MANILA, Philppines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has suspended the bidding of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) information technology (IT) project due to a temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court.
“In view of the issuance of a TRO by the Regional Trial Court, Branch 213, Mandaluyong City in SCA No. MC14-8902 entitled Belaro vs. DOTC, et al., the bidding of the above-mentioned project is suspended,” Transportation Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla said in a general bulletin.
The bidding for the P3.44 billion project was originally scheduled on Monday, May 12.
Mandaluyong RTC Branch 213 Judge Carlos Valenzuela issued a 20-day temporary restraining order (TRO) in an order dated April 11, preventing the respondents in the case from bidding out the project.
“In view thereof, pending the reception of evidence on the application for the issuance of a writ of preliminary injunction and the main complaint for permanent injunction, relative to the issue whether the defendants has sufficiently complied before a bidding process will be conducted for the 2014 project, this court has to grant the application for the issuance of a TRO,” Valenzuela said in the order.
Lawyer Salvador Belaro filed a complaint with application for TRO and writ of preliminary injunction against government officials led by Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya and LTO chief Alfonso Tan Jr., saying that the bidding violates the requirement of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) approval.
Belaro added that a multi-year obligational authority (MYOA) from the Department of Budget and Management is needed before the bidding.
The DOTC had moved the deadline for the submission of bids to May 12 instead of April 11 to give bidders more time to submit their documents.
The companies that attended the pre-bid conference on January 21 include Stradcom Corp., IBM Philippines, Innove Communications Inc., HTC Corp., HP Company, Datarail Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Computer Sciences Corp. of America, Eurolink Inc., Oberthur Technologies, Cyberlink Corp., Microgenesis Corp., Eastern Business Global Solution, Total Information Management Corp., LRA Pacific Management Consulting Inc., New City Industrial Creative Co. Ltd, Indra Systems Inc., Netpoleon Phils. Inc., and Jibe Technology Inc.
Other interested firms interested in the project are Fritz & Macziol Asia Inc., ESGS Inc., GeniSystem Solutions Inc., Avesco Marketing, Multifold Links Inc., Rural Net Inc., Questronix Corp., EBI Solutions, Integrated Computer Solutions, Roll Base Co., Network Performance Inc, The Value System Phils. Inc., CEC International Co. Ltd., ASI Company, Omniprime Corp., Comfac Corp., and Cyber Research Corp.
The winning bidder will be required to design and implement the required databases, and establish or set up the LTO Data Center as well as operate and maintain LTO’s IT service delivery.