National Printing Office (NPO) Acting Director Emmanuel Andaya and four others have posted P30,000 bail for their provisional liberty over a graft case they are facing at the Sandiganbayan’s Third Division for allegedly awarding printing services for Travel Clearance Certificates (TCCs) to a firm without calling for a public bidding in 2010.
Andaya and then-NPO Bids and Awards Committee Chairman Sylvia Banda as well as then-BAC members Josefina Samson, Antonio Sillona and Ma. Gracia Enriquez posted bail last Friday based on the case records.
Last May, the Office of the Ombudsman filed the case, which stemmed from the procurement of 1,000 boxes of TCC as requested by the National Bureau of Investigation in 2010.
Named respondents were Andaya, Banda, Samson, Sillona, Enriquez and Bernadette Lagumen, who was also a BAC member then.
The Ombudsman accused the respondents of giving unwarranted benefits, advantage and preference to Advance Computer Forms Inc. by awarding the printing services of the TCCs “without conducting a competitive bidding or public bidding nor justified by the condition provided for by law and existing rules in resorting to alternative method of procurement, in violation of Republic Act [RA] 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, thereby depriving the government of the opportunity to obtain lowest calculated responsive bid or the most advantageous and beneficial contract, to the prejudice of the government.”
RA 9184 is the Government Procurement Reform Act.
According to the Ombudsman, the contract was allegedly awarded to Advance Computer Forms Inc. on November 30, 2010 with the lowest calculated and responsive bid of P1,899.95 per box for a total contract price of P1,899,950.