Dump procurement law’s ‘lowest bid’ principle, Piñol reiterates
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has underscored anew the need to assess government’s procurement code where the lowest bidder always wins, a rule perceived to overlook the quality of purchased goods and services.
“There is really a need to revisit the Government Procurement Law or else the government will continue to suffer from endless financial hemorrhage,” the Agriculture chief said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
“Indeed, President [Rodrigo] Duterte is right: ‘Lowest Bid Price Does not Mean Better Quality.'”
Mr. Piñol has long slammed the procurement process embedded in the law, particularly over the low quality of seeds that are distributed to seed-subsidy-beneficiary farmers who even often end up with seeds that are not suitable to be planted in their lands, at all.
He criticized the tedious process and delays met in releasing these farm interventions, a process is usually completed by the time farmers have also finished planting.