Comelec Tackles P11-B Bid

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Comelec Tackles P11-B Bid


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) tackles in an en banc session Tuesday the crucial issue of whether it will have to get the approval of the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) on the R11.3 billion project for the full automation of the May 10, 2010, elections before it could proceed with the public bidding or before it could implement the multi-billion peso contract that it will award to the winning bidder.Chairman Jose A.R. Melo and Commissioners Rene V. Sarmiento, Nicodemo T. Ferrer, Leonardo L. Leonida, Lucenito N. Tagle, Armando C. Velasco and Elias R. Yusoph said they will attend today’s en banc session in full force to tackle not only of whether or not to get the approval of GPPB on the R11.3 billion project but also other equally crucial issues vital to the success of the automation of next year’s major political exercise.This crucial issue cropped up in last Friday’s pre-bid conference on the R11.3 billion project conducted by the Comelec’s Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC). A representative of one of the 10 prospective bidders that obtained bid documents for the non-refundable amount of P1 million or $20,000 per set asked the SBAC whether or not it should get GPPB approval on the project.The prospective bidders aired concerns that the issue of GPPB approval, if not addressed decisively, could jeopardize the bidding for the P11.3 billion full automation of 2010 polls or torpedo its implementation when the contract or contracts are finally awarded.The SBAC, headed by Comelec Law Department Director Ferdinand T. …

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