PHILIPPINE Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Royina Garma has assured the public and the House of Representatives that the procurement of the PCSO Lottery System (PLS) shall be in accordance with laws and best practices to promote the prudent use of public funds.
She said the procurement of the PLS was undertaken through the Special Bids and Awards Committee, as mandated by Republic Act 9184, as amended. However, only two bidders participated, thus the bidding process was declared “failed and ineligible.”
The PCSO and its consultants are reviewing and evaluating the terms, conditions and specifications of the bidding documents, including cost estimates to immediately rebid the PLS after the approval of the PCSO Board as the Head of the Procuring Entity. Garma said the coverage, components/lots, timeline and related activities for the procurement were policy matters that would also be considered by the PCSO Board.
She said the charity agency has ensured that the Terms of Reference for the new Online Lottery System will be responsive to PCSO lotto requirements.
As part of its due diligence, the PCSO consulted with the Government Procurement and Policy Board, the Governance Commission for government-owned and -controlled corporations, the National Computer Center, the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel and the Office of the President.