OTC bags P5.8-M stamp pads deal with Comelec

April 13, 2010 10:05 pm 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, April 13 – IT’S not at all a lost for the supposed supplier of the multi-million ballot secrecy folders, as it got the P5.76-million contract to supply stamp pads that will be used in the coming May 10 elections.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) on Tuesday said the poll body awarded the to OTC (One Time Carbon) Paper Supply the contract for the supply 360,000 pieces of thumbprint and/or fingerprint taker.

According to Lea Alarkon, BAC chairperson, each stamp pad cost P16 and could have at least 600 clear fingerprint impressions.

OTC was supposed to provide the more than 1.8 million pieces of ballot secrecy folder, each priced at P380.

But, Comelec chairman Jose Melo refused to sign the purchase of the P690-million contract awarded to OTC, saying that the agreement was too costly for the commission.

The contract was eventually scrapped as the poll body decided not to push through with the acquisition of the 25-inch folder, noting that they will just use an ordinary folder.

On the other hand, Comelec Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer said that the contract for the stamp pad was separate from the ballot secrecy folder agreement.

He added that OTC was not blacklisted. (PNA) RMA/FGP/utb

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