Taguig City, Philippines – Very recently audio clips were posted at Facebook involving communications between DepEd officials and employees including a contractor (or maybe a fixer) on alleged corruption in the Department of Education Division of Taguig and Pateros ( http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1
The said postings at Facebook prove that the "Philippine GovernmentPortal System (PhilGEPS) has its faults and of course it is pointless unless government agencies and LGUs actually use it (Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project).”
With the present system where biddings and procurement contracts are still left in the hands of government agencies without intensive monitoring, the objectives of the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) on transparency and competitiveness will only remain in print.
The objective on widest dissemination on the invitation to bid may reach prospective bidders but as to public monitoring on how the process go about may not be feasible unless somebody inside the procurement system leak those information.
It is common knowledge that there are irregularities resulting to benefit only those favored contractors. Big time contractors ordinarily monopolize almost all big projects in the government by buying out other contractors requesting them not to submit bids in exchange for monetary compensation. This can be made possible with the cooperation of those involve in the bidding process.
PhilGEPS posting can also be manipulated by circumventing the law (R.A. 9184). For compliance purposes, agencies post the invitation to bid only for purposes of getting a printed copy to support alleged compliance although in truth and in fact there was no actual posting to meet the minimum number of days required by law. Thus, widest dissemination objective is not met.
Without the vigilance of the COA Auditor to confirm such compliance, the irregularity will remain obscure. Post audit of transactions must be updated. If possible COA Auditors must walk through the process to determine the weakness of the system.
Sometimes invitations to bid are published in tabloids instead of broadsheets with general nationwide circulation. As per rumors, tabloids are easily bought by big contractors to avoid information dissemination as they are affordable than broadsheets.
Graft and corruption has become a culture not only in the AFP but also in other government agencies and LGUs, not unless the government exert more effort, corruption will continue eroding the bureaucracy to the detriment of the people’s welfare.