Bid opening and submission for the Department of National Defense (DND)'s missile-equipped MPAC (multi-purpose assault craft) is postponed until such time the Department of Budget and Management has released the funds needed for the project's implementation.
Funding for this program, which is called MPAC Acquisition Project (
Lot 1 - Platform), amounts to
"The procurement process relative to this project shall resume once the revised AFP (Armed Forces of the
) Modernization Program
is approved and funds for the purpose are released by the Department of Budget
Management," DND Assistance Secretary Patrick Velez said in a supplemental
bid bulletin. Philippines
Velez is the vice chair of the DND's Special Bids Awards Committee-1, the group tasked to supervise the bidding and eventual acquisition of the missile-armed MPACs.
Bid opening was originally scheduled for April 6 at 10 a.m. at the DND-Bidding and Awards Committee Conference Room, DND Building.,
. Quezon City
Pre-bid conference took place last March 23 at 10 a.m., at the same venue.
The DND earlier said that the PhP270-million contract includes mission essential equipment and initial integrated logistics support packages.
"These new set of seagoing MPAC shall be capable of operating at sea state 5 without systems degradation and shall be fitted with provisions for installation of advanced weapons system (remote weapons system as well as missile launch system—Lot 2)," it added.
The Philippine Navy is currently operating six MPAC units.
The craft shall be built in-country and in accordance to the approved technical specifications of the Philippine Navy.
Delivery of the goods is required within a period of 365 calendar days from the receipt by the supplier of the Notice to Proceed (NTP) or the date provided in the NTP.
Interested bidders should have completed, within 10 years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the project.