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Comelec: 70% of bid queries answered No more pre-bid conference

Posted on: April 13, 2009

Comelec: 70% of bid queries answered
No more pre-bid conference

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 15:28:00 04/13/2009

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

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) has answered about 70 percent of the bid queries on the P11.2 billion poll automation project, an official said on Monday.

SBAC chairman Ferdinand Rafanan said the group has two remaining weeks left for publishing supplemental bid bulletins.

“We have answered about 70 percent of bidder queries on the terms of reference and request for proposal (TOR/RFP) and we are still receiving vendor queries until April 17. We will answer all queries no later than on April 20 because we want to iron out these issues before the public bidding,” said Rafanan.

Rafanan said clarifications and answers on vendor queries regarding the bid documents were published as supplemental bid bulletins, which later become part of the bid documents.

Bid bulletins are published on the Comelec and e-Government Procurement System websites.

Some of the common queries pertained to eligibility requirements, transmission requirements during technical evaluation and financial, liquidity conditions and deployment of machines during field test, mock elections and actual deployment on election Day.

Meanwhile, Rafanan said the SBAC would not hold another pre-bid conference, following one that was held on March 27.

“There will be no pre-bid conference. The SBAC will answer vendor queries on bid bulletins, which pave for more economic, more efficient ways of communications between the Comelec and vendors. If we are to hold another pre-bid conference, SBAC should have made an announcement before the Holy Week break,” said Rafanan.

“The SBAC is preparing for the opening of bids on April 27 and we are also working hard to understand and learn the workings of the procurement law and procedures. We want to hold the procurement of machines according to the law,” said Rafanan.

The SBAC oversees the procurement of the 80,000 precinct count optical scan machines. It also conducted the sale of bid documents and the pre-bid conference last month.

On April 27, the SBAC is scheduled to open all bids, followed by technical evaluation of machines from April 30 to May 8, based on the project timeline.


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