By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has allocated P1.3 billion for the deployment of equipment, peripherals, forms, supplies, paraphernalia, and the provision of warehousing services for use in the May, 2019, midterm polls.
In its Invitation to Bid, the Comelec Special Bids and Awards Committee said the approved budget for the contract (ABC) of P1,335,901,373.09 is divided into four lots.
Lot 1 covers CAR, Regions I, II, and III with a budget of P226,108,387.39; while Lot 2 covers NCR, Regions IV and V with an allocation of P302,183,194.39.
Lot 3 covers Regions VI, VII and VIII with a budget of P308,053,315.54; while Lot 4 covers Regions IX, X, XI, XII, Caraga and ARMM with an allocation of P499,556,475.77.
“Bids received in excess of the ABC per item shall be automatically rejected at bid opening,” said the Comelec-SBAC.