Dozens of college lunch and breakfast suppliers protested this Friday in front of the National Institute of Student Welfare (Inabie) to denounce essentially the most recent food tender carried out by the aforementioned entity, describing it as “irregular.”
In line with the protesters, this tender had “poorly prepared specifications and poorly formed batches.”
Likewise, they assured that Inabie didn’t take note of the transport units required within the logistics of preparing and distributing the food rations, nor the variety of authorized bidders who were harmed by these decisions.
As well as, they affirmed that 1000’s of suppliers that met the necessities were unfairly eliminated from the method, while several of the winners of the tender didn’t meet them.
“In principle, there have been 2,000 qualified kitchens, the director (of Inabie) insisted that he was going to award 1,340 kitchens… he said that he doesn’t care, that there are not any beds for therefore many individuals, that he doesn’t care that there are almost 900 kitchens closed and around 5,000 staff on the road”, indicated certainly one of the protesters.
Similarly, the spokeswoman for those affected, Elizabeth Beriguete, affirmed that every thing that happened with the tender is a violation of Law 340-a 06, alleging that, because of the slowness in hearing the challenges and complaints of irregularities, they can’t be resolved time conflicts.
He also added that it isn’t possible that in six of the eight provinces analyzed some 28 bidders were awarded 65 lots value RD$1,608,707,385.88 without considering the installed capability, the variety of employees registered within the Social Security Treasury (TSS).
“Within the provinces of Santiago, San Cristóbal, La Vega, Azua, La Altagracia, Puerto Plata, in addition to within the districts of Santo Domingo Norte and Oeste, 902 bidders competed for 461 lots, 49.62% fewer lots than those awarded in 2021 and 23.18% fewer suppliers within the 2019-2021 periods, causing the elimination of 395 MSMEs and a pair of,370 jobs created by 2021,” he explained.
What the Inabi said
In an announcement, the aforementioned entity defended the legality of this tender, indicating that the execution of “Public Due Diligence” was included for the primary time within the evaluations.
The latter consists of the filtering carried out on the “external actors” to the institution that intervene within the contracting process to discover conflicts of interest reminiscent of collusion, politically exposed individuals, bidders participating with multiple company or as an organization and a natural person. at the identical time, amongst other cases.