Requesting Entity: Philcox (Philippines), Inc.
Issues Concern: Equivalent Document of a Mayor's Permit and Nature of Similar Contracts
Whether the Government issued Certificate of Incorporation of Private Companies in Singapore can be considered an equivalent document in lieu of a Mayor's Permit required under Section 23.1(a)(ii) of the revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) No. 9184.
Section 23.1(a)(ii) of the revised IRR of RA 9184 requires the submission of Mayor's Permit issued by the city or municipality where the principal place of business of the prospective bidder is located. However, in the case of a foreign bidder, the Class "A" eligibility documents may be substituted with the appropriate equivalent documents, if any, issued by the country of the foreign bidder concerned.
[T]he BAC has the responsibility to verify, validate, and ascertain if the Government of Singapore does not issue a Mayor's Permit, and that, in lieu of this document, a Certificate of Incorporation of Private Companies in Singapore may be considered as the appropriate equivalent document. Only upon actual determination and confirmation of this equivalence may it be categorically resolved that the foreign documents submitted are acceptable substitutes of the required eligibility documents.