In accordance with the issuance of Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) Resolution No. 03-2020, approving the adoption of efficient, effective, and expedient procurement procedures during a state of public health emergency, the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) has updated the list of the Common-Use Supplies and Equipment (CSE) to include medical supplies and other essential items in an effort to curb the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the country.
Among such items that are now available are disposable head and shoe covers, surgical masks, gloves, and tissue paper.
Rest assured that the PS-DBM is doing the best of its ability to make more items—as indicated in the same Resolution—available, among which are alcohol, sanitizers, thermometers, hand soap, detergent, other cleaning materials, personal protective equipment for utility staff, common medicines, and testing kits.
This list of ‘urgently required’ items to address the current COVID-19 pandemic was submitted by the Department of Health for its prompt mobilization. The Department of Interior and Local Government and several local government units have likewise submitted their demand for the items.
On March 16, 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte declared a state of calamity in the Philippines. The World Health Organization, meanwhile, already classified the viral disease as a pandemic.
In support of the government’s efforts to contain the virus and slow its spread, the PS-DBM reiterates its commitment to be of service to the Filipino people by providing smart—and healthy—procurement solutions.