Philippines Plans E-Procurement by Year's End

The Philippines' Department of Budget and Management (DBM) aims to launch its Internet-based procurement system by the end of the year, in a bid to simplify the purchasing of supplies by various government agencies.

In a phone interview with Computerworld Philippines, Director Estanislao C.

Granados, Jr. of the DBM's Procurement Service Department said they still don't know whether the Electronic Procurement System (EPS) will be done on a build- operate-transfer arrangement or not, as the project's request for proposals is still being developed.

Granados said the implementation of the EPS will benefit the government by way of more efficient and streamlined business processes and a more efficient use of personnel.

Granados said the EPS is envisioned to provide three major services: a Public Tender Board for procurement notices, a catalog and virtual store for transactions with government agencies and a suppliers registry to provide agencies a common source list of accredited suppliers to support invitations to bid.

Currently, the DBM's Web site has an electronic catalog that government agencies can browse. The Web site also allows suppliers to register online for accreditation.

To register as a government agency and gain access to the EPS, an agency has to apply at the Procurement Service office, which will give it a UserID and password.

For a company to register as a supplier and gain access to the EPS, the supplier must first accomplish the EPS online registration form.

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