Budget chief wants efficiency, transparency in gov’t procurement

Budget chief wants efficiency, transparency in gov’t procurement

By Cip D.C. Cabrera

MALACAÑAN, Manila — Stressing the importance of providing genuine service to the public, budget and management secretary Amenah Pangandaman has expressed the importance of having the government’s procurement service guided by bureaucratic efficiency and transparency.

In an official statement, Pangadaman disclosed that the conduct of proper procurement should be guided by these overarching principles in order to achieve the commitment and goals envisioned by the Marcos administration for the country’s march towards development and progress.
Pangandaman, who also concurrently serves as chairperson of the Government Procurement Police Board (GPPB), described procurement as “an essential part of any government institution and can even be the deciding factor in the delivery of the agency’s service to the public.”

In addition, she underscored three characteristics of sound procurement: “First, it programs; second, proper procurement can generate savings for an institution—something very important considering our limited fiscal space due to the pandemic; and finally, proper and transparent procurement also contributes to trust in government institutions and the administration.”

To exemplify the advantages of proper procurement, the budget chief cited the procurement during the tenure of former DBM secretary Benjamin Diokno: “If I may toot my own horn, under the capable leadership of then DBM secretary Diokno, we reported procurement savings of P18.3 billion in 2018, which we were able to compute by comparing actual award costs with the approved budget of the contract or project cost estimates for foreign-assisted projects.” (ai/mtvn)

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