Disqualified bidder for license plate project files appeal

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 10 2013 01:52 PM | Updated as of May 10 2013 09:56 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A group who was disqualified from bidding for the P3.85 billion motor vehicle plate standardization project has filed an appeal with the Department of Transportation and Communications. 

Former Cabinet secretary Robert Aventajado, who represents the joint venture group of RNA Holdings Inc. and Poland's Utal Sp. Z.O.O., said the group's disqualification will deprive Filipinos of cheaper license plates for motor vehicles and motorcycles.

He said the financial bid submitted by the RNA-Utal group was less than half of the bid submitted by the two qualified bidders. Aventajado filed a motion for reconsideration addressed to Transportation Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla

"The total price difference is an astonishing P2 billion. The benefit to the motoring public is obvious," he said. 

On Wednesday, the DOTC said it is looking into the bids submitted by the joint venture of Netherlands-based J. Knieriem B.V. Goes (JKG) and Power Plates Development Concepts Inc. and the group of Spain's Industrias Samart and Datatrail Corp.

Aventajado said the financial bid of the RNA-Utal group priced the motor vehicle plate numbers at P163.85 per pair and motorcycle plates at P46.16 per plate. This is cheaper by P216.15 per plate number for motor vehicles and by P84.04 per plate number for motorcycles than the bids submitted by qualified bidders.

For the motor vehicle license plates, the JKG-Power Plates joint venture submitted a bid of P1.98 billion, while for motorcycle plates, it submitted a bid of P1.196 billion. This would place the prices of motor vehicle plates at P380 and motorcycle plates at P120.

Meanwhile, Industrias Samart-Datatrail offered a P2.03 billion bid for the supply of motor vehicle plates and P1.275 billion for motorcycle plates. This would translate to P388.05 for motor vehicle plates and P128  for motorcycles.

"This should readily show that RNA deserves the chance to be allowed to compete up to the end of the bidding process, and not be disqualified for flimsy and unclear bidding rules. The Filipino nation deserves the best product and best price available,” Aventajado said. 

Six groups, including RNA-Utal, had failed to qualify for the bidding, due to failure to submit documents such as financial statements, valid credit line certificate, valid mayor’s permit, valid certificate of reciprocity, among others.

Aventajado said RNA-Utal had complied with all the requirements including the financials, valid credit line certificate, and technical specifications.

The LTO Motor Vehicle Plate Standardization Program involves the supply of all motor vehicle and motorcycle plates including screws and stickers to the LTO for five years from July this year to June 2018.