NMP participants of the 5-day training on RA 9184 and its 2016 Revised IRR

TACLOBAN CITY – In line with its efforts to strengthen and improve its systems and procedures particularly in the implementation of its procurement process, the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), conducted a webinar on Republic Act No. 9184, also known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act” (GPRA), and its 2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) on 20-24 September 2021.

RA 9184 prescribes the rules and regulations for the modernization, standardization and regulation of the government’s procurement activities. The 5-day training was led by the composite team of the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) – recognized trainers.

Organized by the Agency’s Human Resource and Management Section (HRMS) and the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), the webinar aimed to better capacitate its personnel especially those involved in the Agency’s procurement process with the new guidelines or modifications in the implementation of RA 9184 especially that the GPPB issued an updated IRR as of 31 March 2021.

NMP Executive Director Joel B. Maglunsod in his Opening Message emphasized the importance of attending the said training.

NMP ED Joel B. Maglunsod delivering his Opening Message

“We should apply our learnings acquired from this training into our systems and processes to ensure that the provisions of RA 9184 are strictly implemented in all our procurement activities thereby we can avoid the risks and penalties associated with our procurement law.  Let us be conscious and serious in exercising our roles in the Agency’s procurement activities, let us follow the procurement law for a graft-free bureaucracy and a better public expenditure program” he said.

ED Maglunsod also lauded the GPPB for being responsive and adaptive to the emerging needs and technological innovations given the COVID-19 pandemic by shifting their trainings to “online”, thus, allowing NMP to conduct continuing capacity development program to its personnel despite the current health crisis.

Salient topics discussed during the webinar include: Efficient Procurement Measures during State of Calamity or Implementation of Community Quarantine or Similar Restrictions; Simplified Posting and Electronic Submission of Procurement Reports; Key Features of GPRA and Procurement Organization; Procurement Planning and Budget Linkage including Early Procurement Activities; and Standards Bidding Procedure for Goods, Services and Consulting Services.

During the open forum, participants were given the opportunity to ask questions and/or clarifications on the procurement practices which were all answered by the Resource Speakers.

The training was attended by the members of NMP BAC, BAC-Technical Working Group (TWG), BAC Secretariat, Designated Canvassers and End-Users from all section/units.

In her Closing Message, NMP OIC of the Office of the Deputy Executive Director and concurrent Head of the Maritime research and Development Division, Ms. Grace Marie T. Ayaso highlighted why the Agency put premium on the procurement processes.  She likewise challenged the participants to put into practice what they have learned from the 5-day training.

 Ms. Grace Marie T. Ayaso challenging the participants during her Closing Message

“The proof of the pudding is in its eating. The total value of your learnings from this training shall be judged when you apply them in your respective areas of work and based from the webinar we have a lot of things to do,”
Ms. Ayaso expressed. 

Moreover, in line with NMP’s commitment to good governance and adherence to the principles of transparency and accountability in its procurement process, the Agency consistently uploads its bidding invitations, bidding documents, Notices of Award, and Notices to Proceed on the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the Agency’s websites and post them in a conspicuous place inside the Agency’s premises.  This allows its stakeholders to have access to transparent procurement reports and updates.

Meanwhile, in accordance with Section 7.2 of the IRR of RA 9184 that implies that  no procurement shall be undertaken unless it is in accordance with the approved Annual Procurement Plan (APP) of the Procuring Entity, the NMP is among the various agencies with successful 2022 APP-Common Use Supplies and Equipment (CSE) submission in the PhilGEPS Virtual Store.

For more information of NMP’s programs and services including its procurement activities, stakeholders and/or interested bidders may access the NMP website thru www.nmp.gov.ph and the NMP’s PhilGEPS postings.