• SC orders strict evaluation of courts’ procurement plans

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    THE Supreme Court (SC) has ordered its Procurement Planning Committee (PPC) to strictly evaluate requests for capital equipment and infrastructure, such as office renovation, that are not covered by the available funds in the judiciary’s regular appropriation for 2015.

    The directive came after the court en banc approved the 2015 Annual Procurement Plan (APP) for the High Court and the lower courts as recommended by the PPC.

    In a resolution promulgated by then Clerk of Court Enriqueta Vidal, the SC held that “no additional procurement shall be undertaken unless coursed through the PPC for consideration and appropriate action.”

    “Requests for ICT-related items (connectivity, software and hardware) shall also be strictly reviewed through coordination with the Management Information System Office and the Committee on Computerization and Library…” it said.

    The court pointed out that the review shall be made “to ensure that the proposed procurements are aligned with… standards of the Court.”

    “Also, the approval of the 2015 APP shall be without prejudice to the exclusion of some procurement activities if later found to be redundant or wasteful expenses based on information that have not been made available to the PPC during the drafting of the 2015 APP,” it said.

    The SC added that in any case any item in the APP is proposed to be excluded from the judiciary’s procurement activities because of any of the grounds outlined, “the PPC shall inform the requesting office and other appropriate offices of the ground/s for such exclusion so that a final decision can be arrived through proper consultation.”

    “The PPC shall also consult technical and finance officers to ensure that it can arrive at an informed decision with regard to the exclusion of any item in the APP,” it said.

    “In all cases, the PPC shall apprise [Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno] and/or other authorized officers of the steps taken prior to the actual procurement.”  Jomar Canlas

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