The Bids and Awards Committee declared Con Equip, a supplier from Cebu, as having the lowest calculated bid at the opening of bids at the Bacolod City Government Center yesterday for the purchase of the crawler/bulldozer for the Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office.
BAC chairman and General Services Officer Jerome Solinap, however, said this is not a guarantee that the project will be awarded to the bidder since they have to check its eligibility documents as a post qualification process.
“Con Equip has the lowest calculated bid for now, because there is an incoming protest from TKC Heavy Industrial Corporation that might offer a lower bid,” he said.
TKC, represented by Cyrus Catacutan, failed to meet the requirement under the pass and fail criteria because it did not state the amount of contracts it had entered or had been awarded to it which should be at least 50 percent of the Approved Budget for the Contract (which is P22 million), so the BAC gave it three days to file a protest.
Con Equip, represented by Chanda Gordon, offered a bid of P10.3 million; Tukobesta Enterprise offered P15.9 million and Paccad Merchandising offered P12,495,000.00.
Most of the bidders were from Cebu except for Tukobetsa which is from Caloocan.
The BAC noted that no representative from the Social Action Center was present yesterday.
Solinap said the P22 million will be sourced from the budget of the City Engineer’s Office and City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office.
He said the next process is for the bidders to submit to the BAC post qualification requirement and come up with the lowest responsive bid.
Solinap said the city needs to purchase the heavy equipment since it needs it for the dumpmsite. He said the city has been renting a bulldozer for P12,000 a month for several years already and Mayor Monico Puentevella sees the need to buy one for long term use.
Councilor Roberto Rojas noted during a public hearing yesterday that the bidders for the crawler/bulldozers are offering China-made equipment and he believes the city should purchase a good kind so it will last longer.*CGS