NPM No. 080-2015

Requesting Entity: Cebu City Government

Issues Concern: Purchase of Medicines



Guidelines relative to the purchase of medicines

[T]here is no specific guidelines for the procurement of medicines. Thus, the procurement of medicines follows the rules and procedures for the procurement of other goods and services.

The issues encountered by Cebu City Medical Center were not due to inadequacy of the provisions of RA 9184 and its IRR but rather on the crafting and preparation of the technical specifications. In the preparation of the technical specifications, the procuring entity should provide a set of precise and clear parameters reflective of all its requirements for the goods that it wishes to procure. By providing a set of precise and clear specifications, it is highly probable that the procuring entity will most likely procure the right products that will serve its needs efficiently and effectively.