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PNP bids out short firearm requirements

The Philippine National Police will conduct one of the largest public bidding on Thursday (June 28) to fill up 100 percent of its short firearm requirements.

The bidding, through the agency’s Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), will take place at 2 p.m. at the PNP National Headquarters Main Conference Room in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

PNP Deputy Chief for Operations (TDCO) and BAC Chairman, Deputy Director General Emelito Sarmiento, said this bidding will be one of the largest procurements of the PNP since the Capability Enhancement Program (CEP) was established.

A total of 59,904 units of 9mm pistol with an estimated price of PhP1.198 billion will be procured from the funds of CEP 2011 and CEP 2012 to fill-up 100 percent of the PNP handgun requirement.

The CEP aims to provide the much needed equipment and logistical supplies to enhance the capability of police personnel as law enforcers as part of the PNP PATROL Plan 2030 and in accordance with the PNP Chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome’s 10-Point Action Plan particularly the Continuous Build-up of Police Equipage.

At least seven companies expressed their interests to join the public bidding for the said item on a Pre-Bid Conference conducted last June 7.

Sarmiento said interested bidders can still participate until the June 28 opening of the public bidding at Camp Crame.

Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using ”pass/fail” criteria as specified in the Revised IRR of RA 9184 otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”.

During the scheduled public bidding, the company that will be evaluated as the lowest calculated bidder (LCB) will have to undergo post-qualification including the 20,000 rounds “endurance test” to ensure the reliability and durability of the item.

Further, according to RA 9184, if the LCB “fails to meet any of the requirements or conditions, he shall be “post-disqualified” and the BAC shall conduct the post-qualification on the bidder with the second Lowest Calculated Bid”.

However, if the second LCB will be post-disqualified, then the next lowest calculated bidder will undergo the same post-qualification procedures until one eligible bidder is post-qualified.