• Senate probe on LRT2 bidding eyed


    A consumer group plans to ask the Senate to investigate the bidding for the maintenance service contract for the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT 2) to ensure that the project will be awarded to a service provider that can carry out the three-year rail maintenance deal.

    Oliver San Antonio, counsel and spokesperson of the National Coalition of Filipino Consumers (NCFC), said his group is considering asking Senator Grace Poe to look into the ongoing bidding pro-cess for the LRTA.

    Poe heads the Senate public service sub-committee on transportation that investigated various is-sues hounding the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT3), including the controversial train maintenance service contract.

    The NCFC recently filed criminal and administrative complaints against members of the LRTA bids and awards committee (BAC) for allegedly violating the procurement reform law when +they reo-pened the period for accepting bids after it has been closed.

    San Antonio in an interview said the LRTA BAC accepted the bid submission of the BUSAN-EDC Joint Venture despite its failure to comply with the packing and sealing instructions.

    “The firm should have been disqualified and declared ineligible from that point for violating bidding rules,” he stressed.

    San Antonio said the BAC also disregarded the findings of the technical working group (TWG) on May 25, 2015 which noted 12 “non-responsive” bid offers of BUSAN-EDC.

    The TWG report issued by its head, Zandra Turila, noted several glaring disparities in the technical specifications on BUSAN-EDC maintenance work specifications that could put the safety and the lives of LRT 2 passenger in danger.


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