To Foster Transparency, Palace Requires Procurement Funds Report Submission

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To Foster Transparency, Palace Requires Procurement Funds Report Submission


By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

In a bid to advance the administration's campaign against corruption in government, MalacaA~ang has directed all government agencies to submit their reports on funds transferred to the Department of Budget and Management-Procurement Service (DBM-PS) for "monitoring and evaluation" purposes.

Under Memorandum Circular (MC) no. 39, all heads of procuring entity (HOPE) of national government agencies (NGAs), government-owned and -controlled corporation (GOCCs), State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and local government units (LGUs), are compelled to comply with Republic Act (RA) No. 9184 and its 2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (RIRR).

The MC, signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea last January 26, 2018, also compels all HOPE to submit the report on or before the end of the first quarter.

"All Heads of Procuring Entity (HOPE) of NGAs, GOCCs, SUCs, and LGUs are hereby required to comply with the provisions of RA No. 9184 (GPRA) and its 2016 RIRR, and to submit to the Office of the President, for monitoring and evaluation purposes, a report on funds transferred to DBM-PS for the purpose of procuring supplies, equipment and infrastructure projects as of 31 December 2017, to be submitted on or before 31 March 2018," the MC read.

Section 10, Article V of RA No. 9184, or the Government Procurement Reform Act (GPRA), provides that all procurement shall be done through competitive bidding, except as otherwise provide by GPRA.

Section 11, Article V RA 9184 mandates that each Procuring Entity shall establish a Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) for its procurement.

Section 7.3.3 of the 2016 RIRR of RA 9184 provides that in order to hasten project implementation, Procuring Entities which may not have the proficiency or capability to undertake a procurement as determined by the HOPE may outsource the procurement tasks by requesting other government agencies to undertake the procurement for them through the execution of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). …

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