The BCBP recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding Tuesday, November 9, with the Coalition Against Corruption (CAC), the Bishops-Businessmen’s Conference for Human Development (BBC) and Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (LAIKO)’s Government Procurement Monitoring Committee to field observers in all stages of the procurement process in implementing Section 13 of Republic Act No. 9184, the Government Procurement Reform Act.
In RA 9184 the Bids and Awards Committees of procuring entities are mandated to invite, in all stages of the procurement process, in addition to the representatives of the Commission on Audit, at least two observers to sit in its proceedings in line with the transparency of the process. One of the two observers shall be from a duly recognized private group from a sector or discipline relevant to the procurement at hand, and the other observer shall be from a non-government organization.
The Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals, BCBP, has the distinct task of bringing our Lord into the marketplace especially through its major advocacy – its BE HONEST CAMPAIGN. Therefore, the BCBP believes it is the responsibility of its nationwide organization of member businessmen and professionals to assist and unify their efforts with the CAC-BBC-LAIKO group in fighting graft and corruption in the government procurement process, and to use its efforts and resources to uphold and advance the principles of good and effective governance in public procurement.
The Procurement Monitoring Project will provide orientation, training and deployment of qualified BCBP observers. The BCBP for its part will help organize chapters’ and members’ forum and meetings for said orientation and trainings. The BCBP will endorse members who have expressed interest and willingness to become volunteer BAC (Bids and Awards Committee) observers in their respective areas of expertise.
Present at the signing ceremony at the AIM, Asian Institute of Management Conference Center, Makati, Metro Mla, were: Meneleo J. Carlos, Jr., National Co-Chairman of the BBC; Edgardo J. T. Tirona, CAC-BBC-LAIKO Project Committee Co-Chair; and, the BCBP represented by its Board of Trustees Chairman Roberto “Bobby” Atendido and BCBP’s National Service Coordinator for Programs and Services Jose “Joey” Avellana, Jr. Signing as witnesses to this important document were Ma. Belle Beluan, BBC Exec. Director, Polly Dichoso, BBC-BAC Coordinator, and Lorenzo Judan, BCBP Executive Director.