That snatching incident
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
The snatching incident that took place at the Provincial Administration Center in Bacolod City was an example of how desperate some of those entities bidding for the chance to undertake government projects can be.
On Tuesday this week, as the Negros Occidental government was preparing to hold the bidding for the privilege of supplying generators for the Negros First Cyber Centre, with a budget of P87 million, a man suddenly snatched the envelope containing the documents of one of the two bidders, and fled.
Reports said the snatching had obviously been planned because the one who took the documents had companions, one of whom blocked the owner of the documents while the other escaped, with another on a waiting motorcycle. Although one of the gang was nabbed by the police, they had, as of Wednesday, no witness yet to identify him as one of the perpetrators.
Provincial officials in charge of the bidding agreed to postpone it when the bidder whose documents were snatched assured that they could reconstruct the documents in the stolen envelope that were the requirements for their participation.
Thankfully, the bidding was able to proceed yesterday, and it is now a matter of winding up all the requirements and procedures before the winner is declared. However, the incident should be an eye-opener to those who are in charge of such processes as biddings in government offices. The stakes are too big, and it is very possible that contending ones will go to any lengths to ensure that they get the job.
Although this is the only incident of snatching noted in the province and, perhaps even in the towns and cities, it shows that more security and protection of bidders should be provided, as those who could go to such pains as to actually steal the documents of others are already demonstrating that they cannot be trusted with the huge amounts earmarked for such important and expensive projects.*