May 7, 2009 3:08 am
By Ferdinand G. Patinio
MANILA, May 6 — It’s down to one from the original seven bidders.
This after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) disqualified six companies for their failure to present pertinent documents during the opening of bids in connection with the P11.2-billion contract for the automation of the 2010 elections.
The latest companies that were declared ineligible were Amalgamated Metro Philippines/Syrex Incorporation/Anishin, Inc. and AMA group of companies/Election System and Software.
According to the Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) Syrex failed to present its Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registration, while AMA did not submit its license to import.
Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Jose Melo said that they are a little concern on what is happening on the opening of the bids since the committee has disqualified six out of the seven companies that participated in the first round of the bidding.
“We are a little bit worried,” he said.
But SBAC chairman Atty. Ferdinand Rafanan stressed that they would not declare failure of bidding even if the majority of the companies have been disqualified since there is still one bidder left.
“May isa pang company ang natira. Hindi puedeng mag-declare na failed bidding dahil puede pa silang mag-file ng motion for reconsideration,” Rafanan explained.
The excluded companies have three days upon the receipt of the disqualification order to file their appeal while the SBAC has seven days to come up with its decision.
As of press time, the committee was scrutinizing the documents submitted by Gilat/F.F. Cruz and Company Inc./Filipinas System Inc.
On Monday, Avante International (Canon Marketing Phils./Netnode Technologies/DB Vizards/Creative Point) and Indra Sistemas (Strategic Holdings Inc./Hart Intercivic) were excluded by the panel for failing to submit their Certificate of Acceptance and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Certification, respectively.
For failing to submit their Certificate of Accreditation as Importer and ISO 9000 Certification, respectively, Sequoia Voting Systems and Universal Storefront Services, and Smartmatic/Total Information Management Corp. were also disqualified last Tuesday.
The companies originally pre-qualified for the contract that would automate the national and local elections in 2010 through the new technology, Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS). (PNA)