TIRED of getting poor quality products from foreign suppliers during previous administrations, the Philippine National Police leadership wants to make sure it would get quality goods instead of quantity as it called on would-be bidders not to use the PNP as a virtual “guinea pig” for their cheap products.
“Wag ninyong pag-practicean ang PNP. When you establish your market here, prove that you have quality and at the same time have quantity,” said Deputy Director General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the PNP Deputy Chief for Operations and concurrent chairman of the PNP National Headquarters Bids and Awards Committee. (NHQ-BAC).
For companies trying to sell motor vehicles to the police force, it is best that they should have been in the trade for the past 15 years and complete with service centers.
Gamboa said this rule will prevent new players from entering the PNP scene.
The new policy effectively prevents companies like Mahindra of India, which sold 2,054 units of Mahindra patrol vehicles worth P1.89 billion to the PNP during the previous Aquino administration, from getting contracts with the police force.
The Commission on Audit two months ago had red-flagged the 2015 PNP purchase amid complaints about defects of the vehicle, 10 percent of which are now reportedly not running.
Journal Group sources said the policy would also virtually eliminate some foreign gun-makers from bidding in the police force. One source claimed that some of the automatic rifles donated by a foreign government to the PNP and the Armed Forces failed a random test.
Gamboa said that they also have in their minds the safety and security of their men on the field each time they purchase logistical equipment. He said that dealers from India, South Korea and China bid to supply the PNP with Level 3 Combat Helmet but their bids were rejected after their helmets failed to pass a strict quality test.
Gamboa said what they need right now is more fiscal reforms. He cited the fact that Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act poses a problem on standardization.
Having procured three different pistols: the Canik TP9SF-Elite-S of Turkey; Taurus by Brazil and Masada by Israel, Gamboa said they are studying the possibility that the guns will be issued by regions.
President Duterte had made it very clear that he only wanted ‘state-of-the-art’ guns, bullet-proof vests, combat helmets, vehicles and other equipment for his policemen and soldiers.