MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) is bidding out the P450-million driver's license cards supply project.
The project aims to stabilize supply of license cards by the third quarter of 2015.
The DOTC said prospective bidders can now purchase bid documents, with bid submission and opening scheduled on April 20.
The bid for each license card should not exceed P90.09.
The winning supplier will be required to deliver the goods within 30 calendar days from issuance of the Notice to Proceed, which is targeted in July 2015.
Amid a shortage in license cards, the DOTC said it hopes the project would not be stopped by the court this time.
The current supplier of license cards is Amalgamated Motors Philippines, Inc. (AMPI), which was awarded a five-year contract in 1984. The contract expired in 1989, but it has been extended on a yearly basis until 2006.
Although there was no contract, the government has paid AMPI on a quantum meruit basis, or in sums equivalent to the goods delivered.
The DOTC and LTO bid out the license card contract in December 2010, but this was halted by an injunction order issued by the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City in February 2011. Another injunction order was again issued by the same court in June 2012, in a case AMPI filed against the DOTC to question the bid.
The Court of Appeals eventually caused the lifting of both injunctive writs.
In 2014, the Commission on Audit also disallowed further payments to AMPI absent a valid contract procured under applicable rules.
Due to the continued shortage of license cards, LTO had issued temporary driver’s licenses. The licenses' 150-day validity period was removed by the LTO until the shortage is addressed.