Contractors can now join biddings online as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) allowed the conduct of virtual procurement of civil works contracts.

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Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar (MARK VILLAR FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)

Through Department Order 87, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar has allowed contractors in the procurement of civil works contracts to conduct submission and receipts of proposed bids online.

The electronic process is implemented to streamline the delivery of public service while ensuring safety, health, and welfare of both the department’s personnel and the contractors doing business with the DPWH during this coronavirus pandemic, Villar said.

“In this set-up, bidders are encouraged to directly submit through email their bids in the Department’s procurement activities to the Head of the BAC Secretariat of each Procuring Entity, which has a dedicated email addresses assigned,” Villar added.

The secretary added the DPWH’s decision to move its procurement process online is consistent with the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) Resolution No. 09-2020, entitled: “Approving Measures for the Efficient Conduct of Procurement Activities During a State of Calamity, or Implementation of Community Quarantine or Similar Restrictions, authorizing an online or electronic bid submission” and the “2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (RIRR) of Republic Act (R.A.) 9184.”

Under the department order, a dedicated email address will be assigned to every procuring entity where they will submit their electronic bids.

Bidding invitations will be posted on DPWH and PhilGEPS websites.

DPWH Procurement Service OIC-Director Ma. Victoria Gregorio advised contractors to refer to the Department Order 87, series of 2020, published on the DPWH website for the respective emails of procuring entities and for more detailed instruction of the new online bidding system.

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