The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) ordered government agencies to conduct early procurement activities for 2019 projects to speed up the delivery upon the implementation of the General Appropriations Act.
“To ensure efficient implementation of programs, activities, and projects, agencies shall undertake timely procurement planning and early procurement activities,” the DBM said in a circular letter dated July 30, and signed by Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno.
“Early Procurement shall be undertaken for the majority of the planned procurement of agencies as included in the NEP (National Expenditure Program) submitted to Congress. This ensures that all single-year projects shall be fully implemented within the validity period of the FY 2019 national budget,” it added.
Early Procurement activities shall refer to pre-procurement conference until post-qualification of bids and recommendation by the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) to award the contract to the winning bidder.
The proposed P3.757-trillion budget for 2019 will shift from a two-year obligation-based appropriation to an annual cash-based system, where allocations shall be limited to the requirements for payments for goods delivered, services rendered, and infrastructure projects completed by the end of a fiscal year. — Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan