Councilors order bid committee to explain ‘arranged’ bids

By Rubyloida Bitog

Saturday, July 21, 2012

ITOGON, Benguet –- The legislative body of the town summoned the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the town to explain why there appears to be pre–arranged bids.

Vice Mayor Noel Ngolob said the town received comments from the Commission on Audit (COA) through its year-end report that states the bidding of the municipality is not competitive and is not in accordance with the law.

Ngolob added the COA observed a single bidder for every project bidded out in town.

This is what the commission wanted the town to eradicate and must have a competitive bidding of infrastructure projects.

The vice mayor said the COA suspected the biddings conducted were pre–arranged. Ngolob added that in order to avoid such suspicions, he also encourages the BAC to have a competitive bidding of projects to comply with the terms and conditions set by the national laws on bidding.

Committee Chairman on Infrastructure Councilor Johnny Galutan said he had been observing this kind of practice of BAC in terms of bidding.

He requested the council to invite BAC to shed light on the process on how they conduct bids during their next regular meeting on July 24.

Galutan said it is only this year they experienced this situation. He said they wanted to have a fair and just bidding.

BAC Technical Working Group member Manuel Manzano Jr. admitted they had been having one bidder for every project.

However, he claimed the issue on the lone bidder is not under their control because the firms which usually participate in the bidding are independent companies.

He said their office cannot avoid some presumptions of pre–arranged bids. But he stressed they always followed the proper bidding process.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 21, 2012.


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