DND to buy P1.76-B worth of military gear

By Alexis Romero, The Philippine Star

Posted at Feb 09 2013 09:00 AM | Updated as of Feb 09 2013 05:00 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of National Defense (DND) will acquire P1.76 billion worth of protection equipment for the military to ensure the safety of soldiers in combat zones.

Defense Assistant Secretary Efren Fernandez, chairman of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), said the Army and the Marines would be provided with 44,080 sets of new protection equipment.

The force protection equipment will be acquired through open competitive bidding in accordance with the provisions of the procurement law.

The DND is now inviting interested companies to join the bidding to be held on Feb. 28 at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

The military welcomed the development, saying this would ensure the safety of soldiers in the field.

“We put so much premium on the foot soldiers so our thrust is to minimize our casualties. We value human resources,” Armed Forces spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos Jr. said.

“We would like to make sure that our troops are safe so they can be more effective in performing their mission of protecting the people,” he added.

To be qualified, a prospective bidder should have completed within 10 years from the date of submission and receipt of bids a contract similar to the project. Bids that exceed P1.76 billion will be rejected.

The DND will hold a pre-bid conference on Feb. 14 at the DND BAC Conference Room at Camp Aguinaldo. The conference would allow prospective bidders to raise their concerns and questions before defense officials.

The deadline for the submission of bids is Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. Bids submitted after the deadline and those that exceed P1.76 billion will be rejected.

The protection equipment should be delivered within 365 days from the opening of the letter of credit, which serves as an assurance that the government would pay the winning bidder.