The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is hoping to put an end to the nationwide shortage of fire trucks following the conduct of a bidding for the purchase of 469 fire atrucks amounting to more than P2 billion.
In the open bidding conducted by the BFP last week, the joint venture of LDLA Marketing and Wuhan Automobile Refitting Factory of China bested other competitors with a bid of P2.325 billion.
The bid was P250 million lower than the one submitted by its nearest competitor, the joint venture of Kolonwel Trading and Hubei Jiangnan Special Automobile Factory.
A third bidder, Adlib International Sales, was disqualified for submitting insufficient documentation.
Chief Supt. Rodrigo Abrazaldo, chairman of the BFP bids and awards committee (BAC), said the bid proposal of LDLA-Wuhan will be subjected to post qualification to determine its responsiveness to the eligibility and bid requirements. If determined to be qualified, the BAC can officially declare the LDLA as the winner.
According to the BFP, the approved budget for the contract is P2.589 billion and the cost of each fire truck of 244 units of P1,000 capacity and 225 units of 500-gallon capacity should not exceed P6 million and P5 million, respectively.