GPPB, Inter-Agency Technical Working Group discuss gaps and developments on procurement of gov’t projects
The Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) and its Inter-Agency Technical Working Group (IATWG) fleshed out issues and challenges on the procurement of government projects in a joint meeting held on May 23, 2019 in Clark, Pampanga.
This was the first time that the meeting was done outside Metro Manila to take advantage of visiting infrastructure projects of government agencies and hear their experiences/challenges in their procurement in order to develop better procurement policies.
During the meeting, the GPPB and IATWG presented and approved proposals to address gaps as well come up with innovations in government procurement.
The Board approved the amendments to specific provisions of the 2016 revised implementing rules and regulations on procurement to reflect the simplified process in the authentication of documents of contracting countries under the Apostille Convention, an international treaty that pushes for the simplification of procedures in the use of foreign public documents. The authentication of documents under the Apostille Convention shortens the process for authenticating documents of foreign bidders who intent to participate in government procurement in the Philippines.
The proposed Philippine Bidding Documents (PBDs) for Framework Agreement were also approved by the members subject to further comments. The PBDs for Framework Agreement was based on the revised Guidelines on Framework Agreement to be used by procuring entities who consider procuring under a Framework Agreement. The Framework Agreement allows procuring entities to secure commitment from bidders to supply goods and/or services within a specified period of time, where procuring entities are given the option to either place or not to place any order for the goods or services identified in a framework agreement list.
The GPPB-Technical Support Office (TSO) also proposed two guidelines on the procurement of regular and recurring services as well as on early procurement activities (EPA). The Guidelines on the Procurement of Regular and Recurring Services shall include procurement of general support services and water, electricity, telecommunications and internet service providers (WETI). On the other hand, the proposed guidelines on EPA gives light to the integration of previously issued guidelines on EPA on reenacted budget to come up with a unified system of guidelines.
The GPPB-TSO also reported that the Philippines has submitted its request to be an observer to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Government Procurement. Should the Philippines become an observer, it may gain access to the Committee's working documents, and become acquainted with the operation and administration of the Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA)..
Meanwhile, the members of the GPPB and IATWG, together with GPPB-TSO officials and staff visited the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) located in the Clark Freeport Zone Area in Pampanga on May 24, 2019.
This gave members of the GPPB and IATWG an opportunity to talk and clarify issues with CIAC President Jaime Alberto Melo together with other CIAC officials and personnel on their experiences and challenges on government procurement.