Bidding process now above board?

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Friday, August 8, 2014


THE Provincial Bids and Awards Committee (PBAC) has submitted for review its recommendation to the Cebu Provincial Board (PB) on the bidding for Capitol’s security provider. If approved, the PB will pass a resolution authorizing the governor to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the two security agencies that won the bid.

Tactical Security Agency and GDS Security Agency have reportedly met the requirements in the bidding process and the terms of reference.

Tactical will be assigned to the north area with 111 guards and with a total contract price of P20 million for one year. GDS will be at the south area with 91 guards and with a contract price of P17 million.

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PBAC chairman Mark Tolentino said that, after observing the thorough and tedious bidding process, the two agencies emerged as winners and the committee then turned over the decision to the PB for review. Gov. Hilario Davide III will sign the MOA next week with the proprietors or representatives of the two security agencies.

Sources said that the security agencies will not assume their tasks unless and until
the contracts are signed. They must have learned a lesson from the bad experience with Black Pearl Security Agency.

The previous PBAC headed by Orvi Ortega ordered Black Pearl to take over security matters at the Capitol even without formally declaring the agency as the winning bidder. The committee had yet to conduct post-bidding evaluation and the terms of reference had not yet been met.

They claimed that Black Pearl's takeover was a risk. The Capitol even refused to pay the agency the 15 days it secured the Capitol.

Then again, Black Pearl must not have been foolish to just take over without being assured about it by someone very influential. Sensing that the move was irregular, the governor declared failure of bidding and a new bidding was conducted.

The governor acknowledged that mistake in his State of the Province Address (Sopa), saying “I have learned my lesson.” Because of that questionable bidding, Ortega voluntarily resigned as PBAC head.

But to be fair with Black Pearl, I think they should be paid. Karon klaro na man kaha ni? Wala na man kaha ni trampas? Naleksyon na ang taga-Capitol?

I have warned the governor not to trust some of the people around him. But I still believe in his integrity and sincerity. I am still supporting his “tuwid na daan” policy. But there are some people around whose intention is not for public service but for personal gain.

Mao nang magbantay gyud ka diha Mr. Governor kay kanang imong sobrang kaayo gipahimuslan sa uban. Ayaw sobrag kompiyansa, Gob.

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Former Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) regional director and airport manager Al Allere called me up yesterday and informed me that he was denied his purchase of medicines at the Rose Pharmacy Ayala mall when he availed of the senior citizens discount. Rose Pharmacy again?

Allere told me that when he ordered the medicines and showed his senior citizen ID, the attendant quickly said that they didn’t have any stock of these. Allere blew his top. He later transferred to the nearby Mercury drug store branch and was able to buy the medicines.

This is what exactly happened to Dr. Billy Jaca in the Rose Pharmacy branch at Fuente Osmeña two weeks ago. Is it the policy of this drug store to ignore senior citizens’ discounts?

(bobby.nalzaro@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 09, 2014.

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