Gov’t procurement of goods, services, list of blacklisted entities to be posted online to ensure transparency

Published October 27, 2020, 11:42 AM

by Genalyn Kabiling

The government’s procurement of goods and services as well as the list of blacklisted entities will be posted online to ensure transparency and accountability based on the latest order of President Duterte.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a document while holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on October 26, 2020.

The President issued Administrative No. 34 directing the strict compliance by all government agencies of the executive branch with the transparency, accountability, and good governance policies in the procurement process.

The latest presidential directive was issued in line with the constitutional mandate of the State to maintain honesty and integrity in public service, take action against corruption, and implement a policy of full public disclosure of transactions involving public interest.

“Transparency and accountability in all government transactions, especially in the procurement processes shall be observed,” AO 34 read.

“To this end, all agencies and instrumentalities of the government shall strictly comply with the relevant provisions on transparency and accountability in the procurement process under RA No. 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act) and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations, the GAA (General Appropriations Act), the resolutions of the Government Procurement Policy Board and other relevant laws, rules and regulations,” it added.

Under the order, the President designated the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) to be the primary source and repository of information on government procurement.  

It must be “user and mobile-friendly, up-to-date” and compliant with transparency seal requirements and relevant policies on web content and accessibility.

Procuring agencies have been directed to use their official websites and social media platforms as a secondary source of critical procurement information for the public. 

Observers may also be allowed to monitor the procurement proceedings online based on the latest order.

“The government is committed to ensure fair, transparent, non-discriminatory competition for purchases of goods and services, and embraces the broader purpose of promoting good governance, and the efficient and effective management of public services,” the order read.

In the same order, the President directed state agencies, including government corporations and state universities and colleges, to ensure transparency in the procurement of infrastructure projects. 

They must post on their websites and social media platforms details about the project, including the approved budget and winning contractor within 30 days from entering into the contract.

The information must also include the construction period, completion date, sources of funds, and actual cost of the project.

On post-contract award disclosures, state agencies must publish online the information about the project, approved budget, contract period, winning bidder and address, contract amount, date of award, and implementing agency. 

Exempted from such publication are contracts with implications on national security.

“For contracts involving projects with an approved budget of P50 million and above, the foregoing post-award information shall be published once in a newspaper of general circulation, in addition to posting the same on the respective official websites and social media platforms of the agencies concerned,” the order read.

The President also asked the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) to prepare a consolidated blacklisting report every quarter and disseminate such information to procuring entities and the Commission on Audit.

Such a blacklist will be posted on the websites of GPPB, PhilGEPS, and concerned government agencies. 

The report must indicate the number of times a person/entity has been blacklisted, the type of offense committed, penalty imposed, and the blacklisting agency concerned.

The President also cautioned against disobeying his latest directive on transparency. 

“Non-compliance with the foregoing directives shall be a ground for administration action against the erring public official or employee in accordance with civil service laws, rules and regulations, and other relevant laws,” the order read.

The Department of Budget and Management has been directed to prepare the guidelines for the implementation of AO 34. Funds will be sourced from the regular budget of the concerned agencies.

The order, signed by the President on Oct. 23, takes effect immediately upon publication in the Official Gazette or a newspaper.