March 13, 2017

Is it fair? Is it economic? Is it efficient? Is it transparent? Is it accountable? These are questions that the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) procurement team asks in evaluating bids for its sub-projects. 

“Tayo sa PRDP, thorough tayo mag-review. Sa atin ang tagal, ang higpit because we make sure na complete ang process. This is to ensure na yung perang ni-loan natin sa World Bank ay maibibigay talaga sa beneficiaries (With PRDP, we conduct thorough review. We implement strict measures no matter how long it takes to complete the process. This is to ensure that the money we loaned from the World Bank would really go to the intended beneficiaries),” said PRDP-South Luzon Procurement Specialist Maria Rhoda Lavinia Mendoza during the Pre-Procurement Conference for the Camarines Sur Coconut Sap Sugar Processing Center held on March 7, 2017 in Pili, Camarines Sur.

 

The Project is mandated to conduct a Pre-Procurement Conference prior to posting or publication of invitations to bid. Members of Camarines Sur’s Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) and technical working group listened to Mendoza as she provided a refresher training on the World Bank PRDP Harmonized Procurement Guidelines. She also discussed the reasons for non-responsiveness of bids as well as the common mistakes that local government units and bidder/contractors commit including deficient number of days in the publication of the Invitation to Bid (ITB) in the newspaper, erroneous Philippine Bidding Documents (PBD) and inconsistent items of work in the Bill of Quantities (BOQ) under the bidder’s financial proposal and the approved PBD’s BOQ.

“Procurement is inextricably linked with implementation and disbursement so if it causes unreasonable delay at this stage then we cannot expect that we would be implementing the Project as planned,” PRDP-Bicol Procurement Unit Head Imelda P. Acompañado said.

She stressed that although the region is not the procuring entity, constant follow up and monitoring of LGUs’ compliance are necessary to achieve targets.

“If there is timely procurement, there would be timely implementation. Ultimately, timely implementation leads to immediate benefits and impact to the lives of the people. If there are FMRS in place and microenterprises provided, it would contribute greatly to PRDP’s goal to increase farmers’ income,” she added.  

PRDP-Bicol Procurement Unit beefed up its manpower complement and designated specific focal persons to each province to facilitate smooth procurement process. As of February 28, 2017, PRDP-Bicol has 13 infrastructure development (I-BUILD) sub-projects worth P717.93 million and five I-REAP sub-projects with a total cost of P54.58 million under procurement. (Annielyn L. Baleza, DA-PRDP RPCO V InfoACE Unit)