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DBM Secretary graces inauguration of Procurement Service Depot in Region 8

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
September 7, 2009

TACLOBAN CITY  –  Budget Secretary Rolando G. Andaya, Jr., is expected to grace the formal inauguration and blessing of the new building of the Procurement Service Depot in Region, which is located adjacent to the DBM-Region 8 Building.

DBM Region 8 Director Imelda Laceras informed that several Central Office Officials and other regional officials are also expected to attend the September 24, 2009 inauguration of the new PS Depot building.

The thanksgiving mass will start at 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon with Rev. Msgr. Ramon A. Aguilos, Rev. Father Ronel Taboso and Rev. Father Erlito A. Maraya concelebrating.

The Ribbon Cutting and Unveiling of the Marker of the new building will be done by the Honorable DBM Secretary together with Atty. Estanislao C. Granados, Jr., the PS-DBM Executive Director, PA for Eastern Visayas Cynthia Nierras, DBM Undersecretary Mario Relampagos, DBM Secretary Evelyn Guerrero, RDC 8 Chairman Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento, Col. Arnaldo F. Fernandez Jr., who is the commander of the 53rd Engineer  Brigade of the Philippine Army, and the governors of the 6 provinces in Eastern Visayas.

Col. Arnaldo Fernandez and Lt. Col. Krestofel A. Kiamco, commander of the 546 Engineer Battalion in Borongan, Eastern Samar will turn over the keys of the building to Atty. Granados and Director Laceras after which,  the Message of the Keynote Speaker Secretary Andaya will take place.

The Regional Procurement Service Depot (PS Depot) was opened in the Region 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 operates as the center where all transactions related to procurement of supplies and equipment needed in every government agency will be facilitated. Every year, all the national government agencies in the region are to furnish DBM 8 with the list of the usual supplies and equipment requirements to enable the agency to determine the stocking requirement for the Regional Procurement Service Depot.

Section 63 of RA 9184 provides 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.