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Six bidders join new bid for security services at Capitol

| by: Xerxes Alkuino

Despite the latest controversy, at least six security agencies continue to believe in the integrity of the Capitol’s Bids and Awards Committee.

They said their attendance in the Capitol’s pre-bidding conference for security services last July 11 confirmed it.

“Yes, of course. That is why we were here to join,” said Alex Montañez, president of Davao Cavaliers Security Agency. The agency did not join the previous bidding that was allegedly rigged as claimed by a media man.

This would be the second bidding held for security services after the first went controversial. The six participants included Tactical Security Services, GDS Security and Detective Agency and General Services, two of the three winning bidders of the previous bidding.

The other winning bidder Black Pearl Security Agency, which failed to qualify in the post-qualification procedure, no longer bothered to join the new bidding.

Montañez, however, said that the quality of security services in the Capitol may suffer. He reasoned that this is due Capitol’s insistence to pay lower bond to the winning bidder.

Under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Order No. 18-A, Series of 2011, the Capitol is required to pay “not less than ten percent of the total contract cost” as a guarantee for the payment of services of the contractor.

The bond is required by the labor law so that the salary of the security agents would not be compromised.

“If the province is very serious in doing this, they have to decide to get the best agency… Unsay mahitabo sa mga tawo nga mosud diri kay way klarong security? (What will happen to the people who are coming here because the security is not good?),” he said.

From the start, Provincial Administrator Atty. Mark Tolentino said BAC’s policy is to post bond lower than the 10 percent.

If it is challenged like what is happening now, he said, they will solicit the opinion of the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) that reviews Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.

“But since GPPB has already expressed that opinion, we just go with the GPPB policy,” said Atty. Tolentino.

He added that the procuring entities were also urged by GPPB to make sure that the labor standards are complied with.