DND opens bidding for 2 frigates

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of National Defense has finally opened the bidding for two frigates worth P18 billion aimed to boost military modernization.

“The DND/Armed Forces of the Philippines now invites bids for the acquisition of two units new construction frigates with ammunition for the Philippine Navy,” DND Undersecretary for Bids and Awards Committee Fernando Manalo said in the invitation to bid.

The bidding will also be conducted through a two-stage competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary “pass/fail” criterion as specified in the Republic Act 9184 or otherwise known as the government procurement reform act.

Bidding documents may be purchased starting Thursday worth P75,000. The pre-bid conference will be on October 11 at 10 a.m. at the DND BAC Conference Room, Right Wing Basement of the DND Building at Camp Aguinaldo.

The frigates must be delivered within a period of 1,460 calendar days from the opening letter of credit.

The bidders must have completed within the last 10 years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the project, the invite said.

The acquisition of the two frigates is part of the 24 projects that the DND plans to acquire through the AFP modernization funds worth P75 billion.

The decision to pursue the brand new frigates came after plans to forego the acquisition of refurbished Maestrale-class frigates from Italy.

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