The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will start livestreaming its procurement process via social media platforms or through its official website to avoid potential irregularities or corruption.
“In the past, we are concentrated on the duly authorized observers and engagement of accredited civil society organizations as monitors of the procurement proceedings, (and) this livestreaming efforts create the feeling for any interested people of being there,” DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said in a statement on Sunday.
Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 34 issued by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, livestreaming will allow the public or anyone to watch via social media and examine the procurement process. This is allowed under Republic Act No. 9184 or Government Procurement Reform Act and its revised implementing rules and regulations.
Under Department Order 105 issued by Villar, all implementing offices shall ensure transparency in the procurement of infrastructure projects by posting on official website and/or social media platforms the following information: a) project name; b) approved budget for the contract; c) contract period; d) name of winning bidder and its official business address; e) amount of contract awarded; f) date of award and acceptance; and g) implementing office/unit/division/bureau.
Information technology infrastructure are now being readied by DPWH procuring offices to swiftly ensure that the policy is implemented right away.
Also, the DPWH procurement will go online amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic by allowing contractors in the procurement of civil works contracts to conduct submission and receipts of proposed bids.
Villar implemented the new electronic process through Department Order 87 in September 2020 to streamline the delivery of public service while ensuring safety, health and welfare of both the DPWH’s personnel and contractors doing business with the agency.
“More importantly, the decision to move the DPWH procurement process online is intended to lessen human intervention in receiving bids and therefore reduce the avenue for graft and corruption,” Villar said,
In this set-up, bidders are encouraged to directly submit through email their bids for the department’s procurement activities to the Bids and Awards Committee Secretariat head of each procuring entity, which has a dedicated email addresses assigned. Contractors are advised to refer to the Department Order 87 published on the DPWH website (www.dpwh.gov.ph) for the respective emails of the procuring entities in the central office, regional and district engineering offices, and for more detailed instruction of the new online bidding system. SOVEREIGNPH