NPM 043-2012

Requesting Entity: Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. 13 - CARAGA

Issues Concern: Procurement of Second-Hand or Reconditioned Equipment



Whether the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga Region may initiate the procurement of reconditioned equipment through public bidding.

It is the procurement of second-hand vehicle/equipment through an auction that is prohibited by RA 9184 for reasons stated in Non-Policy Opinion No. 138-2004 dated 26 October 2004. The same opinions stress that the purchase of second-hand vehicles/equipment, although allowed under RA 9184, must follow the procedure prescribed in the law, i.e., conduct of competitive public bidding, unless circumstances warrant resort to any of the alternative modes of procurement.