Information Technology Officers of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) under the Procurement Service – Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) facilitated a training session on the use of modernized PhilGEPS (mPhilGEPS) among procurement practitioners of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), including their Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) members, Secretariats, Technical Working Group, and end-users, from July 13 to 14, 2023 at the DFA Office in Manila.
Aimed at enabling the DFA BAC to effectively utilize and navigate mPhilGEPS, its features and functionalities, the seminar covered discussions on the end-to-end procurement process — from the submission of the Annual Procurement Plan (APP) to the posting of contracts. Other topics included account management and role of users; bid notice creation; membership registration and upgrade; e-Bidding that includes bid submission, opening, and evaluation; post-qualification; award creation; and contract management.
The two-day event was facilitated by PS-DBM trainers, Ms. Mary Jane Dacumos and Mr. Francisco Punzalan of the PhilGEPS’ IT Research and Planning Division. PhilGEPS Director Dr. Maria Teresita Semana was also in attendance. In her message, she highlighted the role and contribution of the mPhilGEPS in the national government’s thrust to digitalize its operations.
“The modernization of PhilGEPS was necessitated to provide and implement a total e-government procurement solution that is transparent in all stages,” she reiterated.
DFA Undersecretary for Administration and Head of Procuring Entity Antonio Morales and DFA Assistant Secretary and BAC Chairperson Charlie Manangan formed part of the DFA crowd.
PS-DBM — through the PhilGEPS which serves as the single, centralized electronic portal and is the primary and definitive source of government procurement information — welcomes these engagements as an opportunity to establish an open, transparent, efficient, and competitive marketplace geared towards a progressive public procurement process.