As part of the plan to roll out the Virtual Store (VS) in the regions, the Customer Service Team under the Marketing and Sales Division of the Procurement Service - Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) recorded an online tutorial among regional client-agencies on the uploading of the Annual Procurement Plan for Common-use Supplies and Equipment (APP-CSE) 2024 Form exclusively through the modernized Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (mPhilGEPS).
The recording of the pilot session took place on August 3, 2023.
Apart from the existing features, the trainers provided an overview on eBidding and eMarketplace as additional functionalities of mPhilGEPS. These are intended to make the procurement process more efficient. The legal bases for the fulfillment of PS-DBM’s mandate to operate a centralized procurement system of CSE for the whole of government were also discussed. The Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) resolution that mandated the full implementation of VS beginning August 2021 was likewise highlighted.
VS is presently utilized by client-agencies in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. As of writing, there are a total of 1,965 client-agencies with active VS accounts. The efforts to deploy VS to the regions follow the government’s thrust to digitalize its operations especially the procurement process.
“The PS-DBM is relentless in its efforts to provide avenues for our key stakeholders to engage in procurement opportunities that are green, high quality, affordable, and with ease,” said OIC-Executive Director Genmaries S. Entredicho-Caong in a recorded message.
Mr. Dave Y. Valderrama, Director for the PS-DBM Regional Operations Group, emphasized the inevitability of digital transformation. “Let’s embrace it… We hope that you are open to changes since mag-iiba talaga ang proseso, but these changes are for the better.”
Due to a limited number of participants that can be accommodated by the video conferencing platform utilized during the tutorial, the recording was initiated to make the session accessible and available for viewing of other client-agencies.
Other sessions are scheduled to orient more client-agencies prior to the deadline for submission of APP-CSE 2024 Form on September 15, 2023.