The Procurement Service – Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM), through its Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) Group, met with representatives from different Local Government Units (LGUs) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) on March 11 and 21, 2024, respectively, to promote the use of Modernized PhilGEPS’ (mPhilGEPS) Electronic Procurement (eProcurement) Facility for their procurement activities in 2024.

Organized by the Information Technology Research and Planning Division of PhilGEPS, under the leadership of Director Dr. Maria Teresita Semana, the training sessions form part of the agency’s efforts to capacitate its network of client-agencies in transitioning to electronic procurement through the mPhilGEPS.

The mPhilGEPS’ eProcurement Facility allows users to fully digitalize the conduct of the entire bidding — from uploading the Annual Procurement Plan (APP) to the Publication of Awards and Contract Implementation. The basic, additional, and upcoming features of mPhilGEPS, along with the advantages of utilizing the same, were likewise discussed.

The discussions also provided an overview of the PS-DBM eMarketplace – an online platform that enables procuring entities to search, view, compare, select, and procure common-use and non-common-use supplies and equipment from legally, technically and financially capable suppliers. This is akin to known e-commerce applications for online purchasing.

A total of almost 300 participants, mainly supply and procurement officers, joined the meetings.

Capacity-building activities for stakeholders such as these, with focus on PhilGEPS modernization, are in line with PS-DBM’s 12-point agenda for procurement reforms as well as the government’s thrust towards digital transformation and bureaucratic efficiency.

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