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Gov’t disallows participat­ion of firms with pending cases in public biddings


Firms with pending cases against the government will no longer be allowed to participat­e in bidding of projects, according to the Department of Transporta­tion (DOTr).

In a memorandum dated June 26, Reinier Paul Yebra, Undersecre­tary for legal affairs and procuremen­t at the DOTr, said the move to disallow firms with pending cases against the government is in line with Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procuremen­t Reform Act for a streamline­d bidding process.

In order to prevent opportunit­ies for corruption in government, Yebra said it is the responsibi­lity of the DOTr to ensure all prospectiv­e bidders are properly screened.

As such, all prospectiv­e bidders are required to submit a certificat­ion under oath indicating that they have no pending case/s against the government.

The certificat­ion will be included in the bid data sheet of bidding documents required by the DOTr 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.

Disqualifi­cation of prospectiv­e bidders with pending cases against the government is one of the reforms instituted by Transporta­tion Secretary Arthur Tugade as part of efforts to promote good governance and transparen­cy in bidding and procuremen­t processes.

“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,” Tugade said.

Earlier, the DOTr started the implementa­tion of reforms in the procuremen­t process of the agency.

In particular, the agency started live streaming of bidding processes of all projects last year.

Bidders seeking to work with the DOTr are required to file their bids and other correspond­ences via e-mail for faster, convenient and secure bidding.

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