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Budget Sec Andaya coming to Davao

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (1 September) -- Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Rolando G. Andaya Jr, Procurement Service executive director Estanislao C. Granados Jr., top DBM officials from Manila and former colleagues of Secretary Andaya from the House of Representatives are coming to Davao to grace the official opening of DBM's Procurement Service Exchange Mart (PX Mart) on Sept 15, 2006.

According to DBM XI Director Achilles Gerard C. Bravo, PX Mart is a pet project of the Secretary which he wants to be established throughout the nation. PX Mart is a non-wage benefit for government employees aimed at providing common-use and household items, groceries and other foodstuff at costs substantially lower than the prevailing prices.

The first PX Mart was launched at the DBM central office last May 1, 2006 by no less than Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Since then, series of PX Mart launchings have been made at the different DBM regional offices nationwide.

Eleven regional PX Mart commissaries are now located at DBM central office in Manila; RO 1 in La Union; RO 2 in Tuguegarao; RO 3 in Pampanga; RO 4 in Legazpi; RO 7 in Cebu; RO 8 in Tacloban; RO 10 in Cagayan de Oro; RO XI in Davao; RO 12 in Koronadal; and CAR in Baguio.

The launching of PX Marts open the door for government agencies to establish their own PX Marts/Agency commissaries to be operated by their duly registered employees association or cooperatives with prior authority from the Procurement Service subject to certain requirements.

To avail of the PX Mart, government employees are only required to present a valid ID to be able to buy at the PX Mart. Items to be bought from the PX Mart shall only be for personal or family use of government employees.

Interested government employees' association or cooperatives as well as individuals may visit PX Mart located at DBM XI compound at Matina, Davao City or contact PS XI Depot at 296 9562 or get in touch with Fe Jagna of DBM for further details and information. (PIA) [top]

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