• Indian tech firm sole bidder for LTFRB project

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    Indian integrated technology solutions provider IL&FS Technologies Ltd. was the only qualified bidder to turn up last Friday for the auction of the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) P298-million information technology system project.

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    The other qualified bidder for the public-private partnership (PPP) project, Tech Mahindra Ltd., was barred from submitting its offer after its representatives were eight minutes late. The deadline for the submission of bids at the Department of Transportation and Communications in Ortigas was 2 p.m.

    “Pursuant to the provision on the instruction to bidders, one of the basis for disqualification is late submission,” LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez said.

    Six companies had initially expressed interest in the project: IL&FS, Tech Mahindra, Stradcom Corp., Real Time Data Management Services Inc., SMS Global Technologies Inc. and Vibal Group Inc.

    Although it could have asked for a reconsideration Tech Mahindra opted to withdraw from the bidding.

    The P298-million project, which will run for 11 and a half years, aims to upgrade the LTFRB’s existing IT infrastructure. It will include the computerization of manual processes; development, supply and operationalization of network infrastructure and database; and needed applications.

    The computerization effort will help clean up existing LTFRB data, enhance data collection and processing, and effect integration within the agency and with other government offices.

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