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10 firms secure poll automation bid documents

Posted on: March 25, 2009

10 firms secure poll automation bid documents

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 18:02:00 03/25/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Technology (general), Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines—Ten groups have secured bid documents for the P11.3 billion poll automation project of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), an official said Wednesday.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez told INQUIRER.net that 10 groups have secured the terms of reference and request for proposal (TOR/RFP) from the Comelec Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) from March 18 to 25.

Among the early birds are Smartmatic-Total Information Management consortium and Avante International Technology Inc., two groups that provided the counting machines during the 2008 elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Other firms who secured the bid documents last week include Syrex Corp.-Scantron consortium, DVS Philippines-Samsung consortium, Indra Systems S.A. and Sequoia-Universal Storefront Services Co.

The last minute buyers of the bid documents were All Data International Inc., Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. , which bought the bid documents on March 24, and AMA Group Holdings Corp.-Election Systems and Software International Inc. consortium and Mega Data Corp., which secured the documents on March 25.

“It is possible all 10 companies will join but on a conservative outlook at least five companies including Avante and Smartmatic will surely join the bidding. At present, all we have are 10 potential bidders,” said Jimenez.

Comelec chairman Jose Melo said the poll body expected companies to form into groups since deploying at least 80,000 automated machines to all precincts was a huge undertaking.

On March 23, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law Republic Act 9525 or the supplemental bill allocating P11.3 billion for automating the 2010 elections.

The pre-bid conference has been set on March 27, followed by the opening of bids on April 27.

Lawyer Ferdinand Rafanan who is also SBAC chairman will handle the bid for the procurement of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

The bid documents detail the requirement and technical specifications of the automated election system for the 2010 elections, which has three components: PCOS, election management system and overall project management, said Jimenez.

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