DOTC bares winning bid for P8.2-B LTO IT project

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With an Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) of P8.2 billion, the bidding was won by Digitext Asia Corp., which put up a bid of P3.8 billion, the lowest bid among the five companies. The bidding process pushed through after the Court of Appeals set aside the temporary restraining order issued by a Quezon City court against the project Besides Digitext, the other bidders were Fritz and Macziol Asia, Eurolink Network, International Corp., Kaisa Consulting, and Ceragon Network. Fritz and Macziol Asia submitted the second lowest bid at P5.3 billion, while Eurolink was third lowest with at P5.8 billion. The financial bids of Kaisa and Ceragon were not opened because of lack of technical requirements. Kaisa was considered as non-complying for lack of schedule of requirements, while Ceragon also lacked schedule of requirement and certificate of reciprocity for a foreign consortium to qualify for the bid. The four other companies which purchased bidding documents but did not participate in the bidding were Stradcom Corporation, which is the current system provider of the LTO IT system, Smartmatic, Oberthur Technologies, and Indra Sistemas. DOTC/LTO is now set to go through the bid evaluation and post-qualification process including resolving the remaining issues with the non-complying bidders and other technical/administrative matters. DOTC secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the new IT system will provide a viable and long-term solution to address the current system?s issues. The previous LTO IT system, which has been running for 13 years, is no longer responsive to current land transportation regulation requirements, the agency said. ?Once the new LTO-IT system is in place, it will make it easier for authorities to recover stolen vehicles, trace smuggled vehicles, prevent double registration and monitor unregistered vehicles,? it said. The DOTC said it once the automation systems of LTO and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) are up and running, the government will be able to eliminate cases of PUVs securing an LTFRB franchise without LTO registration, as well as PUVs that are registered with the LTO but have no LTFRB franchise. ]]>

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