DA 12 conducts bidders’ forum

DEPARTMENT of Agriculture 12 Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan informed the bidders and contractors that DA 12 has been compliant to Republic Act 9184 also known as The Government Procurement Reform Act of the Philippines.

Director Datukan, in her speech at the DA 12 Management and Bidders’ Forum held in Kidapawan City on October 2, 2012, said, “we are here for us to give you a clearer picture on the procurement process employed by the government which is strictly followed by the DA now.”

“This forum will cater to your concerns and feedbacks that our Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) may use to further enhance the existing bidding process and may correct their inefficiencies if there are any,” she added.

Around 35 contractors from all over the country attended the forum to voice out their concerns regarding how DA is implementing the bidding process.

These companies included agricultural-industrial machinery, agricultural-veterinary supply shops, seed companies and concrete products centers.

Ms. Dianita Lazaro, State Auditor III of the Commission on Audit (COA 12) delivered to the contractors R.A 9184 underscoring how bidding and procurement processes were done.

“Through proper bidding process, we expect that we deliver better services such as high quality farm machinery and agricultural inputs to the farmers,” Datukan said.

“DA is batting for good quality farm machinery at reasonable prices,” she added, making its recipients satisfied thereby; they are more motivated to work at their respective farms.

“It doesn’t mean that when you have the lowest cost, sa inyo na ia-award. Post qualifications check and evaluation are done based on the agency’s desired specifications,” she clarified.

Dir Datukan also announced that DA 12 BAC has been reconstituted by having three observers who represent the private sectors that include Mr. Jamie Junsay from a non-government organization; Mr. Dionesio Bautista, Chairman of Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council and Mr. Ritchie Lyndon Magtulis from a civil society organization and a representative for infra development.

“Members of the BAC were properly trained and selected,” Datukan assured.

In fact, she said, these BAC members underwent rigid orientation given by the Commission on Audit (CoA) and Office of the Ombudsman in Mindanao.

“With our reconstitution in the BAC, panibagong simula ito para sa ating lahat. Mas mahaba pa po ang pagsasamahan natin,” DA 12 Regional Technical Director Enriqueto Natividad, BAC Vice-Chairman said promising that DA is playing fair for the benefits of the farmers.

Being an addition to the committee, RAFC chair Bautista said, he was amazed of the bidding process done by the regional office. He then pledged to the bidders to employ fairness and equality in undertaking the bidding process.

“Kami sa private sector, sasama sa tuwid na daan. Mahirap umpisahan, pero kung sama-sama tayo, madali lang,” Bautista said.

In behalf of the group of contractors, Mr. Jimmy Fongfar of HG Agri-industrial Machinery based in Davao City said, “It is for the first time that DA has organized this kind of forum. We do understand your side particularly in safeguarding the welfare of the farmers. Congratulations.”

Equally significant part of the forum was the release of 25, 843, 469. 00 of the regional office which served as payments to eight (8) winning contractors and suppliers in the biddings conducted for various agricultural inputs and farm machinery.

Among the payees were agri-machinery companies and agri-vet supply centers.

Dir. Datukan said “we released these checks of respective amounts to the winning bidders in the presence of other contractors as part of the transparency initiatives of the DA 12.”

At the end of the forum, Datukan earnestly appealed to the bidders to join with the DA in its quest for more progressive farming communities.

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