Capitol sees inconsistency in Black Pearl documents

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Friday, June 6, 2014


THE Cebu Provincial Government cannot yet award the Black Pearl Security Agency (BPSA) as the winning bidder after the bids and awards committee (BAC) saw an inconsistency in the technical requirement during the post qualification evaluation.

However, the technical working group (TWG), which is assigned in the post qualification, said BPSA has passed the review on documents, on-site inspection and evaluation, and financial capacity.

Provincial Legal Officer Orvi Ortega, head of BAC, said the TWG noted that there was an inconsistency between the “checklist of eligibility and financial documents requirements for bidders” and the bidding documents, particularly the “bid data sheet.”

BPSA’s personnel started serving Capitol last June 1 after the Capitol’s security service contract with Tactical Security Agency Inc. (TSAI) expired last May 31.

BPSA, whose president is Baltaire Balangauan, must undergo a post-qualification assessment before it will sign a contract with the Capitol.

Ortega said there is a technical requirement in the checklist that a prospective bidder should have a single largest contract for goods particularly on services of 50 percent of the approved budget for the contract (ABC).

The Capitol’s ABC is P37,275,475,40.

Largest contract

He said the BPSA has passed the requirement as it had one single largest contract with Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan worth P21 million.

However, the bid data sheet required that the prospective bidder must have one completed project of similar nature with a value of at least 25 percent of the ABC.

But Ortega said BPSA’s contract with Waterfront is on-going.

He said the BPSA passed the technical requirement in the checklist after it was not indicated that the single largest contract of the bidder is on-going or completed.

This is the inconsistency that the TWG noted.

The TWG is composed of provincial budget officer Danilo Rodas, general services officer Jone Seigfred Sepe and assessor Alma Sibonga.

“However, it is recommended that BAC shall review/revisit the checklist used in the examination/evaluation of bids, the contents of bidding documents in compliance to Sec. 17.2 of the IRR (Implementing Rules and Regulation),” a part of the bid post-qualification report read.

With the TWG observation, Ortega said they refer the report to Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) under the Department of Budget and Management.

He said GPPB is the higher body that sets the policy in the implementation of Republic Act 9184 and gives opinion pertaining to the conduct of bidding.

In a separate interview, Cebu Gov. Davide III said they will retain the services of BPSA.

The Capitol will conduct an emergency procurement for BPSA to serve as temporary security service provider while the post-qualification report is still in the GPPB.

Davide said it was right that BAC elevated the report to GPPB to end insinuations that Capitol plays favorites.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 07, 2014.

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