Nalzaro: Overpriced Capitol equipment?

THE Provincial Board (PB) recently approved a resolution authorizing Gov. Hilario Davide III to sign a contract with ConEquip and Rdak Merchandizing, which joined forces to win the bid for the purchase of P252 million-worth of heavy equipment for the province's infrastructure projects.

ConEquip's and Rdak's joint venture offered the lowest bid of P227.412 million. Another bidder, D'Limitless, was disqualified. Other firms did not drop their bidding price claiming that the Provincial Bids and Awards Committee (PBAC) suddenly changed bidding rules. They are contemplating on filing a case against the PBAC members.

But before the PB members voted 8-4 to the resolution with two abstentions, they resolved first the issue on whether Provincial Administrator Mark Tolentino is qualified or not to be the chairman of the (PBAC). His service is a co-terminus with the governor.

Section 11 of Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act states that, “The BAC shall have at least five but not more than seven members. It shall be chaired by at least a third ranking permanent official of the procuring entity other than its head and its composition shall be specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).”

Budget Officer Danilo Rodas, who represented the BAC during the session, argued that the IRR of RA 9184 defines “permanent position” as that of “an employee listed in the plantilla position.” This, he said qualifies Tolentino.

It was the second bidding for the equipment purchase. The first bidding won by ConEquip was declared a failure by the governor following allegations of rigging. The PB, which had a different composition at that time, conducted an investigation and found out that some of the items to be purchased and to be supplied by ConEquip did not follow specifications and were overpriced.

What happened to those findings? Did the current PB, majority of whose members are old timers, not consider those findings in passing the resolution? ConEqup is the same supplier that won the first bidding. Did the PB make a thorough research before passing the resolution. Was its approval “railroaded”? Just asking.

The prices of the equipment offered by ConEquip/Rdak were mentioned in a PBAC report dated Nov. 28, 2016 and signed by Evangeline San Mateo, PBAC secretariat head. A concerned citizen, who is an expert in the heavy equipment industry, furnished me the list of the equipment and corresponding prices. He provided me with a comparison of the prices from other suppliers.

I also need the price list from the other companies for comparison. In the meantime, here are the list of prices:

--Three units hydraulic excavators, 0.6 cubic meters, Komatso PC 130-8 at P9.9 million each (units with 1 cubic meter bucket is around P6 million each).

--One unit crawler tractor (dozer), Komatsu D6EX at P21.6 million. (These are small units usually used in carving out fishponds. The road builders dozers are the D80/85, the D9s and the D155s. The D65s costs around P8-10 million.)

--Two units wheel loaders, 2.3 cubic meters bucket. Komatsu WA250-5 at P14.4 million each.

--Two units graders, 3.7m blade, Komatsu GD511A-1 at P14.850 million each.

--Two units vibro compactors, 12.5 tons Dynapac CA250D at P5.874 million each.

--One unit forklift, 5 tons, big yellow FD50 at P3.060 million.

--One unit man lift, Doosan T40180 at P12.599 million.

--One unit self loader, 10 wheeler, 20 tons, Sino track ZZ3257M2941 at P5.847 million.

--Eight units dump trucks, 6 wheeler, 10 tons, 7 cubic meter Sino Truck ZZ3167M381 at P4.651 million each (as reference, Geo Transport bought their China made 10 wheelers for US $40 thousand each. PB member Alex Binghay bought his 10 wheelers for P2.5 million each).

--One unit water tanker, 10KL, Sino Truck, ZZ3167M3811 at P6.3024 million.

--One unit boom truck, 5 tons, Sino Truck ZZ127G47150DI at P4.494 million.

--One unit crawler tractor (dozer), Komatsu D6EX-16 at P21.6 million.

--One unit dump truck, 6 wheeler, 10 tons, 7 cubic meters, Sino truck ZZ3167M3811 at P4.66 million.

--One unit self loader, 10 wheeler, 20 tons, ZZ3257M2941 at P5.874 million.

--One unit boom truck, 5 tons, Sino truck ZZ1127G4715D at P4.494 million.

Aber, kamong mga anaa sa heavy equipment industry, palihug kuno hatagi ko og comparison, aron atong tan-awon kun dili ba ni overpriced. Kun masakpan ra ba ni sila nga naay mas barato, moingon ra ba dayon ni sila nga “wa man moapil sa bidding.”

(bobby@sunstar.com.ph)
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