Duterte tells COA: Gov’t to favor quality, not low bids for projects

  • President told auditing body gov’t to shift from its lowest bidding policy
  • He said administration will now go after quality, not low prices
  • He pointed to Davao, said quality acquisitions have been working well for a long time
  • Duterte also promised no hanky-panky in biddings, to personally inspect anomalous bids

MANILA, Philippines – Quality above discounts.

Looking to shift the longstanding government policy on choosing the lowest bidding prices, President Rodrigo Duterte told the Commission on Audit (COA) in advance that his administration will look to contractors who can provide items and projects with quality instead of low prices.

“Hindi ako iyong tao na maniwala diyan sa COA iyang the lowest bid kasi kung may bilhin ka kahit ito, itong lowest bid, ibigay sa inyo barat,” Duterte told GMA News.

[I am not the type to follow COA and the lowest bid because if you buy something from a lowest bid, you’ll get cheap items.]

According to Duterte, he would prefer the government to acquire items that are above-par since it would also aid in wiping out corruption in bidding projects. He explained it would dissuade the practice of “commissions” because then the prospective contractor would have nothing left to give to a corrupt official just so he can win the project.

As proof, Duterte pointed to Davao City’s acquisitions and projects as proof that quality is king.

“Ako, ang pulis ko doon, Isuzu and it would last for about 3 to 5 years, huwag lang ibunggo ng buang,” he said.

[In my case, for my police, I bought Isuzu vehicles and it would last for about 3 to 5 years, as long as an idiot does not crash it.]

The president also promised to personally look into anomalous contracts.

“Ang pera na ‘yan gagamitin talaga sa tamang paraan. Wala ‘yang rigging-rigging of bids kasi lahat ng bibilhin ngayon sa gobyerno, tinitingnan ko,” he said.

[The money will be used in the right way. No more rigging of bids because all purchases of the government, I will look into.]