Car dealer: P292,000 multicab is too expensive

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Thursday, September 20, 2012


A LOCAL car dealer said on Wednesday that a P292,000-worth of multicab vehicle is too expensive for a second-hand one validating allegations that the 20 of the 60 units purchased by the Davao City Government and distributed to some remote barangays are "overpriced."

This despite the contention of the City Hall that the vehicles bought and distributed to 55 barangays and one to the City Health Office (CHO) and another one to the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO), as valid and legal. Three multicabs are still waiting to be distributed to recipient barangays.

A surplus vehicle dealer, who requested for anonymity, told Sun.Star Davao that a second-hand multicab with the exact specifications and detailing that the city has purchased would usually cost around P240,000 to P250,000 each.

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To recall, the city last year purchased 60 units of multicabs in two batches. For the first batch, the city bought 20 multicabs at P292,000 each and 40 units for the second batch at P244,000 each.

"Ana man gyud na basta gobyerno ang mo palit, kelangan man gud na nimo kapitalan kay dagko man ka ug kinahanglanon na kwarta ana kay dira paman ka bayaran sa gobyerno pag mahuman na ang mga sakyanan (That's really the dilemma when you are dealing with the government, you really have to invest a big amount of money because the government will only pay you when the vehicles are ready for delivery)," the source said.

The vehicles purchased have the following specifications: 4-wheel drive 3-cylinder, 12-valve reconditioned engine, passenger-type with 16-seating capacity, brand new tires and battery, with complete set of tools and accessories, 1-year LTO registration, with one year GSIS vehicle comprehensive insurance, and colored white with the logo of Davao City.

But with the same set of features a P292,000 is "too much", the source said.

City Legal Office chief, lawyer Usmundo Villanueva, chair of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the City Hall, told Sun.Star Davao on Wednesday that the bidding process was in compliance with the law and the city has made it public.

For the first 20 multicabs purchased by the city, the contract was awarded to the lone bidder -- RDAK Transport Equipment Inc. -- that submitted a P292,000 bid.

For the second batch of multicabs, the 40 units was bought from the lowest bidder -- Davao Thunder Motor Corp. -- at P244,000. RDAK bidded for P265,000 per vehicle.

Villanueva, however, said he was not the BAC chair when the two separate biddings took place. He said it was lawyer Jessie Marvin G. Melodias, chief of the city's General Services Office, who chaired the BAC during the two bidding.

Efforts to get the side of Melodias proved futile as the latter in a court trial when this writer went to his office on Wednesday. (Jereco O. Paloma)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 20, 2012.

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