NPM 047-2008

Requesting Entity: Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority

Issues Concern: Establishment of Multiple Bids and Awards Committees



Whether or not an office may validly further subdivid its BAC for procurement of regular supplies and equipment into several BACs.

[T]he existing policy is that each procuring entity is mandated to establish a single BAC in its head office. It is only in exceptional cases where the number and complexity of the items to be procured shall so warrant may the head of the procuring entity (HOPE) create separate BACs in order to expedite the procurement process. Furthermore, the same shall be limited in order to facilitate professionalization of procedures and standards (Section 11, IRR-A).

From the foregoing, it is clear that creating more than a single BAC for every agency is highly discouraged inasmuch as this has the inevitable effect of diluting and/or putting to naught the principles behind the policy.

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[T]here should be sufficient justifications for the HOPE to create additional BACs. x x x Furthermore, the availability of the manpower that will be able to comply with the procurement law's requirements on BAC composition should also be seriously considered.