GPPB Chairman and DBM Secretary Rolando Andaya's Welcome Remarks
I would like to welcome everyone to this event, a step that further strengthens procurement reforms in the Philippines.
It began 6 years ago, with the passage of our public procurement law, which we all know as Republic Act 9184. Since then, it has been heralded as a landmark piece of legislation that could bring our procurement systems up to international standards. It is strict, comprehensive and transparent.
But even then, we realized that the reforms we sought could not be complete without implementing rules that truly reflects this…that is fair, market oriented and comprehensive.
This revised IRR seeks to bring us one step further to having a more efficient procurement system for the government. Where it was lacking before, this IRR incorporates definitive rules on foreign funded purchases.
Now, all bids carried out by the government are subject, first and foremost, to the provisions of RA 9184. If our development partners would want to use their own procurement guidelines, they must explain why and clearly set this out in the loan agreement.
For 6 years the government has surged ahead with procurement reform. The Revised IRR also contains lessons learned from these years of implementation. For instance, the revised IRR now prescribes less documentary requirements during bidding to encourage more competition and clearer rules on use of the alternative methods of procurement.
I would thus like to thank all the procurement practitioners who participated in the consultations conducted throughout the Philippines. The revised IRR is a product of your hard work.
Lastly, we recognize that challenges still remain. For one, we urge our partners in civil society to maintain the same vigilance they have shown in the past. This will help ensure that the law and its IRR are properly implemented by the entire government.
Next, we urge the international community to take the inevitable next step: accept and use our system without exceptions. Our procurement system has the same objective as yours: to ensure a more transparent, streamlined, and competitive procurement process.