Employees of the Procurement Service - Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) Main Office and its Regional Depots attended the training on Republic Act (RA) No. 9184, otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act (GPRA), and its 2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) on April 26 to 27 and May 2, 2023 in an effort to capacitate the members and secretariats of the agency’s Bids and Awards Committees.

RA 9184 and its revised IRR prescribes the necessary rules and regulations for the modernization and standardization of government procurement activities. This Act promotes good governance by adhering to the principles of transparency, accountability, equity, efficiency, and economy in the procurement process.

Facilitated in collaboration with the Government Procurement Policy Board-Technical Support Office (GPPB-TSO), the three-day capacity development activity conducted face-to-face and virtually is a cohesive curriculum of seminars on the fundamental guidelines for procurement. Among the topics discussed were key features of GPRA, procurement planning and budget linkage, standard bidding procedures for goods and infrastructure, preparation of bidding documents, procurement monitoring, framework agreement, alternative methods of procurement, and the latest GPPB issuances and updates.

Alongside these technical topics was the sharing of strategies, successes, and learnings combined with experience-based knowledge and practices.

Organized by the Human Resource Development Division, the training was moderated by government procurement experts and GPPB-recognized trainers former Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Juliana Sunga, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Property and Supply Management Division Chief Engr. Gilbert Mondroy, and retired University of the Philippines - Los Baños Chief Administrative Officer Maria Cielo Lampa.

This initiative forms part of the agency’s series of training programs and sessions not only to equip the workforce with technical skills but ultimately to improve its delivery of public services.

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