The passage of the Government Procurement Reform Act further boosted the importance of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGeps).
This law set forth the rules and regulations for government procurement transactions as guided by the principles of transparency, competitiveness, streamlined procurement processes, accountability and public monitoring.
It required all government requirement from goods, consulting services to civil works to be centrally posted through an internet infrastructure called the Government Electronic Procurement System (GEPS).
With the implementation of RA 9184, all National Government Agencies (NGA’s), Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs), Government Financial Institutions (GFIs), Sate Universities and Colleges (SUCS) including Local Government Units (LGUs) are mandated to use the PhilGeps. Suppliers, manufacturers, contractors, consultants are required to register as well. Through the use of the PhilGeps, transparency in government procurement is enhanced since opportunities to trade with government and transactions are provided online. Information on changes in terms of reference, bid schedules and on the winning bidder and contract amount are all accessible through the system.
The electronic catalogue, which provides information on pre-approved cost of commonly used items, will help government auditors check that supplies purchased by a government agency are not grossly over priced.
The GEPS allows suppliers to access government bid opportunities seven days a week/24 hours a day. With the bid-matching feature of the system, suppliers can also be notified automatically by email if there are newly posted government opportunities that match their line of businesses.
Cost Philippines works in tandem with PhilGeps to enhance the transparency initiatives in the construction sector.
For more information on PhilGeps, log in at http: www.philgeps.net or call helpdesk numbers 9005232 to 36.