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Pre-bid conference for poll automation set

Posted on: March 26, 2009

Pre-bid conference for poll automation set

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 10:22:00 03/26/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines—Potential bidders for the multi-billion poll automation project of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) could clarify concerns on the terms of reference and the request for proposal (TOR/RFP) on Friday, an official said Thursday.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the pre-bid conference would all 10 groups that have secured bid documents to also raise concerns about provisions on the TOR/RFP before the Comelec Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC).

“During the pre-bid conference, the potential bidders can address questions to the SBAC anything from complex questions regarding technical specifications to simple requests of clarification concerning provisions in the TOR/RFP,” said Jimenez.

Questions on the TOR/RFP can later be addressed to the SBAC in the form of written queries until April 17, the spokesperson said.

Answers of the SBAC and modifications to the TOR/RFP would be published through bid bulletins, which would also become part of the TOR/RFP, Jimenez added.

Bidders could get copies of the bid bulletins, which would be posted at the Comelec and the Government e-Procurement System websites.

Between March 18 to 25, a total of 10 groups bought the TOR/RFP from the SBAC Secretariat for a non-refundable amount of P1 million.

These 10 firms are Smartmatic-Total Information Management consortium, Avante International Technology Inc., Syrex Corp.-Scantron consortium, DVS Philippines-Samsung consortium (bought TOR/RFP on March 18), Indra Systems S.A., Sequoia-Universal Storefront Services Co. (March 19), All Data International Inc., Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (March 24), AMA Group Holdings Corp.-Election Systems and Software International Inc. consortium and Mega Data Corp. (March 25).

The pre-bid conference will be held at the Convention Hall of the Bureau of Treasury in Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros. The conference will start at 10 a.m.

To encourage transparency, the Comelec has invited the media and interested parties to televise and observe the pre-bid conference, according to Jimenez.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law on March 23 the P11.3-billion supplemental budget that would allow the Comelec to automate the 2010 polls.


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