The Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) through the Program Monitoring and Technical Support Services Division (PMTSSD), organized a technical learning session (TLS) on Republic Act No. 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act last November 5, 2021, as part of the continuous effort of the Bureau to ensure that all employees are well-equipped and capacitated with the right knowledge and skills in implementing the DOLE programs and services.
The BWSC tapped Atty. John Vincent Ferrer and Atty. John Ronnel Diana from the DOLE Legal Service to provide the employees with the necessary knowledge about the said law and its processes.
In her opening message, Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla, Director of the BWSC, said that the session will tackle a highly relevant subject with the modernization, standardization, and regulation of the procurement activities of the government.
“This technical learning session will greatly help each and every one of us in implementing our programs, projects, and activities in an efficient, systematic, and expedient manner,” she added.
During the TLS proper, Atty. Diana discussed the preparation of the Annual Procurement Plan, bidding process for goods and infrastructure, as well as for consulting services, the different procurement processes applicable to end-users, pre-procurement conference, documentary requirements and its uses, preparation of market study and purchase request, pre-bid conference, and the common misconceptions about the DOLE Bids and Awards Committee - Technical Working Group.
In the second part, alternative methods of procurement like direct contracting, shopping, and negotiated procurement, among others, were discussed by Atty. Ferrer.
At the end of the session, the resource persons entertained questions from the participants to further explain the law and the processes.