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Guv sees nothing irregular in P250 million heavy equipment deal

| by: Xerxes Alkuino

Governor Hilario P. Davide III reiterated that there was nothing irregular in the Capitol’s Php 250 million heavy equipment deal.

He told the media that the bidding is transparent and insinuation that the winning bidder is favored is “completely groundless.”

Wala tay gipaboran nga bidder, as a matter of fact dunay occasions nga dunay moadto sa opisina nako mismo magdala ug suppliers. (We don’t favor any bidder. As a matter of fact there were occasions when some people went to my office with a supplier.) Ako giingon nila nga bid lang mo because we have a procurement process here,” he said. (I told them to just bid because we have a procurement process here.)

Gov. Davide hosted the press conference in Moalboal town last December 1 during the distribution of cash incentives to the barangay workers.

He also brought along the members of the provincial government’s bids and awards committee (BAC).

The BAC recommended to award the heavy equipment purchase to Conequip Philippines as the bidder with the lowest calculated responsive bid (LCRB).

The other two bidders were disqualified in the post-qualification evaluation.

RDAK Transport Equipment and Civic Merchandising both offered the lowest calculated bid with Php 235.05 million and Php 237.17 million respectively. However, both bidders failed to comply with the specific requirements and conditions in accordance with the Government Reform Act (RA 9184).

“Evaluation was conducted not just on the amounts of the bid per se, but the amounts vis-as-vis certain specifications. One can be the lowest bidder but not responsive to all requirements and conditions specified in the bid documents. To be awarded the contract, the bidder must be the lowest calculated responsive bid,” according to the statement of the Capitol BAC.

The BAC also stated that the issue where the equipment came from is irrelevant as long as it passes the standards.

Last November 23, the 2015 BAC served the formal notice on the final disqualification of the two bidders for the supply of heavy equipment.

Gov. Davide said he was hurt by the allegations printed in local dailies and in radio commentaries that binuang (irregularity) has existed in the procurement process.

“The members of BAC of the provincial government have my unequivocal trust and confidence. I can vouch for their integrity. I can say in all honesty nga walay binuang diha sa atong (that there is no irregularity) bids and awards committee,” he said.

The governor said they needed to purchase heavy equipment primarily to speed up the repair and maintenance of provincial roads including barangays roads.

These are boom trucks, water tankers, dump trucks, tractors, forklifts, excavators, payloaders, graders and vibratory rollers.

This after the Capitol was compelled to rent heavy equipment after typhoons frequented Cebu and damaged several of its infrastructures.

At least Php 100 million is estimated to be saved by the Capitol with the acquisition of the heavy equipment since the work will be done in-house.

The members of the BAC are Provincial Administrator Atty. Mark Tolentino, Provincial General Service Office Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Jone Segfred Sepe, OIC Provincial Engineer Hector Jamora, OIC-Provincial Assessor Alma Sibonga, and Atty Donato Villa of the Provincial Legal Office.