Election consumable goods set for award

Posted on October 01, 2012

THE SUPPLY of consumable goods for the midterm elections is set to be awarded by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to two winning firms, an official said, as it failed anew to auction the contract to store poll counting machines.

"Two lots are about to be awarded already. The notices of award contract are just being finalized by the Comelec en banc with the winning parties," Maria Victoria S. Dulcero, head of secretariat at Comelec’s Special Bids and Awards Committee, told BusinessWorld on Friday.

There was, however, no date specified for the issuance of the notice of award to the winning bidders.

She said the joint venture of SPH International Corp. and Advance Paper Corp. bagged the ₱32.8-million contract to provide marking pens, while Optimal Systems Distribution, Inc. obtained the ₱8.9-million contract to provide toners for printers.

"These firms passed all requirements including quality tests and have bid lower than the budget for the projects," Ms. Dulcero said.

The two projects were the first to be successfully bid out, she said.

The ₱1.04-billion "contract to provide ballots and ballot printing services was given to the National Printing Office as required by law," the official added.

The Comelec, meanwhile, is studying options for the 39-month lease of a warehouse to store over 80,000 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines. The project’s budget is ₱318.888 million.

"Sadly, the bidding for the project failed twice," Ms. Dulcero said, adding that "we are looking at option provided for by law."

The first auction of the storage contract was declared a failure for lack of bidders. The Comelec then reconfigured and rebid the contract, but the lone qualified bidder failed to pass a seven-day post qualification evaluation.

Republic Act No. 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act allows a negotiated contract or a direct procurement option for state-funded projects that underwent two failed auctions.

Ms. Dulcero noted that all of the ₱6.669 billion worth of poll projects will be bid out by yearend.

"We are fast-tracking the process for the bidding of equipment and services won’t spill into 2013," she said.

The midterm elections have been set for May 13, 2013. -- Antonio Siegfrid O. Alegado