Fire Bureau urges BIR to probe bidders on procurement of fire-fighting gears

February 18, 2012 12:22 am 

MANILA, Feb. 17 – The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Friday urged the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to investigate the bidders in the procurement of BFPs Personal Protective Equipment (PPE ) or fire-fighting gears whether they complied or not with the Electronic Filing and Payment System (eFPS).

The eFPS is a mandatory requirement for all prospective bidders participating in any government procurement of goods and services.

In a letter to Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, BFP Officer-in-Charge Chief Supt. Samuel R. Perez said the bidders for PPE should comply with eFPS as required by the BIR.

Pursuant to BIR Revenue Regulations 3-2005 and Government Procurement Policy Board (GPBB) Circular No. 02-2005, “it is imperative the BFP’s post-qualified bidder must have complied with the submission of eFPS Income Tax Returns and Tax Clearance, failure to comply with this requirement shall result in the disqualification of the post-qualified bidder”.

The GPPB, which crafted the Philippine Bidding Documents (PBD) said the eFPS was a mandatory requirement in the bidders in the government procurement of goods and services.

Perez said the BIR should check the record of the various companies if they were complying with the eFPS considering that what was at stake here was the procurement of 4,197 pieces of fire helmet, sets of fire coats and trousers, pairs of fire gloves and pairs of fire boots with a total amount of P 242.8 million.

Among the prospective bidders in the PPEs are Panpisco Technologies, Blims Marketing, 911 Alarm and Kolonwel Trading. (PNA) RMA/JCA

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