Requesting Entity: Province of Bohol
Issues Concern: Applicability of R.A. 9184
Republic Act No. 9184 was signed by her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on January 10, 2003, and was published the following day or on January 11,2003, in two (2) newspapers of general circulation namely, Manila Times and Malaya. In this regard, R.A. 9184 took effect on January 26,2003, pursuant to Section 78 thereof, which we quote:
Sec. 78. Effectivity Clause – This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days following its publication in the Official Gazette or in two (2) newspapers of general circulation.
However, it must be noted that the said legislative enactment cannot be applied in its totality without its IRR. Consequently, in a GPPB Meeting held on June 26,2003, it was agreed upon that the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 9184 shall consist of two parts, namely:
1. IRR-A that shall cover all domestically-funded procurement activities; and
2. IRR-B that shall cover all foreign-funded procurement activities.
In consonance with this, we wish to inform your office that the Government Procurement Policy Board and the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee has approved the Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. No. 9184 Part-A last September 16, 2003 and was made effective last October 8, 2003.