Bidding for P216-M patrol cars postponed

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The scheduled opening of bids for the purchase of 400 units of patrol cars worth P216 million has been postponed to a still undetermined date after Capitol's Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) failed to muster a quorum Tuesday morning.

Provincial Legal Counsel and BAC vice-chairman Cecil Andin announced the postponement after four of the committee members, Provincial Administrator and committee chairman Andres Pangilinan, Jr., included, failed to show up in the bidding activities.

"For us to have a quorum, at least five of the seven members of the BAC should be present. The chairman is on leave while the others are out on official business. Thus, there is no quorum and the opening of bids is postponed and will be announced in the appropriate bid bulletin," Andin said.

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He however, had the bid box sealed as the deadline for the dropping of bids had expired 9:30 a.m. that day.

“Only the opening of bids will therefore be postponed. There will be no more dropping of bids," added Andin.

The BAC vice-chairman also clarified that even if there was only one bidder for the supply of the 400 patrol vehicles/passenger vans with 4-cylinder in-line, water cooling direct injection diesel engine, 12-passengers seating capacity with car stereo and cassette player and speakers specifications, the opening of bids and awarding to the winning supplier will push through.

"The law allows that. Even if there is only one bidder, it will push through,” stressed Andin, adding that other suppliers who purchased bid documents probably backed-out because of the inability to comply with the requirements and stipulated specifications.

The sole bidder for Purchase Request 13-3832 is one Foton Motors, a Manila-based Philippine distributor of a China-manufactured vehicle which just recently entered the Philippine market. The representative of the motor company was reported to have been asked by a Capitol official if they could supply the required number of vehicles in the specified time.

"I asked them that if ever they emerge the winning bidder, could they supply that in the specified time? Because were not talking tens or twenties here but hundreds. Ang sabi naman nila ay kaya daw," the official told Sun.Star Pampanga.

Meanwhile, the Foton representative during the bid conference accosted Sun.Star Pampanga and CLTV 36 reporters covering the activity, asking “why they were there and who sent them to cover the event.”

“We believe this is a public bidding and is open to all interested. We are here in the name of transparency and fair reporting,” the reporters told the representative. (Sun.Star Pampanga Reportorial Team)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 26, 2014.

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