Comelec conducts pre-bid conference for the procurement of election materials

Comelec conducts pre-bid conference for the procurement of election materials

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has conducted the pre-bid conference for the procurement of election materials for the May 9 national and local polls.

According to Atty. Rey Doma, acting chairman of the Comelec-Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), several bidders have purchased bid documents for the supply of employees T-shirts and safety scissors.

“Ang mga prospective bidders ay nagtanong pa lang ng question nila. Ang bid opening ay sa April 13 pa,” he said.

The bidders for the T-shirts are: Cyn Trading and Services and Cotton City Marketing. The project has an Approved Budget of Contract (ABC) of Php1,231,600 for 6,518 pieces at Php200 each.

For the 100,000 pieces of safety scissor at P10 per piece with an ABC of Php1 million, three companies have submitted their bids. They are: Javes Paper Supply and General Merchandise, Quezon City; AGP Trading, Paranaque City; and Les 1 Enterprise, Quezon City.

On the other hand, Doma said there is no initial bidder for the bib vest for Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) and support staff which they will wear on Election Day.

A total of 354,053 vests will be acquired with an ABC of Php26,553,975 at Php75 each.

Asked on why there are many vest to purchase, the poll body official said, “Isinama kasi yong sa support staff, 72,0000, kaya dumami. Original ‘yung three members lang ng BEI.”

Meanwhile, the Comelec will be saving Php30 million for the receptacles where the voter receipts to be issued by vote count machines (VCMs) will be placed after voting in the May 9 polls.

According to Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista, they will no longer conduct a bidding for the acquisition of receptacles as they will reuse the old ballot boxes (black) they used in the past polls.

“Ang hindi matutuloy e ‘yung (bidding) receptacles dahil ang gagamitin e ung mga kahon para sa mga balota. Ito ‘yung itim na kahon,” he said.

Bautista added, “So makakatipid tayo ng mga Php30 million from the receptacles.”

The black ballot boxes were previously used in the 2010 and 2013 polls as ballot containers.

The Comelec has enabled the vote receipts feature of the VCMs after the Supreme Court (SC) ordered the former to issue the receipt which is required under the law. PNA/