The Department of National Defense (DND) has cited operational requirement and criticality of time in acquiring the two landing dock vessels in denying two prospective bidders’ proposal to move the date for Submission, Opening of Bids and Evaluation (SOBE) for the Landing Dock Acquisition Project for the Philippine Navy.
SOBE date for the said project remains scheduled on August 8.
“Proposal not accepted due to operational requirement and criticality of time in acquiring said vessels,” National Defense Assistant Secretary Manuel Felino Ramos, chair for DND Bids and Awards Committee 1, in a supplemental bid bulletin dated July 25.
The project involves acquisition of 2 units New Construction Landing Dock Vessels with Four (4) units Landing Craft Utility (LCU) and Four (4) units Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) with Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) for the Philippine Navy.
DND requires that at least one of two vessels will be built in the Philippines. The project has an approved budget for contract of PHP 5,560,000,000.00.
The Philippine Navy is currently operating two Tarlac-class landing platform docks acquired under Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program First Horizon.