SEC. 6. Standardization of Procurement Process and Forms.
To systematize the procurement process, avoid confusion and ensure
transparency, the procurement process, including the forms to be used,
shall be standardized insofar as practicable.
For this purpose, the GPPB shall pursue the development of generic
procurement manuals and standard bidding forms, the use of which
once issued shall be mandatory upon all Procuring Entities.
ARTICLE II — PROCUREMENT PLANNING
SEC. 7. Procurement Planning and Budgeting Linkage.
All procurement should be within the approved budget of the Procuring
Entity and should be meticulously and judiciously planned by the
Procuring Entity concerned. Consistent with government fiscal discipline
measures, only those considered crucial to the efficient discharge
of governmental functions shall be included in the Annual Procurement
Plan to be specified in the IRR.
No government Procurement shall be undertaken unless it is in accordance
with the approved Annual Procurement Plan of the Procuring Entity.
The Annual Procurement Plan shall be approved by the Head of the
Procuring Entity and must be consistent with its duly approved yearly
budget. The Annual Procurement Plan shall be formulated and revised
only in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the IRR. In
the case of Infrastructure Projects, the Plan shall include engineering
design and acquisition of right-of-way.
ARTICLE III — PROCUREMENT BY ELECTRONIC MEANS
SEC. 8. Procurement By Electronic Means.
To promote transparency and efficiency, information and communications
technology shall be utilized in the conduct of procurement procedures.
Accordingly, there shall be a single portal that shall serve as
the primary source of information on all government procurement.
The G-EPS shall serve as the primary and definitive source of information
on government procurement. Further, the GPPB is authorized to approve
changes in the procurement process to adapt to improvements in modern
technology, provided that such modifications are consistent with
the provisions of Section 3 of this Act.
To take advantage of the significant built-in efficiencies of the
G-EPS and the volume discounts inherent in bulk purchasing, all
Procuring Entities shall utilize the G-EPS for the procurement of
common supplies in accordance with the rules and procedures to be
established by the GPPB. With regard to the procurement of non-common
use items, infrastructure projects and consulting services, agencies
may hire service providers to undertake their electronic procurement
provided these service providers meet the minimum requirements set
by the GPPB.
ARTICLE IV — COMPETITIVE BIDDING
SEC. 10. Competitive Bidding.
All Procurement shall be done through Competitive Bidding, except
as provided for in Article XVI of this Act.
ARTICLE V — BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE
SEC. 11. The BAC and its Composition.
Each procuring entity shall establish a single BAC for its procurement.
The BAC shall have at least five (5) members, but not more than
seven (7) members. It shall be chaired by at least a third ranking
permanent official of the procuring entity other than its head,
and its composition shall be specified in the IRR. Alternatively,
as may be deemed fit by the head of the procuring entity, there
may be separate BACs where the number and complexity of the items
to be procured shall so warrant. Similar BACs for decentralized
and lower level offices may be formed when deemed necessary by the
head of the procuring entity. The members of the BAC shall be designated
by the Head of Procuring Entity. However, in no case shall the approving
authority be a member of the BAC.