Non-Policy Opinions

2005-04-25

NPM 024-2005

Requesting Entity: Office of the Ombudsman

Issues Concern: Procurement of Services for the Implementation of an Integrity Development Review

 

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Whether or not the services of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) for an Integrity Development Review (IDR) may be contracted or engaged by the Office of the Ombudsman through a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA)

The IDR is a readily available systems improvement tool that focuses on assessing an agency’s corruption vulnerabilities and identifying measures to strengthen its resistance to corruption. Although self-assessment by an agency using the IDR may be done, a third party assessment provides a more objective and credible evaluation of the agency’s corruption vulnerability. Thus, services of an individual or aggregate of individuals (e.g. group/unit, partnership, corporation, joint venture) may be contracted for purposes of acquiring the third party assessment component of the IDR.

For this purpose, if an agency decides to engage the services of a private entity for purposes of an external evaluation, it will have to contract this service through competitive bidding using the rules for procurement of goods under Republic Act 9184 (R.A. 9184) and its Implementing Rules and Regulations Part A (IRR-A). If the procuring entity determines that engaging the services of other government instrumentalities proves to be more beneficial and advantageous to the Government, by authorization of its head, a MoA may be entered into with the identified appropriate government entity to engage its services.