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The Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) has accused the Public Services Association (PSA) of seeking to malign and bring the PTSC into disrepute, as it refuted claims it was not following proper proceedings over the tender of a million-dollar contract.

The union accused the PTSC of ignoring the recommendations of an internal evaluation committee to retender a million-dollar advertising contract and review and amend their tender document.

PTSC insisted in a statement yesterday that in the invitation to tender for the provision of advertising services to the PTSC, all proper procurement processes were followed.

The corporation said the PTSC chairman recused himself from the tender evaluation, approval and award process and that claims that a contract is valued at $1.4 million are false.

“Corbin Communications was the only company that tendered for the Provision of Advertising services to the PTSC. Given this response, the Corporation decided to extend the tender bid period, due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, but still there were no additional bids,” PTSC said.

It added: “Of the six packages outlined in the tender document, Corbin Communications bid for only one package – Corporate Advertising, which it was awarded. Based on the deficiencies identified by the Board in the report submitted by the internal evaluation committee, the PTSC engaged an independent expert to have the evaluation redone.”

PTSC said that the Evaluation Report is an internal document that is private and confidential only to specific PTSC personnel and added that the board continues to be concerned at the ease and frequency with which private and confidential information is leaked into the public space.

PTSC added that it continues to be guided by its published Code of Ethics and wishes to assure stakeholders and business partners that it has fully complied with standard procurement rules and regulations.