( Provincial Legal Officer Dennis Ventilacion )

THE ILOILO provincial government is inviting qualified companies to join the bidding for the Capitol’s fuel supply.

Provincial Legal Office head Dennis Ventilacion said that since 2010, only one firm joins the bidding and supplies fuel to Capitol offices.

“Ang aton supplier isa lang gid. Sang una duha pa na, pero na-disqualify ang isa. Kulang gid kita sa bidder,” he said.

Ventilacion said volatile fuel prices discourage suppliers to participate in the bidding.

According to, fuel pump prices in the Philippines have increased 12 times with only three rollbacks between Aug 14 and Nov 20, 2017. The average value for the Philippines during that period was P46.38 per liter, with a minimum of P43.40 on Aug 14 and a maximum of P49.05 on Nov 20.

Another factor in the lack of bidders is the documents required by procurement laws.

“Ga-fluctuate ang prices sang fuel. Kung mag-volatile ang presyo, naga-hesitate sila magbid. And most of them have problems with their tax clearances,” he said.

The provincial government resorts to negotiated procurement after two failed biddings, which is allowed by the law, Ventilacion said.

He added that the least they can do for now is invite bidders.

“We are limited by the rules. When you join government procurement your documents must be complete.”

Since they only have one supplier, Ventilacion said they procure fuel in bulk in anticipation of possible shortages and erratic price movements.

The Provincial Engineering Office accounts for the highest fuel consumption because of its fleet of heavy equipment and trucks and numerous infrastructure projects it undertakes.

Lack of fuel also forced the Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force to temporarily suspend its operations against illegal fishing for more than a week now.

Provincial administrator and task force chair Raul Banias said they cannot operate for now because patrol boats lack fuel.

But Banias said he was informed by the Provincial Agriculture Office that fresh fuel supply is available within this week.

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