COA flags Siquijor over deficiencies in contracts, public bidding

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by Allan Yves Briones

At least 13 contracts signed by the province of Siquijor featured deficiencies in violation of procurement law, a report by the Commission on Audit (COA) disclosed.

State auditors found seven deficiencies which could reportedly “affect the propriety and regularity” of local procurement activities:

Detailed engineering surveys and designs certifications
Lack of date of approval by the Head of the Procuring Entity
No information on public bidding results
Delays in contract signing
Delayed issuance of Notice to Proceed (NTP)
Failure to publish NTP and approved contract

These requirements are mandated under the Revised IRR of Republic Act No. 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.

COA recommended that the province direct its Bids and Awards Committee to strictly observe the prescribed periods under procurement law “to establish the propriety/regularity of the procurement activities.”

The Siquijor’s provincial engineer promised that they have adopted COA’s recommendations and directed all concerned officials to strictly observe procurement regulations.

In addition, concerned officials have been instructed to “follow the law on procurement and avoid unnecessary and unjustified deviations.”

Siquijor Governor Zaldy Villa received a copy of the Audit Observation Memorandum last January 4, 2019. #