NPM 020-2007

Requesting Entity: Urban Engineers

Issues Concern: Procurement of Engineering Consultancy Services



Whether corporations may submit bids for procurement of engineering consultancy services.

Section 24 of R.A. 544, as amended, otherwise known as the "Civil Engineering Law" provides that no firm, partnership, corporation or association may be registered or licensed as such for the practice of civil engineering, provided however that persons properly registered as civil engineers may, among themselves, form and obtain registration of a firm, partnership or association. However, in such a case, individual members of such firm, partnership or association shall be responsible for their own respective acts.

Consequently, no corporation can validly submit a bid for engineering consultancy services in a government project since under R.A. 544, the practice of civil engineering is limited to individuals or partnerships.