Continuing its series of procurement information drives geared toward the expansion of its network of partner merchants, the Procurement Service – Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) conducted an Orientation Session for Potential Bidders of Common-use Supplies and Equipment (CSE) on June 26, 2023 at the PS-DBM Main Office in Paco, Manila to familiarize suppliers with the documentary requirements for bid submission.

This follows the successful facilitation of the same activity in March 2023; only this time, the attendees are suppliers that have never been awarded with a contract by PS-DBM for any of its procurement projects.

“We appreciate the standing relationships that we have with our long-time suppliers but this year, gusto po talaga naming maka-invite and maka-attract po ng mga bagong bidders… Our goal really is to encourage you and convince you to join the procurement opportunities of PS-DBM,” Atty. Genmaries “Gen” Entredicho-Caong, Director for the PS-DBM Procurement Group (PG), said in her welcome remarks.

Organized by the Marketing and Sales Division under the PS-DBM Operations Group (OG), in collaboration with PG, the orientation walked the participants through the procurement process. Speakers also zeroed in on the forms and templates of the documentary requirements whether for public bidding or other alternative methods of procurement. The PS-DBM mandate, legal bases, products and services were likewise discussed. A forum to answer questions proceeded after the discussions.

PS-DBM recognizes the role of its partner merchants in the performance of its mandate to operate a centralized procurement of CSE for the whole of government. The more market operators participate in procurement opportunities, the better the competition among them will be.

“If there are several market players, alam po namin na magco-compete sila… They will put their best foot forward. They will place their best offer for the government… Kaya po we want to expand our pool of suppliers — to ensure competition,” Atty. Gen emphasized.

Atty. Gen also explained that with more suppliers, a continuous supply chain of CSE that responds to the demands of the clientele is more likely to be sustained in the PS-DBM Main Office and across the depot offices nationwide.

This will not only strengthen the market but also upscale the agency's logistics and supply chain management, and beefs up regional warehouses through stock-priming — all of which are part of the 12-point agenda to implement transformational reforms and policies under the leadership of Executive Director Atty. Dennis Santiago.

For his part, PS-DBM OG Director Atty. Philip Josef Vera Cruz reminded participants that the officials and employees of PS-DBM shall perform their duties and responsibilities without expectation of any favor or material reward, in strict adherence to the agency’s No Gift Policy.

“Ang talagang objective natin dito ay to improve competition and highlight transparency,“ he said, reiterating the pillars of procurement in his message to formally close the event.

PS-DBM is set to conduct more orientation sessions as part of its market strengthening strategies.


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