.
Men commit almost all cases of sexu-
al violence, whether the victim is male
or female. Deeply dysfunctional notions
of masculinity are what we see at work
in the worst incidents of sexual abuse
It s these factors, not homosexuality,
that fuel men s predatory sexual abuse
of boys. Homophobia, as this reality is
clumsily labelled, is also a stubborn
barrier to boys healing from sexual
abuse, and some carry a lifelong burden
I expect those whose religious rights I
am committed to defending to be as
passionate about protecting boys from
sexual abuse as I am. Until we end
their vulnerability to homophobia, we
won t be doing enough to make the
world safe for the boys Nicole and I
both want to protect.
Here are five constructive ways we
could do this together:
1. Decriminalise consensual homosex-
uality between adults in law
2. Support protections for homosexu-
als from discrimination
3. Create spaces where young people
who think they may be homosexual can
find support and affirmation
4. Help people be loving parents and
families to young gay and lesbian peo-
ple5. Most important, talk to young peo-
ple themselves about what will protect
them---like those from the Silver Lining
Foundation, a youth group that formed
after a friend s suicide, who also spoke
at the constitutional consultations and
are working with the University of the
West Indies to create safe spaces.
Forging the liberty to love: one
nation...many bodies...boundless faith.
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