Poll body opens bid for P291-M ballot packaging contract

November 10, 2012 12:23 am 

By Janice Cave

MANILA, Nov 9 — Four bidders for the ballot packaging service attended the Commission on Elections opening of its pre-bid conference for the 2013 elections in its main office in Intramuros.

The bidders were: Noah's Paper Mills, Integrated Packaging Corp., Bookman Marketing in a joint venture with Negros PH Logistics Corp. and Myron Rae Marketing.

In an interview with reporters, lawyer Helen Flores, head of the poll body's Special Bid and Awards Committee, said the ballot packaging service includes the sealing of ballots in plastic bags and placing them in sealed boxes.

She said other prospective bidders may still purchase bid documents until the open bidding on Nov 21.

"This service would include the warehouse of the ballots after they've been printed by the National Printing Office. That's why we require that the warehouse should be accessible to the NPO or within Metro Manila," she said.

"We have certain requirements and the most important is that the ballot packaging would ensure the integrity of the ballots. Sometimes, we ship these ballots through boats," she said.

The approved budget contract is P292 million.

Flores also said that the SBAC is ready to award contracts to winning bidders with the "consumables" such as marking pens, ink toners, thermal papers and batteries.

The supply of thermal papers was awarded to Consolidated Paper Products while the batteries to JV FUMACO Inc. and LCTSI. JV SPH Int. Corp.

Winning bidders for marking pens and toners are Advance Paper Corp. and Optimal System Distribution Inc.

However, she said bidding for the lease and warehouse of configuration facilities and transmission services both failed.

Transmission modem, on the other hand, was awarded to Smartmatic-Technology Information Management, the supplier of the Precinct Optical Scan machines but Flores said the poll body "held in abeyance" its awarding of contract since they would still check if they would need additional modems.

"Nakadepend kasi yung need namin sa modem sa negotiations ng transmission services," she said.

In the bidding of CF cards, Flores said it also failed twice.

"So we also recommend negotiations for this," she said.

Bidding for the National Support Center would start on Monday, she added. (PNA)

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