The Department of Transportation (DoTr) has issued a new memorandum restricting companies with pending cases versus the government to join any of its bidding projects.
In a statement on Thursday, June 28, the department expressed its strict adherence to the Government Procurement Reform Act, and therefore will start implementing a policy that would keep companies with issues concerning the government from earning through taxpayers’ money.
“Prospective bidders who want to do business with government must have a clean record, and must have a history of good dealings with the government. It’s that simple,” Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade was quoted as saying.
In the statement, he said interested bidders must now include a certification in its Bid Data Sheet of Bidding Documents, proving do not have any case against the government.
The DoTr is holding a number of bidding projects across all sectors, among which are the construction of the North-South Commuter Railway, the expansion of the passenger terminal building at the Lubang Airport, and the construction of the Higatangan Port in Brgy. Mabini Higatangan Island. — Denise A. Valdez