An anti-corruption watchdog asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Friday to block the P829.67-million deal involving the procurement of driver’s license cards with five-year validity from an allegedly anomalous joint venture.
In a petition, the Anti-Trapo Movement (ATM) of the Philippines, Inc. urged the high court to stop the Land Transportation Office (LTO) from proceeding with the procurement of six million plastic license cards for 2017 from the NEXTIX, Dermalog Identification Systems, and CFP Strategic Transaction Advisors Joint Venture.
The ATM asked the high court to order the LTO to cease and desist from its continued contracting of the project to the Dermalog, CFP and NEXTIX JV.
ATM said the project was contracted out to the Dermalog, CFP and NEXTIX JV “in clear violation of existing procurement laws.”
The contract was awarded by the LTO on April 3.
“LTO violated Section 57 of the Government Procurement Reform Act by awarding the project to Dermalog JV prior to resolving the pending protests of other bidders,” ATM said in a statement.
The Dermalog, CFP and NEXTIX JV beat out Banner Plasticard Inc. and the joint venture of Filipino trader Kolonwel and Indonesian paper supplier PT Pura.
The LTO plans to begin the distribution of the license cards by August. — BAP, GMA News
Source: GMA News Online