Requesting Entity: Department of Agriculture- Regional Field Unit 6, Iloilo City
Issues Concern: Request for Authority from the Government Procurement Policy Board to Approve Variation Order
Whether it is necessary for the GPPB to approve or grant authority for the issuance of Variation Orders.
Pursuant to the above-quoted provision (Section 1.1, Annex “E,” IRR-A), the head of the procuring entity has absolute discretion whether or not Variation Orders may be issued to cover any of the situations mentioned therein. No approval by or authority from the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) or its Technical Support Office (GPPB-TSO) is necessary before any procuring entity can issue a Variation Order.
However, the proper procedure laid down in Section 1.5 of Annex “E” of the IRR-A should be observed by procuring entities before any Variation Order is issued.