BIR spends 2011 budget, bids out service contracts

EVEN before Congress could ratify next year’s budget, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is already farming out some P40.378 million in maintenance and janitorial contracts intended for the entire 2011.

The BIR, the government’s top revenue earner, will contract out to private contractors the maintenance of its emergency generator sets and centralized air-conditioning system for P1.396 million and P5.708 million, respectively.

The revenue agency would also tap a manpower service company for the delivery of janitorial services involving 93 personnel for a total contract price of P21.725 million.

The BIR is also on the look-out for an Information Technology (IT) company that would protect and secure the revenue agency’s mission-critical ICT infrastructure for a contract price of P11.549 million.

Winning bidders will be known on or after Nov. 4, 2010.

The revenue agency said it would use its remaining budget for 2010 to jumpstart the contracting out of the multi-billion services and follow it through with its 2011 proposed budget of P6.994 million.

Of the proposed outlay, the BIR was given a budget of P3.258 billion for its maintenance operating expense and P46.630 million for capital outlay.

The BIR said the pre-spending was being done to ensure unhampered provision of key services in “mission-critical” areas.

The BIR, which collects 75 percent of the total tax revenues, was tasked to collect P940 billion in total revenues in 2011 from the P860.44 billion revenue goal this year.

The government’s proposed P1.654-trillion national budget for next year has already hurdled plenary scrutiny by the House of Representatives, but has yet to be passed in the Senate.  Dino Ng

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