2 members of Comelec's Bids Committee back out

September 17, 2010 10:11 am 

MANILA, Sept. 16 – Two members of the newly-constituted Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) have withdrawn from their posts.

BAC chairman and Comelec's Law Department head Atty. Ferdinand Rafanan said the officials who backed out are Atty. Dindo Maglasang, head of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Elections and Barangay Affairs Department, and Atty. Jubil Surmieda, head of the Secretariat of the Law Department.

“Umayaw sila (they backed out), invoking other tasks that they have to do in their respective departments… As if I don’t have any other things to do,” Rafanan said.

BAC was constituted just recently after its former members were suspended for their alleged involvement in the aborted purchase of overpriced ballot secrecy folders for the May 10 polls.

Rafanan said the successive backing out of BAC members is one of the main reasons why the bidding for the procurement of the poll paraphernalia needed for the Oct. 25 Barangay and SK polls has been delayed.

He clarified, however, that there is still enough time to purchase the items, but the timeline for the bidding and procurement is already very tight.

Based on the BAC Memorandum 10-0006, the items that will be up for bidding are printing and delivery of election forms (tally sheet, certificate of voters, official receipt of election returns), supply and delivery of various election supplies (ballpen, carbon paper, secrecy folder), as well as the supply and delivery of supplies for use by the working committees (cargo sticker, plastic acetate, brown envelope).

It stated that all bidding documents may be purchased in the amount of P5,000 with the pre-bid conference set on Sept. 21.

All bids should be delivered to the BAC Secretariat at the Comelec Session Hall on Oct. 4 at 10 a.m.

Rafanan also said that the tight timeline has already forced them to look into the possibility of disregarding a public bidding and resort to other modes of government procurement such as direct contracting, shopping, limited source bidding and negotiated contract.

He added that they have also looked into the possibility of procuring some of the supplies via the Department of Budget and Management’s Procurement Service, which is a market for common office supplies use in government. (PNA)

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