Philippine Daily Inquirer

2 bidders in the running for fuel marking system contract

- By Ben O. de Vera @bendeveraI­NQ

Two bidders will officially slug it out for the contract to establish a nationwide fuel marking system as part of the government’s bid to arrest oil smuggling under the Tax Reform for Accelerati­on and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

Jaime M. Navarrete Jr., chair of the Department of Budget and Management-Procuremen­t Service’s (DBM-PS) bids and awards committee for the fuel marking system, told the Inquirer that Texas-based Authentix Inc. and a joint venture between Switzerlan­d-based SICPA SA and SGS Philippine­s Inc. were qualified to bid as consultant­s.

On the DBM-PS website, Navarrete said that based on the eligibilit­y documents submitted by the two prospectiv­e bidders last June 20, SICPA and SGS’ joint venture scored 96.25, while Authentix’s score was 94.75.

The two will be entitled to an open competitiv­e bidding procedures under the implementi­ng guidelines of Republic Act No. 9184 or the Government Procuremen­t Reform Act.

The DBM-PS and the Bureau of Customs earlier set the price ceiling for the fuel marking at P0.08 per liter over a fiveyear period.

The firm to be chosen by the government is expected to assist in establishi­ng a system that will supply and inject fuel markers in all taxable oil products, except Jet A-1, Avgas, crude oil and LPG, implement and manage a fuel testing program, train and ensure technology transfer to BOC and Bureau of Internal Revenue personnel.

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