Strict procurement process reduces corruption – ARD Reyes

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Strict procurement process reduces corruption – ARD Reyes

 

ra9184In a bid to improve the procurement process and to shun officials and employees from committing violations, more than 50 Regional and Provincial Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) members underwent a learning event on Republic Act 9184 otherwise known as “Government Procurement Reform Act and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations” on June 27-28, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Carig Sur Tuguegarao City.

RA 9184 prescribes the necessary rules and regulations for the modernization, standardization, and regulation of the procurement activities of the Government of the Philippines (GoP).

In his opening message, Assistant Regional Director for Management Services George R. Reyes emphasized that government employees can help save government money and reduce corruption if RA 9184 is strictly followed.

He cautioned the BAC members for a possibility to commit violation if they are unaware of the procurement policies. He said no excuse will be made for actions that were inconformity with the procurement procedures.

“Most officials were dismissed in the government service due to failure of complying with the said Republic Act. Although our intention is good and we only wanted to fast track the procurement of goods for the Office, we are not still safe unless we thoroughly learn the policies,” ARD Reyes underlined.

He mentioned the importance of procuring activities whether they are goods, infrastructure and consultancy services as relevant factors to achieve a smooth flow of any office operation.

“This 2017, I hope that we do the procurement process sound and safe so that we could again qualify in the granting of Performance-Based Bonus which requires all government agencies to be compliant to RA 9184,” he added.

Meanwhile, Senior Budget Specialist (SBS) Reynaldo R. Villon, procurement practitioner and resource speaker from the Department of Budget and Management Region 2, has added knowledge to the participants on the Overview of RA 9184 and its Amendments, Alternative Modes of Procurement and its Policies and Changes, Amendments of Public Bidding and Procurement Planning and Monitoring.

SBS Villon discussed the bidding procedures for the procurement of goods and Infrastructure projects.

He underscored the use of Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) Registration Certificate and PhilGEPS Registration Certificate Number as one of the provisions in the Revised IRR.

“The PhilGEPS Registration Certificate, categorized as platinum membership only, became a mandatory document submitted during public bidding. Prospective bidder can now use the certificate in lieu of other eligibility requirements: registration from the Department of Trade and Industry, Securities and Exchange Commission and Cooperative Development Authority, mayor’s permit, tax clearance, audited financial statements and pick up licence in case of infrastructure projects. But for alternative mode of procurement like shopping and small value procurement, certificates are no longer needed. Only the PhilGEPS Registration Certificate Number categorized even in the old blue or red membership is required instead,” Villon clarified.

The two-day learning event was impressive as expressed by the participants during the closing program. “It would be a great help for the BAC members, Secretariat and Technical Working Groups for the improvement of the operation and regulation of the procurement activities not only in the Regional Office but also in the Field Offices,” said Chief, Administrative Officer Lilia dL. Abel. #CAT#