NPM 048-2008

Requesting Entity: Philippine Health Insurance Corporation

Issues Concern: Composition of the Bids and Awards Committee



Request for clarification whether the composition of the BAC for Regional Offices conforms with the provisions of IRR-A of R.A. 9184.

Section 11.2.1 of the IRR-A of R.A. 9184 specifies the regular BAC members for national government agencies, departments, bureaus, offices or instrumentalities of the government, including the judiciary and legislative branches, constitutional commissions, state universities and colleges, government owned and controlled corporations, and government financial institutions, x x x.

It is clear that the afore-quoted provision makes a distinction in the ranking of regular members for the BACs of subordinate offices and department subdivisions. Hence, it can be said that once a procuring entity decides to decentralize its procurement activities, the HOPE and the BAC members of the regional offices will necessarily be appointed in keeping with their existing hierarchy of regular plantilla positions.