PGMC lone bidder for PCSO lottery
Rainier Allan Ronda (The Philippine Star) - July 14, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Gaming Management Corp. (PGMC) emerged as the lone bidder for the P8.3 billion Philippine Lottery System (PLS) project which involves a five-year contract to supply the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) with lotto equipment and technology for the nationwide lotto games.

PGMC corporate secretary and minority stake owner Jose Bernas said the bid opening and compliance evaluation had declared both their technical bid, as well as their P7 billion financial offer, as having passed all the requirements set by the PCSO Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) conducting the PLS tender.

“We believe it should be awarded to PGMC as the only eligible bidder,” Bernas told The STAR.

The other bid submitted by the joint venture of listed Pacific Online Systems Corp. (POSC) and Scientific Games had been declared as “failed” by the PCSO-SBAC for deficiencies in its submissions in the technical component of the bidding, which prevented its financial bid from being opened by the committee in the opening of the bids last Tuesday at the Legend Hotel Villas in Mandaluyong City.

However, POSC-Scientific Games was given up to three business days to submit a motion for reconsideration to the PCSO-SBAC.

The two companies are incumbent lotto equipment providers of the PCSO, having extended equipment lease agreements with the PCSO. PGMC is the lotto equipment provider for the Luzon region, while POSC is the lotto equipment provider of the PCSO in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.

It was learned that eight groups had purchased bid documents from the PCSO- SBAC, signifying strong interest to participate in the bidding. Aside from PGMC and POSC, other companies that purchased bid documents were Diamond Powerwinners Corp.; Windyplan Philippines; Railworks Corp.; and Global Artificial Intelligence Masters Inc. (GAIM).

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