Thursday, June 28, 2018

DOTr Disqualifies Prospective Bidders With Pending Cases vs the Government

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) will no longer allow prospective bidders with pending cases against the government to participate in all its bidding activities.
In a Memorandum dated June 26, 2018, DOTr Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and Procurement Reinier Paul Yebra said DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade’s instruction is in line with the procurement principles under Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act for a streamlined bidding process.
“Common sense lang naman ‘yan. May kaso nga, may problema, bakit mo naman hahayaan na kumita pa gamit ang pera ng taumbayan? Prospective bidders who want to do business with government must have a clean record, and must have a history of good dealings with the government. It’s that simple,” said Secretary Tugade.

Usec. Yebra added the DOTr is duty-bound to ensure that all prospective bidders are properly screened towards the goal of preventing opportunities for corruption in government. 
Accordingly, Yebra said all prospective bidders are required to submit a Certification, under oath, certifying that they have no pending case/s against the government. This Certification shall be included in the Bid Data Sheet of Bidding Documents that the DOTr requires for all its projects.
“Failure of a bidder to comply with the requirement or submission of a false Certification shall constitute a ground for automatic disqualification,” Yebra said.

The disqualification of prospective bidders with pending cases against the government is one of the reforms instituted by Secretary Tugade in an effort to promote good governance and transparency in the agency's bidding and procurement processes. 

For the first time in the agency’s history, Secretary Tugade last year ordered the livestreaming of bidding processes of all DOTr projects. 

He also required bidders seeking to work with DOTr to file  their bids and other correspondences via e-mail to foster a fast, free, convenient and secure bidding procedure.

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