NPM No. 097-2016
Requesting Entity: Social Security System
Issues Concern: Alternative Bids
Whether or not the agency may consider the two price quotations submitted by one supplier for the procurement of sacks of rice.
[T]he submission by the bidder of two price quotations constitutes an alternative bid contemplated in the aforementioned definition. R.A. No. 9184 and its IRR are governed by the principles of competitiveness affording equal opportunity to enable eligible and qualified parties to take part in public bidding. Submitting alternative bids hampers this principle since submission of different bids for a single procurement amounts to manipulation of bid prices to the detriment of other bidders who may be able to provide a bid proposal that may be more advantageous to the government.