Gov’t to buy 130,000 boots for Army

Posted on July 20, 2015

THE PHILIPPINE ARMY is looking for companies interested in manufacturing and supplying more than 130,000 pairs of combat boots after the Department of National Defense (DND) chose to buy gear for Filipino soldiers instead of acquiring a multibillion missile defense system.

Then-presidential daughter Evangeline Lourdes Arroyo is shown distributing combat boots in 2003. -- AFP
In a bid invitation published by the Philippine International Trading Corp., an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, the Philippine Army is inviting prospective bidders for the supply and delivery of 131,654 pairs of combat boots for the 80,000-strong Philippine Army.

The approved budget for the contract is P175,963,470.

“Bidders are limited to domestically accredited producers and manufacturers of footwear and leather goods with a valid Certificate of Accreditation issued by the Board of Investments,” the bid invitation said.

A complete set of bidding documents can be purchased for a non-refundable fee of P50,000 from the Bids and Award Committee I Secretariat at the 4th floor of the National Development Committee Building in Salcedo Village, Makati City.

A pre-bidding conference is scheduled early this week, on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the 5th floor conference room of the same building.

The purchase comes at a time when the DND dropped the purchase of a P6.5-billion Shore Based Missile System (SBMS) -- a military asset initially included in the military’s to-buy list in the modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

According to the DND, the “reprioritization” made the military address the urgent need for boots, helmets, body armor, night-vision goggles and other gear regularly used in combat situations by Philippine Army troops. -- Alden M. Monzon