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Here are my preliminary observations, in particular, with regard to what is *not* included in the above price:
The price (as indicated above) and quantity of equipment delivered is subject to change upon mutual agreement between the contracting parties as indicated in Article 5 Bill of Quantities (BOQ):
"...The Priced Bill of Quantities shall be revised in accordance with the actual requirement of the project to be determined and approved by the Purchaser and the Contractor during the detailed engineering stage..."As far as the Managed Services portion of the Contract is concerned, this only covers 18 months as stated in Article 6: Managed Services:
"...The Contractor shall provide the Managed Services to the Purchaser in respect of the Network for a period of one year and a half ('form of the Managed Services') commencing from the issuance of the Provisional Acceptance Certificate, provided that the contractor has received the advanced payment set out in Article 8.4.1 herein..."That means that the cost of operating and managing the equipment and facilities after this 18 month period is over has not been not factored in. The above price also does not include any taxes or duties to be paid locally as stated in Article 9 Section 9.1:
"All taxes, import or customs duties and other taxes and duties, including without limitation VAT and Income tax in connection with or in respect of the performance of this Contract levied by the relevant authority in the Republic of the Philippines shall be borne and paid by the Purchaser."Maintenance after the Warranty Period is also not included. The Contractor (ZTE) is given the option to provide this service as stated in Article 29 Post Warranty:
"The Contractor may, upon payment of mutually agreed prices, provide maintenance and technical support to the Purchaser in respect of all the Equipment and Services for at least three (3) years after the expiry of the relevant Warranty Period. The said post warranty services may include repair ofGiven the above exclusions to the price, it is unclear whether the contention of former CICT head Ramon Sales before the Senate that the "ZTE proposal would have reduced costs by 1 billion [pesos] a year from 4th to 20th year, saving 17 billion [pesos]." can be supported. The numbers for these items must be included in the computation of overall costs in order to determine either way.
boards, PC boards, and other components, modifications of the Software, supply of spare parts, and other maintenance and operation support required by the Purchasor."
Unfortunately, the Attachments detailing the Equipment, as well as the Scope of Engineering Services and Managed Services to be rendered are not available online so no further analysis can be done at this point. These are also part of the Contract and IMHO, the interesting stuff would be found there so i hope these are made these available online as well.
Update Sept-26-2007 11:56PM: From today's Senate hearing, there is a request to restrict access to the annexes. As per Manolo's liveblog transcript:
"Roxas: There was a compliance with information request pertaining to annexes of ZTE contract. Some requests for confidentiality and/or restricted access made, will be taken up by committee in caucus."Why am i not surprised?
Housekeeping Update Oct-04-2007 2:28AM: A link to further discussions last Sept 21 (mostly with blogger Manilabaywatch) over at Manolo's.
Update Oct-04-2007 12:27PM: Senator Alan Peter Cayetano has decided to postpone the hearings under suspicious circumstances. On a brighter note, Senator Lacson has called for an autopsy of the cancelled contract.