Requesting Entity: Central Mindanao University
Issues Concern: Request for Copy of the Minutes of the Opening of Bid
Whether a non-participating entity may be given a copy of the minutes of the opening of bids upon its request.
[S]ection 29 of RA 9184 is explicit in stating that "the minutes of the bid opening shall be made available to the public upon written request and payment of a specified fee". Clearly, said Section mentions that a copy of the minutes of the opening of bids should be available to the public without distinguishing between participants and non-participants to the bidding. Hence, based on the principle, "ubi lex non distinguit nec nos distinguire debemos", participants or non-participants to the bidding may be given a copy of the minutes of the opening of bids upon compliance with the conditions provided by law.