NPM No. 064-2017
Requesting Entity: PHIL-ASIA SALES AND SERVICES
Issues Concern: PhilGEPS Platinum Membership and Registration
Whether a bidder is indeed a registered Platinum member of the PhilGEPS where, during the opening of bids, the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) immediately declared it compliant without showing the certificate.
At the outset, please be advised that the list of registered suppliers, including the membership type, can be validated in the PhilGEPS website, under the Open Data feature, which is actually accessible to the public.
Section 30 of the 2016 revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) No. 9184 only requires that the opening of envelopes be in public to determine each bidder’s compliance with the documents required to be submitted. The opening of bids or the preliminary examination of bids be conducted by merely checking for the presence or absence of the documentary requirements using the non-discretionary “pass/fail” criterion. Current government procurement policy adopts the more efficient process of simple eligibility checking during the preliminary examination of bids, subject to the more rigorous and detailed bid evaluation and post-qualification stages later.