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DBM Sec. Neri to launch regional procurement service depot

Tacloban City (1 December) -- Secretary Romulo L. Neri of the Department of Budget and Management is expected to arrive in Tacloban on December 8, 2005.

This was revealed by Director Imelda Laceras of the Department of Budget and Management Region 8. The visit according to Director Laceras, is in connection with the formal inauguration of the DBM 8 new office building and the launching and opening of the Regional Procurement Service Depot.

The new building of the Region 8 DBM is located at Villa Ruiz, Barangay 77, Marasbaras, Tacloban City, Director Laceras said. The launching and opening of the Regional Procurement Service Depot, Director Laceras revealed, is in connection with the government objective to centralize government procurement pursuant to RA 9184 otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act.

The Regional Procurement Service depot will operate as the center where all transactions related to procurement of supplies and equipment needed in every government agency will be facilitated. Earlier, Director Laceras requested all the national government agencies to furnish DBM 8 with the list of the usual supplies and equipment requirements to enable the agency to determine the initial stocking requirement for the Regional Procurement Service Depot.

Section 63 of RA 9184 provided for the organization of a Government Procurement Policy Board to protect national interest in all matters affecting public procurement, having due regard to the country's regional and international obligations, to formulate and amend whenever necessary the IRR and the corresponding standard forms for procurement, to ensure that Procuring Entities regularly conduct procurement training programs and prepare procurement operations manual for all offices and agencies of government and to conduct an annual review of this Act and recommend any amendments thereto as maybe necessary.

In addition to the powers granted under this Act, the GPPB shall absorb all the powers, functions and responsibilities of the Procurement Policy Board created under Executive Order No. 359, series of 1989. All affected functions of the Infrastructure Committee of the National Economic and Development Authority Board are hereby transferred to the GPPB.

The GPPB shall be composed of the Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management, as Chairman, the Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority, as Alternate Chairman, with the following as Members; the Secretaries of the Departments of Public Works and Highways, Finance, Trade and Industry, Health, National Defense, Education, Interior and Local Government, Science and Technology, Transportation and Communications, and Energy, or their duly authorized representatives and a representative from the private sector to be appointed by the President upon the recommendation of the GPPB. The GPPB may invite a representative from the Commission on Audit to serve as a resource person. (PIA 8) [top]

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