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PNP beefs up mobility with latest deal that saved gov’t more than P93M

  • Written by Alfred Dalizon
  • Published in Nation
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THE Philippine National Police is further beefing up its mobility with the latest contract it entered into with the Columbian Autocar Corporation which will save the government over P93 million,  enough to place another order of at least 100 more units for use by 100  police stations across the country.
   
The company won the public bidding to supply the PNP with 1,470 brand-new single cab 4X2 Mahindra Enforcer starting next month until October 28. The contract is worth P1.411 billion, according to new PNP spokesman, Senior Superintendent Bartolome C. Tobias.
   
Last Wednesday, Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and PNP Officer-in-Charge, Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina led the blessing of 210 units of brand-new medium KIA patrol jeeps purchased by the PNP to help increase its patrol and rescue capabilities.
   
The new vehicles can carry 10 to 12 persons compared to the 4X2 Kia Mahindra which could carry 6-8 persons.  However, Sec. Roxas said the two vehicles are priced differently since they have different load capacity, engine displacement and other specifications.
   
The vehicles were purchased following a series of public bidding won by the JV AutoCirculo Corporation, KIA Motors Las Piñas which submitted a contract price of P397,950,000 out of the approved budget for the contract which is P476,490,000. On the other hand, the troop carriers were priced at P1,895,000 each.
   
Sourced from the Capability Enhancement Program 2011-2013 fund of the PNP, the Approved Price per Unit was P960,000 with Mahindra submitting the lowest bid at P920,000.
   
With the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) of P1,411,200,000 the PNP will be saving around P93,480,000 from the same contract, the money enough to have a repeat order of some 100 more patrol jeeps.
   
Tobias said Colombian Auto Car Corporation won the contract to deliver the brand new patrol jeeps after turning out as the Single Lowest Calculated Bidder. The contract calls on the winning bidder to deliver 245 units 35 days from the Notice to Proceed (NTP); 377 units 125 calendar days after the NTP; 458 units 155 calendar days from the NTP and the remaining 390 units 215 calendar days from the NTP.
   
The final delivery date has been scheduled this coming October 28. Cerbo said that the initial delivery of 28 units out of the 245 units will be made on or before May 1. To date, he said that there are ongoing functional and endurance tests on the vehicles being administered by the PNP Directorate for Logistics.
   
A primer on Mahindra said that the company produces close to 90,000 units every year of the Bolero/Enforcer model which is the one offered to the PNP. It says that Bolero/Enforcer jeeps are widely used for military and police purposes by countries like India, South Africa, Chile and Nepal.
   
According to Mahindra, they have had presence in the Philippines since 1970. They delivered, and sold vehicles in 1970, 1975, 1989 and 2008 to Francisco Motors. The last delivery in 2008 to Francisco Motors was for 10 units. The company presented certification to that effect during the bidding procedures.
   
The posting/publication of the Invitation to Bid was made last January 14 with the pre-bid conference participated in by Toyota, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Ford and Columbian/Mahindra.
   
During the submission and opening of bids last February 5, Mahindra submitted an P840,000 bid for the delivery of the initial 245 units  while Toyota submitted a P950,000 bid for each unit.
   
For Lot 2 or the need to deliver 377 units, only Mahindra submitted a bid of P880,000. For Lot 3 or the need to deliver 458 units, only Mahindra submitted a bid of P920,000 for each unit while for Lot 4 or the need to deliver 390 units, only Mahindra submitted a bid of P920,000. The cost of delivery was included in the contract.
   
During the post-qualification tests which include functional and endurance testing of the prototype, the prototype sample of Mahindra was found complying with the Napolcom specifications after a final deliberation of the Procurement Service Bids Awards and Committee II last March 16.
   
Early this year, the PNP also further beefed up its mobility needed to address crime in the country after adding 55 more commuter vans to its existing fleet of wheeled vehicles.
   
PNP OIC Deputy Director General Espina said the acquisition of the new vehicles will enhance the mobile capability of police units in responding to police emergencies and for general purpose transportation in support of administrative and operational requirements.
   
“These vehicles will provide substantial police presence, general transport capability and other emergency response capabilities to the police force,” Espina said.
   
Tobias said the new Toyota Hi-ace vans have been issued to all 17 Regional Crime Laboratory Offices  nationwide and the five Police Districts of the National Capital Region Police Office, selected PNP Directorial Staff, Police Regional Offices and National Support Units as part of the PNP’s-CEP.