Suppliers told to use RP gov't Web system

September 15, 2010 11:20 am 

CEBU CITY, Sept. 15 – The administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III is urging government agencies, contractors and suppliers to use the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) to introduce transparency in government procurement.

PhilGEPS is an online registry of government agencies, manufacturers, contractors and suppliers where procurement opportunities are posted.

Rosa Maria Clemente, director of PhilGEPS, said that aside from promoting transparency, using the system saves on procurement costs such as newspaper advertising on access to bid documents.

From April 2001 to June 2010, more than P500 million was spent on newspaper ads announcing bid invitations.

She said it would provide audit trails for government auditors and increase competition among suppliers and contractors when it come to government projects.

Clemente, during her talk at the recent Philconstruct Visayas Technoforum, said using the PhilGEPS not only benefits the government but suppliers and contractors as well.

She said access to documents is available online 24 hours a day and these can be downloaded for free, which allows contractors and suppliers to save on transportation costs and time.

As of Aug. 31, there were 10,957 government agencies registered, including local government units (LGUs).

There are also 45,598 suppliers and contractors registered, 1,145,640 notices posted and 200,820 awards posted on the system.

In Central Visayas, 290 contractors are registered in the system.

They all have access to procurement information provided by the government agency. They will also be notified through email if there are projects that they may be interested in.

In turn, they are required to accept the terms and conditions of the website and encode information of their companies, including their registration numbers, with the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Department of Trade and Industry.

Clemente said the information is listed by category and that a bid match profile allows the entry of keywords so that the system can match procurement information with what a supplier or contractor requires.

She explained that PhilGEPS is “a marketplace” where government agencies and suppliers can meet.

A problem she noted was when those who registered only log-in once but forget their passwords or do not use the system.

”We encourage everybody to use the system. How will we promote transparency if you only log-in once?” she asked.

All those who are interested to use the system are encouraged to log on to (PNA)



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