Solon seeks to stop P4B nat’l ID project

Prospero A. Pichay, Jr.
Deputy Speaker and Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero A. Pichay, Jr.

Bidding process questioned.

A HOUSE leader on Wednesday called on Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Gov. Benjamin Diokno and Finance Sec. Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez III to immediately stop the implementation of  thr P4 billion national ID supply contract as he questioned its bidding process.

Deputy Speaker and Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero A. Pichay, Jr., one  of the principal authors of the national ID law, said Diokno and Dominguez, who chairs the Monetary Board, have the clout and authority to stop the the questionable P4 billion national ID project from seeing light.

Pichay said after all participating bidders had submitted their eligibility requirements, the BSP bids and awards committee imposed a controversial and questionable additional provision that virtually wiped out participating bidders to the P4 billion ID card project save for ‘two complying bidders.

“However, one of the two surviving bidders copped out. This strange event virtually handed over the lucrative P4 billion contract to the lone surviving bidder,” said Pichay.

Pichay lamented that the situation will result to alleged loss of hundreds of millions of badly needed funds by the government in the fight against the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19).

“The blatant violations of the implementing rules of Republic Act 9184 suffice to thwart the despicable and execrable machinations of the ‘conspirators that enabled a favored lone complying bidder to survive
the bid process after the additional provision imposed by the BSP bids and awards committee simply purged and eviscerated other participating bidders,” said Pichay.

Pichay emphasized that a congressional probe should be started as soon as possible to bring to light these alleged anomalous practices that had long plagued the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas long before the stint of Diokno and expose certain unscrupulous parties from within and outside of the BSP.

“I am totally confident that BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, leaders of proven integrity and two of the vanguards of the Duterte government against corruption and malfeasance in government will not allow this rotten bid from prospering at all, Pichay added,” sakd Pichay.

Pichay said President Rodrigo Rodrigo Duterte was miffed because the national ID project was delayed,

The national ID project could have facilitated and speeded up the release of special amelioration program (SAP) to legitimate indigent families under the government’s COVID-19 emergency support programs, Pichay explained.