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Phuket lifeguard contract fails to draw any bids

PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO, or OrBorJor) today announced via its website that no bids had been received for the tender to provide essential lifeguard services on Phuket’s beaches.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 29 November 2017, 06:07PM


The announcement today (Nov 29) followed the tender for bids for the service coming to a close at 4:30pm last Thursday (Nov 23). Bidding for the tender opened on Nov 6.

“Nobody has placed bids for the tender. Therefore, the PPAO has cancelled the tender for e-bidding on this project,” read a document signed by PPAO Deputy Chief Satien Kaewpraprab on the website.

Mr Satien told The Phuket News today, “I have no idea on any further plans for the lifeguard service. I can’t give any opinion or reply to the media. PPAO Acting Chief Watcharin Patomwatthanapong is the only man who can talk to the media regarding this issue.”

Mr Watcharin’s secretary, in response to repeated attempts by The Phuket News to contact Mr Watcharin today, said that was not available as he was in a meeting.


However, an official from the PPAO’s Division of Procurement, who declined to be named, told The Phuket News this afternoon, “Now the bidding for the tender is over. We will have to start the tender process again but this has to be put to the council first.

“I don’t know when this will happen,” he said.

On Nov 10, Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong urged the PPAO to act swiftly on hiring lifeguards so that they are ready for the high season.

Mr Satien responded by stating that bidding for a new contract to take on the lifeguard contract via the website started on Nov 6 offering a budget of B16.5 million for 10 months of service, and that the issue would be resolved by the end of November. (See story here.)




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moskito | 09 December 2017 - 08:09:37

Its more like our government saying: Who gives a rats about one dead tourist drowning on a beach if we are having 2 dead tourists on the roads every day...
USE the money for keeping Phuket alive instead of bringing more and more tourists to Phuket with an IQ under 90

moskito | 09 December 2017 - 08:06:10

its a crying SHAME whats going on here... 
The government makes BILLIONS of Baht with Tourists ...and if they dont, they may be should check better on avoiding TAX people, like Russians renting out Motorcycles or Cars or Houses and Rooms without paying a single Baht Taxmoney for it or having a licence for doing so
Obviously the government gives a sh1t about the safety of people bringing the  mon

marcher | 30 November 2017 - 09:58:45

Not sure what is the biggest farce, this or the Chalong underpass. Perhaps this as it happens every year, or maybe the underpass as it may not be resolved for another 3+ years

Foot | 30 November 2017 - 04:47:16

With all the yearly contract drama, it's not really surpising that there were no bidders.

Until Phuket Province takes tourist safety seriously, and pays accordingly, the drownings will continue, further harming the tourism industry.

Kurt | 29 November 2017 - 21:54:51

Is it not a shame full thing that Phuket, as a tourist beach island has no officials who feel responsible for tourist beach safety?
When are they open brains, start thinking  and stop to see it as a money making project? 
How, in gods name you can see this as a 'bid/auction' thing?

Is there really not a single thing this very rich Phuket province can lift her image with anything? Offi...

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