Negotiated procurement for P486-M airport project

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The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will enter into a negotiated procurement for its closed-circuit television (CCTV) project worth nearly half a billion pesos.

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Two failed biddings have already been announced as participating bidders were unable to meet, among others, technical requirements for the project, a statement said on Thursday.

Under the procurement law, or Republic Act (RA) 9184, a negotiated mode of procurement may take place after two failed biddings under the standard process.

The three bidders who participated in the latest bidding will be invited to take part in the negotiation.

“[I]n all instances, the procuring entity shall ensure that the most advantageous price for the government is obtained,” RA 9184 provides.

Project cost is pegged at P486 million.

The airport authority makes it clear, however, that technical specifications of the project will remain the same, including the installation of 719 cameras.

Bidding for the project began in February 2014 but was canceled because of an advisory from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines that said CCTVs should not be wireless as such may interfere with navigational equipment.

Succeeding biddings in August 2014 and February of this year were declared a failure as bidders were unable to meet certain requirements.

Meanwhile, the MIAA said it has no existing project that bundles X-ray machines and CCTVs for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) with any contractor.

Reports had said that the MIAA awarded a contract to a certain winning bidder for X-ray machines and CCTVs and that it still owes the bidder half of the contract amount.

The reports added that the authority’s supposed indebtedness was the reason why CCTVs have not been fully installed at the airport.

The 382 CCTVs currently installed at the NAIA that were procured during past administrations have been fully paid for.

MIAA management will procure another set of CCTVs for Terminals 1, 2 and 4; the airport perimeter; and roads leading to the terminals.

It thanked former Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino for his concern for security measures at the NAIA.

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