PS Zambo Sub-Depot cuts short procurement process PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 May 2012 15:55

Aside from supplying government agencies with cheaper and quality common use materials and equipment requirements, the Procurement Service (PS) Zamboanga Sub-Depot, which was unveiled yesterday at the City Coliseum in Tetuan, cuts short the long and tedious procurement process in government.

Atty. Estanislao C. Granados Jr., executive director of PS, an attached agency of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in Manila, emphasized this yesterday, stressing that government agencies including government-owned and controlled corporations and academic institutions will no longer have to pass through the bidding process when they buy their supplies from the depot.

“Dito wala nang bidding, no more canvassing because all the items in the depot have already passed the bidding and canvassing process and quality control in Manila,” Atty. Granados said, noting that in Zamboanga City or anywhere else in the region there is no laboratory for quality control “at walang skilled inspector who examines and evaluate the quality of materials that government purchases.”

“You can get quality goods at very low prices. Although this is not the best quality, considering that government cannot afford the best quality, it can only afford the optimum quality and we have it at the depot,” Granados explained.

According to him, he broached the plan to put up the depot in Zamboanga City way back in 1989, when then President Cory Aquino issued Executive Order No. 359, authorizing the PS to establish regional depots/sub-depots as part of its organization structure from which government agencies purchase common use supplies, materials and equipment requirements.

“I said then that the first depot to be established should be in Zamboanga, but it did not happen because of many issues, among them was the regional transfer plus the money for the purpose did not come. Now, I say, I will not retire from government without putting up a depot in Zamboanga,” he told the stakeholders, adding that the PS Zamboanga Sub-depot is the 24th in the country today.

Joining Atty. Granados in his trip to Zamboanga were DBM-PS staff from Manila together with Karlo Stefano Demondon, a personal representative of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, who failed to come due to previous commitment in Manila.

For his part, Mayor Celso Lobregat said the PS Zamboanga Sub-Depot was a victim of the regional transfer issue. “This would have been established 23 years ago, but was put off when the regional offices were transferred to Pagadian City,” he said.

Lobregat pointed out that the depot in Zamboanga will also cater to the needs of government agencies from outlying provinces like Basilan and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), therefore it is only proper to establish it here and not in Pagadian.

“It would be illogical to put it up in Pagadian because the goods are brought in Zamboanga and distributed to outlying provinces. Very illogical for the goods brought from Manila to Zamboanga then Pagadian then back to Zamboanga for Basilan and ARMM,” he explained, politics aside.

Highlighting the program was the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the city government represented by Mayor Lobregat and DBM represented by Atty. Granados for the operation and management of PS Zamboanga Sub-Depot temporarily housed at the city coliseum in Tetuan.

Other signatories to the MOA were DBM Regional Director Nilda J. Cemine, Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and City Administrator Antonio G. Orendain Jr.
The depot will have City Budget Officer Virginia San Agustin Gara as manager. — Vic Larato