University of the Philippines Los Baños
Thursday, 01 March 2018 08:39

UPLB unifies procurement guidelines


UPLB offices know too well the struggle of acquiring supplies under the government procurement guidelines and as revealed at the recent seminar of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), the procurement process is more intricate than it seems.

BAC members and the BAC Secretariat met on Feb 22 at the Training Center for Tropical Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability (TREES) to finalize the unified procedures of the three BACs -  Regular, Infrastructure, and Research -  in compliance with RA 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act). RA 9184 was established to help the government procure its needs from the best person or organization who can supply that need, at the best price and at the right time, in a fair and open manner.

The seminar was held to determine the outline and contents of the Procurement Manual, a handbook which will be distributed to UPLB units to guide the end-users in procurement.

Liza G. Custodio, chair of the BAC Secretariat, acknowledged the frustrations brought by the pace of the process. She underscored, however, that the process is necessary and everyone must abide by the law. “Most people think that the BAC only slows down the procurement process,” she said in an interview. “But procurement and public bidding must follow a set number of days in accordance to the law.”

Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez Jr., represented by Dr. Crisanto A. Dorado, vice chancellor for administration, said in an inspirational message that much of the dismay and disappointment brought about by the procurement process stems from the prevalent lack of knowledge of the UPLB units on how the process works. He expressed hopes for the manual to help the units get a better understanding of the procurement process and for them to level their expectations. (Jessa Jael S. Arana)