The Philippine budget department through its Procurement Service is set to launch additional features of its e-procurement system in a bid to increase transparency and efficiency in government procurement.
Rosa Maria Clemente, director of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) group of the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management said the PhilGEPS will launch the expanded supplier registry and e-bid submission before the yearend.
PhilGEPS has already been implemented since 2000 as a pilot system and was implemented in full last 2006 for use of the all government agencies including local government units.
The initial phase of the PhilGEPS includes the implementation of Electronic Bulletin Board, Supplier Registry and Electronic Catalogue.
A virtual store will go live on July under the second phase.
The phase three to five of the project implementation will see the launching of the e-payment, e-bidding and charges and fees features which is expected to be implemented by the last quarter of the year.
The PhilGEPS, accessible via www.philgeps.net.system, functions as a web portal with an electronic bulletin board, supplier’s registry, electronic catalogue, and automatic bid notification.
Clemente said the PhilGEPS, is “the single, centralised electronic portal that shall serve as the primary and definitive source of information on government procurement” as prescribed under R.A. 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.
This means that all government agencies are required eventually to transact their procurement needs through PhilGEPS.
The portal improves transparency in government procurement as every details of the requirement are made accessible to the public. She said also that since it automatically inform suppliers of bidding information through its automatic bid notification feature, competition increase resulting in more competitive pricing among bidders.
She also mentioned other benefits that the system provides to the government: the audit trails with reports on government purchases and winning bidders; and help to implement government procurement policies.
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