The legislator tries to influence the tendering process, according to DBM

Representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy. (Photo from his Facebook account)

MANILA, Philippines – The Procurement Department of the Ministry of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) said on Thursday that the House’s impending investigation into the allegedly “dubious” purchase of laptops for public school teachers would disrupt what had been a legal and fair bidding process.

“Even if the PS-DBM wishes to comment and deal with the allegations, we are nevertheless prohibited from disclosing information concerning the evaluation of the offers until the publication of the award notice as provided for in article 32.1 of the revised enforcement rules. and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Law No. 9184 ”or the Law on Public Procurement Reform, he said in a statement.

He was referring to the call by Bagong Henerasyon representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy to investigate the ongoing purchase by the Department of Education (DepEd) of 39,000 laptops for public school teachers via PS -DBM.

“The tendering process is underway and no contract has been awarded. Thus, Representative Herrera-Dy’s call for a congressional inquiry is not only premature but extremely unfair, ”the PS-DBM said.

“By prejudging the bidder selection process, it is in fact trying to influence the end result of the PS-DBM purchase decision,” he added.

Herrera-Dy earlier said she had received information “that the contract [had] practically [been] obtained by the second lowest bidder at almost 2.3 billion pesos, which is 167 million pesos higher than the offer of the lowest bidder. This, she claimed, was in violation of RA 9184.

But according to the PS-DBM, “government projects are not automatically awarded to the bidder with the lowest bid but to bidders with the lowest calculated compliant bid (LCRB). LCRB is defined by law as the lowest bid from a technically, legally and financially capable supplier who meets all required technical specifications and stated on the tender documents.

“On the issue of the disqualification of the lowest bidder, as pointed out by Representative Herrera-Dy, if a bidder is disqualified with the decision of the Bids and Prices Committee, an appropriate forum for appeal is provided under Articles 55-58 from the same IRR, “It said. INQ

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