The Submission and Opening of Bid Envelopes (SOBE) for the bidding of 22,216 units of 5.56mm Basic Assault Rifles in a Combined Acquisition for the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Bureau of Jail & Management Penology (BJMP) with an ABC of Php2,054,980,000.00 happened yesterday with 3 bidders qualifying.
R. Espineli Trading was declared the lowest bidder with an offer worth Php1,532,504,112.00, 2nd lowest is Armscor Global Defense with an offer of Php1,632,876.00, and 3rd is JV of UDMC and Dasan with an offer of Php1,639,296,424.00.
R. Espineli is offering the IWI Galil Ace 5.56mm, Armscor is expected to have offered the Emtan Karmiel MZ-4 5.56mm rifle, while UDMC is could have offered their F5 5.56mm model, probably the DGIS model.
Post qualification Inspections will happen next. If the lowest bidder fails, the 2nd lowest bidder will undergo PQI, and if they fail, the 3rd will undergo PQI.
The JV with a foreign company has allowed UDMC to be qualified to join, but as expected they are pricing their products higher than most equivalent foreign models. Quality remains an issue though, although they might have benefitted from their JV with Dasan of Korea.
R.Espineli and its Galil Ace both have strong experience in passing the documentary, financial, and technical aspects of the bidding, and has a high chance of passing PQI and winning the contract. Buts its still worth monitoring any updates on this acquisition.
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