Quantcast
Latest Stories

Scrapping of $3.2-M airport deal sought



MANILA, Philippines—An anticorruption advocacy group has called on Transportation Secretary Jose Emilio Abaya to immediately call for a new bidding of the $3.2-million contract for the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) Information Technology System for Terminal 1 and 2, which expired in April and is being renewed on a monthly basis with a US firm recently debarred by World Bank.

Former National Treasurer and Kaakbay party-list chair Leonor Magtolis-Briones said Abaya should immediately order MIAA to conduct a new bidding for the IT system for both terminals in accordance with the government procurement law, instead of renewing and extending the contract of Arinc Inc. on a monthly basis, a practice he inherited from his predecessor, now Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.

She said that the World Bank Group recently debarred 80 individuals and companies under its antifraud and corruption policy. The list includes Arinc Inc., a US-registered engineering and systems integration company, for a period 33 months following the company’s acknowledgment of a violation of the Bank’s procurement guidelines in the World Bank-financed airports development project in Egypt.

Immediate rebidding sought

“With the World Bank’s disqualification on Arinc companies worldwide, DOTC and MIAA should automatically conduct an immediate rebidding and to disqualify outright the debarred US firm in line with President Aquino’s ‘Daang Matuwid’ policy,” Briones said in a press statement.

Kaakbay president Alain Pascua cited DOTC’s manual of bidding procedures barring any firm due to “inclusion in a blacklist issued by any governmental agency of the Philippines or in the Debarred and Cross-Debarred Firms and Individuals listed posted in the World Bank website (www.worldbank.org/debarr), whether as individual contractor, partnership, corporation, or any other juridical entity, or as member of a joint venture or consortium or involvement in any corrupt, fraudulent, coercive, undesirable or restrictive practice or having conflicts of interest.”

“It’s about time Secretary Abaya corrected two existing major violations at MIAA: one, that of coddling a World Bank debarred firm, and, second, continuing an expired contract without the process of public bidding. Both make a mockery of President Aquino’s anticorruption, transparency and public accountability policies,” Pascua said.


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter




Recent Stories:

Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital 18 mins elapsed Filipina accomplice arrested for fake bills in Malaysia 2 hours elapsed Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down 2 hours elapsed Title of new Hillary Clinton book: ‘Hard Choices’ 2 hours elapsed Nadal ousted by Ferrer in Monte Carlo quarters 2 hours elapsed Filipinos, Dutch re-enact crucifixion of Christ 2 hours elapsed 14 killed in car bombing in Homs 3 hours elapsed 57-nation group plays key Ukraine monitoring role 3 hours elapsed
Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: anticorruption advocacy group , Information Technology System , Jose Emilio Abaya , Kaakbay party list , Leonor Magtolis-Briones , Manila International Airport , MIAA , Philippine government , Philippine transactions

  • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

    epal ka…..bakit ngayon ka lang magsasalita? Gusto mo bang magkaletse-letse ang operations sa airport? Gusto mo mangyari ang kaguluhan gaya sa nbi clearance na naterminate ang contract ng provider na di sila nakahanda?

  • BatangSingapore

    ang mga militante talaga ay pakawala ng mga intsik.  pati mahuhusay na kompanya US ginagawan ng tsismis.

    hoy kayong mga low quality na chekwa umalis na kayo ng pilipinas.

  • Echuserang_Froglet

    wow ha grave na talaga ang corruption sa panahon ni abnoytard. habang tulog ng tulog sa pansitan. ppppppppwwweeeehhhh kadiri. eeeeeeeewwwww

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q55QQJZTH3F5IF26RUZ44CYKIU Sky Blue

    Basta maari huwag lng ibigay sa Chinese Firms.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    I wonder why many of our government agencies cannot initiate something on their own and need to be told or reminded by someone else? Perhaps these public officials are not reading news or not updated with current events?

  • LabkoPinas

    If the involved firm, Arinc , Inc. has been really debarred by the UN because of failure to comply with the UN standards to prevent fraud and corruption, Sec. Abaya should definitely review and reopen the bidding. Not merely ignore the party list member of congress.



Copyright © 2014,
.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement Advertisement
  1. Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  2. Did Deniece Cornejo lambast Vhong Navarro on social media?
  3. Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  4. Mommy Dionisia sings ‘Riking Bull,’sends netizens ablaze
  5. Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  6. Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  7. Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  8. Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  9. Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao scores, takes over social media
  10. DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  1. Did Deniece Cornejo lambast Vhong Navarro on social media?
  2. Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao scores, takes over social media
  3. Nude and so dangerous
  4. Mommy Dionisia sings ‘Riking Bull,’sends netizens ablaze
  5. Memes flourish after Pacquiao victory
  6. Netizens react to Pacquiao’s victory over Bradley
  7. IT technician found guilty of defrauding firm of P130,000
  8. Philippines may watch ‘blood moon’ online
  9. Samsung flagship smartphone goes on sale worldwide
  10. Heartbleed bug and what you need to know
  1. #RejectedBbPilipinas2014Questions flood Twitter
  2. Did Deniece Cornejo lambast Vhong Navarro on social media?
  3. Netizens fall in love with Crimea prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya
  4. Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao scores, takes over social media
  5. Nude and so dangerous
  6. Mommy Dionisia sings ‘Riking Bull,’sends netizens ablaze
  7. Why didn’t missing jet passengers use their cellphones?
  8. Russia tries to curb Crimean prosecutor’s Internet fame
  9. Memes flourish after Pacquiao victory
  10. Netizens thank Capa for Lee arrest

News

  • Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
  • Title of new Hillary Clinton book: ‘Hard Choices’
  • Filipinos, Dutch re-enact crucifixion of Christ
  • 14 killed in car bombing in Homs
  • 57-nation group plays key Ukraine monitoring role
  • Sports

  • Nadal ousted by Ferrer in Monte Carlo quarters
  • Pacquiao shorts in Bradley fight sold for P1.7M in LA auction
  • Ryu pitches Dodgers past Giants
  • Alonso sets the pace in Chinese GP practice
  • Heat seek Three-peat but Spurs, Pacers top seeds
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Whoopi Goldberg debuts as marijuana columnist
  • ‘X-men’ director accused of sex assault on teen boy
  • Business

  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Oil prices mixed ahead of long Easter weekend
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Filipina accomplice arrested for fake bills in Malaysia
  • DoH denies Filipino nurse no longer positive for MERS virus
  • WHO warns vs spread of MERS-Cov, urges vigilance in taking precautions
  • Last call for nominations to ’14 Presidential Awards
  • San Francisco business coalition slams proposed tax on sugary drinks
  • Advertisement
    Marketplace