As a primary aspect of the Philippine Government's public procurement reform agenda, the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) was established by virtue of Republic Act No. 9184 (R.A. 9184) as an independent inter-agency body that is impartial, transparent and effective, with private sector representation. As established in Section 63 of R.A. 9184, the GPPB shall have the following duties and responsibilities:
1. To protect national interest in all matters affecting public procurement, having due regard to the country's regional and international obligations;
2. To formulate and amend public procurement policies, rules and regulations, and amend, whenever necessary, the implementing rules and regulations Part A (IRR-A);
3. To prepare a generic procurement manual and standard bidding forms for procurement;
4. To ensure the proper implementation by the procuring entities of the Act, its IRR-A and all other relevant rules and regulations pertaining to public procurement;
5. To establish a sustainable training program to develop the capacity of Government procurement officers and employees, and to ensure the conduct of regular procurement training programs by the procuring entities; and
6. To conduct an annual review of the effectiveness of the Act and recommend any amendments thereto, as may be necessary.
As with any organization, it is important to set duties, responsibilities and specific functions of the GPPB within the context of its Vision (VMO), for these would serve as the general guide in determining whether the GPPB is performing its duties and responsibilities in a manner that is consistent with the Government's procurement reform program. Therefore, envisioned as the policy making entity and the governing body overseeing implementation of procurement reform in the country, the following GPPB VMO has been recommended and deemed