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PIA Press Release
2007/09/13

PGMA creates two bodies to ensure transparency, good governance in massive public investments

Manila (13 September) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has created a Procurement Transparency Board (PTB) under the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB), and a Pro-Performance Infrastructure Monitoring Group (PIMG).

President Arroyo said the PTB – which was approved by the Cabinet last Tuesday – shall "ensure transparency and good governance in our massive public investments."

The president revealed the creation of the board during the launching ceremony of the Bishops-Ulama Conference (BUC) Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Forum for Peace held at Malacanang's Rizal Hall last night.

The PTB will be chaired by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and have members from the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG), "and the economic planning departments, plus representatives of civil society organizations for procurement reform, which trains and fields external observers in government and awards committee nationwide."

Speaking before the BUC-AFP-PNP group, the President stressed that the transparency group shall "monitor procurement bidding and report anomalies to agency heads as well as governance bodies like the Ombudsman and the Commission on Audit."

The President added that the Cabinet also approved the creation of a separate infra monitoring group "which shall also harness civil society and the private sector in ensuring that public works projects serve the needs and objectives for which they are undertaken, and contract terms and timetables are complied with."

The President announced the creation of the two bodies as she revealed that her administration has created six million jobs in six years, which has "helped raise wages, lower the rate of poverty…" and that "even the World Bank and the ADB (Asian Development Bank) say that – invest in education and health care and invest heavily in roads, bridges and vital services."

"This is what the people of the nation deserve. And I would like to report to our good bishops-ulamas that to ensure transparency and good governance in our massive public investments, we are creating… a procurement transparency group…" (OPS) [top]

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