Requesting Entity: Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)
Issues Concern: Direct Contracting under the Guidelines on Procurement of Water, Electricity, Telecommunications and Internet Service Providers
Whether PRC can resort to Direct Contracting pursuant to Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) Resolution 019-2006 or the Guidelines on Procurement of Water, Electricity, Telecommunications and Internet Service Providers (Guidelines) in acquiring an Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN).
[T]he determination of what alternative mode of procurement should be pursued lies within the authority of the PE. For Direct Contracting, all the conditions for its use must be satisfied by PRC in the procurement of its IP VPN. Since PRC has identified PLDT as the only ISP that can meet its IP VPN requirements, then it may contract the latter's services following the Guidelines.