5 companies bid to corner new LTO IT system

November 27, 2012 11:33 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 27 – Five of the nine companies that purchased bid documents have showed up in the first round of the bidding for the Land Transportation Office-Road Transportation IT Infrastructure Project Tuesday.

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya said among the five companies, Digitext Asia Corp. submitted the lowest bid of P3.8 billion followed by Fritz and Macziol Asia that presented second lowest bid at P5.3 billion.

The Eurolink Network was third lowest with at P5.8 billion while the financial bids of Kaisa Consulting and Ceragon Network have not been opened due to lack of technical requirements.

”It’s part of our open and transparent procurement process,” said Abaya, who took over DOTC only last month.

The bidding process pushed through after the Court of Appeals set aside the temporary restraining order issued by a Quezon City court against the project

The four other companies which purchased bidding documents but did not participate in the bidding were Stradcom Corporation, which is the current system provider of the LTO IT system, Smartmatic, Oberthur Technologies and Indra Sistemas, S.A.

Abaya said DOTC and LTO will now proceed in the bid evaluation and post-qualification process including resolving the remaining issues with the non-complying bidders and other technical and administrative matters.

Abaya said the new IT system will provide a viable and long-term solution to address the current system’s issues.

The previous LTO IT system, which has been running for 13 years, is no longer responsive to current land transportation regulation requirements. Once the new LTO-IT system is in place, it will make it easier for authorities to recover stolen vehicles, trace smuggled vehicles, prevent double registration and monitor unregistered vehicles,” Abaya said.

Abaya said once the once the automation systems of LTO and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board are up and running, the government will be able to eliminate cases of PUVs securing an LTFRB franchise without LTO registration, as well as PUVs that are registered with the LTO but have no LTFRB franchise. (PNA)

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