Capitol’s BAC TWG admits ‘mistake’ during bidding for heavy equipment

THE Provincial Board (PB) ad hoc committee on the bids and awards committee (BAC) initially found discrepancies in the technical specification and computation during the bidding of the heavy equipment that the Capitol intends to purchase.

PB Member Grecilda Sanchez, head of the committee, said the discrepancies will have a “bearing” on whether the PB will decide to authorize the governor to sign the contract with supplier ConEquip Phils Inc.

One of these is that the BAC erred in computing the horsepower of the equipment offered by one of the contractors, resulting to the latter’s disqualification.

The PB ad hoc committee earlier called Provincial Administrator Mark Tolentino and Provincial General Services Office Head Jone Siegfred Sepe and asked them about the bidding of the P253 million worth of heavy equipment.

The bidding became an issue after the BAC awarded the contract to ConEquip, which submitted the highest bid at P250.6 million.

“The committee found out that there were some technical issues. Number one is the computation of the technical working group (TWG), which is erroneous... This leads us to conclude nga posible nga ang (it is possible that the BAC) technical working group is not competent,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez was referring to the post-disqualification Tolentino, BAC chairman, sent to Civic Merchandising Inc., one of the bidders.


In Tolentino’s letter addressed to Arsenio Longakit, authorized representative of Civic Merchandising, dated Nov. 4, 2015, the BAC found out that the heavy equipment offered by the contractor were “to be non-complying with the specifications of the equipment required.”

According to the notice of post-disqualification, the BAC required “straight dozer” for the crawler tractor but Civic Merchandising offered an “angle dozer.”

For the vibratory roller, BAC required a minimum of 100 horsepower (hp) yet the vibratory roller Civic Merchandising offered had a 74 hp.

However, in a letter dated Nov. 11, 2015, Civic Merchandising’s assistant vice president for Visayas operations Benito Jomoc told Tolentino that the Supplemental/Bid Bulletin Addendum 15-36 specified that the requirement for crawler tractor is “angle or straight dozer.”

For the vibratory roller, Jomoc explained that their model SD110 has an engine power of 99 kilowatts (kw).

To get the hp, the kilowatt must be divided by 0.746.

As a result, Civic has an offer of 132.7 hp which is above the BAC’s minimum requirement of 100 hp.

Jomoc surmised that instead of dividing kilowatt by 0.746, “your staff might have multiplied the kw by the factor 0.746, thus 99 kw x 0.746=73.458 or round off is 74 hp.”

“Importante kaayo ang capability sa TWG. Naa man gud sila’y admitted fact nga nasayop sila’g compute (The TWG’s capability is very important. They admitted that they committed a mistake on the computation),” Sanchez said.

Aside from this error, Sanchez said there was a problem on the basis of the BAC TWG in choosing a dump truck that has a smaller engine with a bigger dump box.

She said she will have the full report of the PB ad hoc committee before Jan. 18.

The PB will decide during the session on Jan. 18 whether to authorize the governor to sign the contract with ConEquip.

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