RP enhances procurement law, signs revised IRR of RA 9184

July 22, 2009 9:05 am 

MANILA, July 22 –- The Philippines procurement law was made more transparent after the signing of the revised implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Procurement Reform Act, otherwise known as the Republic Act (RA) 9184 Tuesday.

Budget Management Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr. said the country’s procurement law was considered a landmark piece of legislation when it was signed into law on January 10, 2003.

He said the procurement law was “strict, comprehensive, and transparent,” but cited that “even then, we realized that the reforms we sought could not be complete without implementing rules that truly reflects this.”

Thus, signing of the revised IRR “seeks to bring us one stop further to having a more efficient procurement system for the government.”

“Where it was lacking before, this IRR incorporates definitive rules on foreign funded purchases,” said Andaya, who also chairs the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB).

Andaya also urged the government’s civil society partners “to maintain the same vigilance they have shown in the past” as “challenges still remain.”

“This will help ensure that the law and its IRR are properly implemented by the entire government.”

Andaya explained that under the new IRR, local players can join national competitive bidding for foreign funded projects, paving the way for a more enhanced competition.

Also, foreign-funded projects amounting to US$ 5 million and below for infrastructure and US$ 1 million for goods under the national competitive bidding would use the revised procurement law IRR while those above these amounts would use the International Competitive Bidding, rules of which would depend on funding agency.

Andaya told reporters that getting the approval of the government’s development partners to use the government’s procurement law for foreign-funded projects amounting to US$ 5 million and below for infrastructure and US$ 1 million for goods is already a feat since this is a recognition of the government’s procurement reforms.

Andaya and Finance Secretary Margarito Teves spearheaded the signing ceremony.

Teves said the revised IRR will ensure that government funds will be used more efficiently.

“With this new IRR, and as it is properly implemented, the government may offer more to the people by way of vital public services,” he added. (PNA)

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