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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Philippines: DoTC Rules Out Irregularity in Air Management System Contract Bid

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) has ruled
that there is no irregularity in the bidding for the $200-million
contract to install satellite-based communication, navigation and
surveillance-air traffic management (CNS-ATM) systems for the
country’s airport network.

DoTC Secretary Jose de Jesus said the agency’s review of the contract
awarded to Thales of France revealed that the serious allegations of
anomalies were unfounded.

“All indications show that bidding for the CNS-ATM contract underwent
proper procurement procedure. This is what we have relayed to the
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is funding the
project through overseas development assistance,” he said.

De Jesus’ claim confirmed that there will be no more need to
scrutinize former DoTC officials who bid out the contract but he said
bidding of the contract would have been done differently if it was
done under his watch.

It was recalled that Thales of France emerged as the winning bidder
after other bidders were disqualified during the bidding process. The
latest contract it won was the installation of an instrument landing
system (ILS) for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) bid by
the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) worth P189 million.

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