DBM: Centralized procurement still more advantageous to gov’t, people



Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Amenah Pangandaman stands firm in her support of the Procurement Service – DBM (PS-DBM) as she believes that centralized procurement is still more advantageous to the government and the Filipino people.

Speaking at the Partners in Service 2023 appreciation event for PS-DBM partner-merchants and suppliers, Secretary Pangandaman explained that with transformational initiatives and reforms at hand, she is confident that the “PS-DBM will only get better.”

“Centralized procurement is still more advantageous to the government and its people. Hence, I will continue to support PS-DBM while advocating for the restructuring of its organizational staffing and the amendment of the Government Procurement Reform Act which is already two decades old,” the Budget Secretary said.

These initiatives and reforms include the digitalization and the promotion of a sustainable procurement system through Green Public Procurement (GPP). She added, a manual is likewise being crafted to guide procurement practitioners in embedding green specifications in Common-use Supplies and Equipment (CSEs).

Secretary Pangandaman also reiterated the need to amend the Government Procurement Reform Act.

“With the updated law, we will have the opportunity to put the right people in, thus ensuring accountability as well as the sustainability of the institution and our procurement system. I am confident that with the excellent leadership of Atty. Santiago, our reforms will be realized and executed with utmost integrity,” the Budget Secretary emphasized.

For his part, PS-DBM Executive Director (ED) Dennis Santiago presented PS-DBM’s 12-Point Agenda, which shall foster game-changing transformation in the agency.

The 12-Point Agenda aims to focus on the procurement of CSEs; study, review, and rationalize CSEs; study, review, and recast specifications and pricing; beef up stock-priming of depots and hubs; streamline and modernize the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS); and institutionalize and implement the GPP.

It shall also guide the organizational restructuring of PS-DBM, including human resource development and capacity building; market strengthening strategy and alliance building; institutionalization of Framework Agreement and Indefinite Delivery and Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contractual arrangements; take advantage of the benefits of economies of scale through bulk purchasing; and build-up PS-DBM’s financial self-sufficiency.

In his message, ED Santiago appealed to the PS-DBM partners saying, “We will not ask, solicit, beg, or require anything from you – pecuniary or otherwise – to secure a contract or an award. We urge you to continue complying with the legal, technical, and financial requirements of our project opportunities, and submit a responsive and competitive price offer to secure or win a project.”

“Hindi po kami manghigingi. Pakiusap din po namin sa inyo…hindi rin po ninyo kailangang magbigay o mag-regalo upang manalo,” ED Santiago stressed.

“Kung kayo po ay mag-bid at manalo, ang kailangan lang po namin sa inyo ang mag-deliver ng tamang produkto sa tamang panahon, tamang presyo, tamang kantidad, at tamang kalidad,” he added.

The Partners in Service 2023 appreciation event is PS-DBM’s first in-person engagement since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. The event is motivated by the transformational reforms and policies that the agency is undertaking to fulfill its mandate efficiently.
CurrentPH News Service

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