13 September 2014

Only One Company Eligible for Contract to Supply Boats

13 September 2014

Two rigid-hull inflatable boats will be acquired for the Philippine Navy (photo : americanspecialops)

A local entity was the only company declared eligible to proceed to the next step of the bidding process to supply two rigid-hull inflatable boats for the Philippine Navy.

Anwelh Holdings, Inc. was the sole bidder that met all the eligibility requirements set by the Department of National Defense’s Special Bids and Awards Committee II for the P63-million contract.

This developed after bids for the supply contract were opened in Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday.

Four local vessel manufacturers that competed in the auction included Stoneworks Specialist International Corp., Propmech Corp., and Geneve S.A. Philippines, Inc.

Two other foreign companies that participated included Indonesia-based company P.T. Lundin Industry and Korean firm Hanwha Corp.

Five other bidders were declared ineligible due to documentary deficiencies and lack of certification required by government procurement procedures, Major Robert B. Maraon, legal officer of the Technical Working Group for the project, said.

“There are MRs (motion for reconsiderations) and then the other [bidders] may get reconsidered then we will proceed with the opening of the financial proposals,” Mr. Maraon told BusinessWorld in a phone interview.

Under current procurement laws, bidders may file an appeal three days after they are declared ineligible. But since the third day would fall on a Sunday, Mr. Maraon said they would accept filing until Monday, Sept 15.

The opening of financial proposals, on the other hand, will be done within ten days after the bid opening date, he said.

Rigid-hull inflatable boats are lightweight sea vessels designed for rough sea military operations by the Philippine Navy.

Besides being able to load light to medium armaments, these vessels are designed to maintain bouyancy especially during stormy weather.

These type of boats are usually used by the elite Philippine Navy Special Operations Group.

(Business World)

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