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Making procurement procedures more transparent, PS-DBM head.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced Wednesday that the newly appointed Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) head is already taking steps to ensure that the government’s procurement procedures are more transparent.

Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman maintained her plea for PS-DBM Executive Director Dennis Santiago to restructure the procurement division during a Palace press briefing in the face of growing calls for its dissolution.

She acknowledged that Santiago is not only a well-known practitioner of procurement but also contributed to the creation of Republic Act 9184, popularly known as the Government Procurement Reform Act, but she defers to the wisdom of Congress on the future of the PS-DBM (GPRA).

Pangandaman listed Santiago’s directive to halt the purchase of non-common usage supplies and equipment (non-CSEs) as one of the recent actions taken to strengthen the PS-procurement DBM’s procedures.

She added that the PS-DBM may “livestream” its procurement procedures to guarantee transparency.

She remarked, without going into further detail, “We can do livestreaming to (be more) transparent.”

She stated that in addition to the PS-DBM, the DBM will also update the procedures and IT infrastructure of its other affiliated organization, the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPP).

She also reiterated how, between 2017 and 2019, the PS-DBM was able to save the government up to PHP18 billion.

Santiago had previously stated that price development based on a realistic canvas and the adoption of procurement and contracting procedures that are appropriate for the job could both be done as PS-DBM reforms.

He claimed that efforts to implement reforms in the procurement arm could also include supply chain management, the implementation of electronic procurement platforms, such as eBidding, eReverse Auction, and eShopping, human resource development and capacity building, the implementation of green public procurement, and supplier partnership and management.

The PS-DM was established in 1978 to act as the centralized procurement authority for common use supplies and equipment (CSEs), such as pens, paper, staplers, paper clips, and folders, throughout the whole government bureaucracy.

Congress is currently looking into the PS-DBM in relation to laptops for teachers and allegedly overpriced medical supplies used at the start of the Covid-19 outbreak.

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