BONTOC, Mountain Province – The Provincial Government and the Procurement Service – Department of the Budget and Management (PS-DBM) re-launched the Procurement Service Depot in the province recently. The Depot re-located to the ground floor of the Multi-Purpose Building, at the back of the Land Bank of the Philippines Bontoc Branch.
The Procurement Service (PS) in the province was a sub-depot of the Benguet Depot. However, it became a full-fledged depot with the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Provincial Government and the DBM. In the MOA, with the Province will provide administrative supervision, marketing and sales support.
Depots are established by the DBM pursuant to the DBM Executive Order (EO) 359, series of 1989 but which are now governed by Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act. These depots are meant to provide commonly used supplies, materials and equipment requirements of various government offices.
Since its existence in 2008, the Mountain Province sub-depot has been the source of supplies, materials and equipment to many government offices in the province, enabling the depot to earn more than 2.2 million pesos from total sales of almost 39 million pesos. Pauline Manogan, the PS Mountain Province Depot Manager, said that the prices of the goods in their warehouse may be as much as fifty percent lower than similar products found in commercial stores, and thus provides opportunities for government offices to save on costs of supplies and materials.
Manogan encouraged all government offices to take advantage of the depot for their supplies, as it simplifies the procurement process by dispensing with the need to canvass for supplies available in the depot. Ms. Manogan noted that some municipal local government prefer to get supplies from the Benguet Depot, specially recently when stocks of the MP depot were not being replenished by the PS-DBM recently pending the MOA with the province. She further said that offices will save on transportation costs if they procure supplies from the MP depot.
The location – the office and warehouse – of the Procurement Service Office was transferred a few times, until its final relocation at the ground floor of the Multi-Purpose Building, a location viewed by the PS-DBM as more secure and bigger.
During the simple re-launching ceremonies, Governor Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr., said “We welcome this latest development, as the depot shall be more able to provide needed supplies and materials for government offices in the province, at cheaper prices, while simplifying procurement processes as well. As office supplies and materials needed by government offices increase, we expect the depot, supervised by the province, to improve its services and help these offices provide better service to our common clientele, the people of the province.”
By Gary Pekas