The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has recently launched an advanced electronic procurement system to improve and ease services.
Late in March when the DBM introduced the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) version 1.5, an upgraded portal of the online procurement channel. It was equipped with more sophisticated software to ensure reliability and performance.
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said this was part of the Duterte administration’s push for a “more streamlined and efficient public procurement system.”
“One way to secure timely and transparent use of public funds, especially with our huge P3.8 trillion budget, is by having a good electronic procurement system,” Diokno explained.
Through the portal, registered contractors, merchants and consultants will be able to participate in the procurement of goods, civil works and consulting services, the DBM said.
The department said PhilGEPS 1.5 is a temporary upgrade of the existing version of the electronic portal until such time that a modernized GEPS is up and running. Transition to a modern GEPS is expected to be completed next year.
The DBM has made various initiatives to improve public procurement since the start of the Duterte administration. The revised implementing rules and regulations of the government procurement reform law quickened the procurement process and made it less vulnerable to delays as it streamlined the documentary requirements for stakeholders without sacrificing the integrity of public procurement.