Something smells fishy on DepEd’s P14-B biddings?

By Chito Junia

It could have been just a case of lapse in judgment if it happened once. 

However, if it happened twice in a row, this might already be a policy issue. 

This observation came out after reports emanating from the Department of Education (DepEd) indicated that two companies have managed to participate in recent DepEd biddings despite their dubious and questionable records.


Compliance Issues

It was gathered that one of the companies joined in DepEd’s recent bidding for the supply of over P4 -B worth of science laboratory equipment, while the other firm participated in the bidding for the supply of over P10 billion worth of computers for the country’s public secondary schools.

According to earlier reports, one of the bidders for DepEd’s recent bidding for over P 4 billion worth of science laboratory equipment has a pending compliance issue with the Bacolod City government.

This after it allegedly delivered of a tourist bus with used engine, instead of a brand new unit, as indicated in the purchase order. 

A former Bacolod City mayor and three others have already been charged criminally and administratively for the alleged anomalous purchase of the tourist bus worth P 3.9-M.

It was also revealed that the same bidder had compliance issues with the Bacolod City Schools Division after its K-12 interactive language laboratory for the city’s 22 public high schools worth P 41 million were rejected by Bacolod City DepEd officials over its failure to comply with terms and specifications.


Defective and Non-Working Computers

And most recently, in DepEd’s recent bidding for the supply, testing and installation of over P 10 billion worth of computers for the country’s public secondary schools, among its nine (9) bidders for the project is a company that is the subject of an alleged report by a transparency group.

The said company was subjected to an investigation after it purportedly delivered defective and non-working computers to several public elementary schools in the country in 2015.  

Our sources say this contractor is well-connected with DepEd officials. 

How could DepEd’s Bids and Awards Committees for the two biddings have missed such critical information in evaluating the eligibility requirements of its prospective bidders?

Does DepEd require a certificate of good standing and/or a certification from its prospective bidders that states their not having any pending case related to a contract with any government agency and/or compliance issues  with previous and/or current government contracts? 

Such information would help enable DepEd to ferret out suppliers and contractors with questionable standing, if not unqualified, for its various programs/projects. #

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