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PS-DBM will be abolished and have no funding, however, reforms are still desired.
The Procurement Service – Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) is being proposed to be abolished owing to dubious contracts, although the Senate is still willing to consider adjustments.
Senators Francis Tolentino and Risa Hontiveros said in radio appearances on Sunday that the PS-DBM should not be used by any government agencies or local government units and that they should instead employ their own Bids and Awards Committees.
Tolentino added, “It appears that the agency is now in control of all procurements. The PS-DBM was founded to acquire materials and products that are regularly used by government entities.
According to Tolentino and Hontiveros, the PS-DBM is in danger of receiving no funding because its abolition will take some time.
I assist my coworkers in advancing the PS-DBM, but due to the presence of malaki, certain transactions may be hindered. I support my colleagues in removing the PS-DBM, but we must look into every transaction. Isang paraan diyan ay ang pagbibigay ng zero budget pero sa ngayon ang prayoridad namn ay tukuyin ang mga personalidad dito para mabigyang hustisya ang taumbayan. As of right now, our first goal is to find the offenders and provide justice to our compatriots),” Hontiveros said. One method is to offer them no funding.
The PS-DBM has outlived its usefulness, according to Senator Imee Marcos, who filed Senate Bill 1123 or An Act Abolishing it last Thursday. She claimed that “the succession of procurement disputes that appeared during the epidemic must end” and that it has become obsolete.
According to Marcos, “The PS-DBM serves as a procurement arm of other government organizations for the procurement of everyday items, machinery, and infrastructure projects. However, the inclusion of pertinent elements that aim to boost the procurement service of national government agencies undercuts the DBM-mandate PS’s as a result of the Government Procurement Reform Act’s enactment.
The PS-DBM has been charged with overcharging in the last year’s purchases of PHP42 billion in medical equipment for the Department of Health and PHP2.4 billion in laptop computers for teachers for the Department of Education (DepEd).
The request of DBM Secretary Amenah Pangandaman to reorganize the organization, however, may be taken into consideration by the Senate.
According to a DBM news release on August 30, “Please enable the new administration to reform and restructure the agency and provide efficiency and economy in the acquisition of common-use goods and equipment, which we aim to focus on as part of our mandate.”
Hontiveros indicated that starting in March 2020, they may request a special audit of all pandemic-related procurement agreements with PS-DBM and other agencies.
Previously, the Commission on Audit found that at least 12 government departments or organizations had dealings with PS-DBM.
Senators Koko Pimentel and Sherwin Gatchalian have also advised that government organizations discontinue working with the PS-DBM.
Tolentino added that the Thursday executive session of the 17-member Blue Ribbon Committee would address the travel ban on Lloyd Christopher Lao, the former PS-DBM officer-in-charge.
Lao is no longer involved in the DepEd laptop dispute, although he still signed several other paperwork.
Lao had requested to be cleared and taken off the immigration lookout list.
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