On Customs’ bidding process
This refers to your news article entitled “Customs disqualifies powerhouse IT firms” which appeared in the February 11, 2015 issue of the Manila Standard.
We wish to apprise you of the following facts relative to the Selection of System Integrator for the Design, Implementation, Operation and Maintenance of Integrated Enhanced Customs Processing System and National Single Widow for the Government of the Philippines.
The bidding for the above mentioned computerization project of the Bureau of Customs is being conducted jointly by the Procurement service-DBM and the Bureau of Customs, and the Bids and Awards Committee which conducts the bidding is composed of four (4) officials from the former and one (1) official from the latter.
During the short-listing process, five (5) interested consultant-bidders submitted documents for purposes of short-listing. Four (4) of them were declared “passed” during the opening of the documentary submission and one (1) was declared ineligible.
All consultant-bidders participated as joint ventures.
After preliminary evaluation of the four (4) bidders, only one was shortlisted. Of the three bidders which were not included in the shortlist, two (2) were declared ineligible based on several grounds, as required under RA 9184 and its IRR and one failed to reach the minimum score to be shortlisted.
The bidders that were disqualified filed their respective requests for reconsideration which the BAC resolved, denying them. None of them filed protest, questioning the BAC decision, in accordance with the procedure laid down under R.A. 9184 and its IRR.
In all procurement stages, observers were invited pursuant to R.A. 9184 and its IRR, and there were observers who attended in almost all major bidding activities. These observers, by far, have not made any exception report on our bidding processes.
There is no award yet as the bid of the shortlisted consultant is still undergoing evaluation.
With this we hope we have clarified matters at hand.
FRANCIS MARIE N. PALOMO
Supervising Administrative Officer
Bureau of Customs