Supplier defend ₱2.4-B DepEd laptops meet technical requirements
The supplier behind the controversial laptops for the Department of Education (DepEd) insisted that the units were “fully compliant” with the government’s technical specifications.
The group, composed of Sunwest Construction and Development Corporation (SCDC) and LDLA Marketing & Trading, Inc. (LDLA), in a statement addressed the overpricing issue.
“The PS-DBM (Procurement Service-Department of Budget and Management) solicited bids for the supply and delivery of laptop computers with very specific technical requirements. As qualified bidders, we made an offer and won the comprehensive and competitive bidding fair and square,” the statement said.
It said that the laptop sets were “competitively priced and perform according to their intended use.”
“The public should also note that the Dell Latitude 3420 laptops delivered to the government were custom-built direct from the factory and according to the requirements needed by DepEd and therefore cannot be easily equated to a regular off-the-shelf consumer unit,” the group added.
It said it is “inaccurate and unfair” to claim that the offered price was for the units alone.
The statement detailed that the price included the cost of the unit, peripherals, software, commercial-grade durability, comprehensive 36-month warranty, and technical support.
The joint venture said it is willing to take part in any proceedings needed.