UN-FAO ENHANCES COMPETENCE LEVEL OF MAFAR STAFF ON PROCUREMENT PROCESSES

Key officials of MAFAR-BARMM have levelled up in terms of knowledge and skills in procurement policies, procedures, and processes not only of the Philippine government but also of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN-FAO).

 

This has been possible after their participation to the “Training Workshop on Procurement Policies, Procedures, and Processes conducted by UN-FAO on August 16-18, 2019, at Microtel by Wyndham in Davao City.

 

The activity basically endeavored to enable the participants from the agriculture, fisheries, and agrarian reform offices to familiarize themselves with government and FAO procurement guidelines and processes thereby ensuring smooth implementation of current and future MAFAR-FAO partnership projects and programs. In addition, the workshop was also aimed at enhancing the understanding of MAFAR staff on good governnance principles in procurement such as transparency, accountability, competitiveness, public monitoring, and streamlining of procurement processes.

 

Highlights of the training-workshop included the presentations on the Overview of the Government Procurement Reform Law-PHILGEPS / Bids and Awards Committee Composition, Functions and Procedurals by Antonio Faunillan, Jr., Chief Administrative Officer of DBM Region XI; Procurement of Civil Works and Farm Machineries given by Engr. Naomi Carpio, Chief Engineering Plans, Design, and Specifications of DA-Central Office; Procurement of Agricultural Inputs by Engr. Cristy Pulido, OIC, Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering at DA-Central Office and Engr. Isabelita L. Buduan, Chief, Regional Soils Laboratory; Harmonization of World Bank Procedures/Guidelines with RA 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act delivered by Mary Nor J. Gonzales, Head, Procurement Unit of World Bank-funded Philippine Rural Development Projects; and Procurement Policies and Procedures of UN-FAO by Sarah Lacson, Assistant FAO Representative for Administration.

 

After learning through the lectures, the MAFAR participants actively participated in a breakout group discussion on cases/problems encountered like in the procurement of Agri-fishery inputs, farm machineries, and conduct of training courses.

 

The team also joined the plenary presentations on the results of the small group discussion.

 

Cesar Galvan, UN-FAO’s Peacebuilding Specialist, said that government procurement is a process that is connected to budgeting and development planning. If not well understood, it can be cumbersome and even confusing.

 

Minister Mohammad S. Yacob, Ph.D agreed to this and emphasized the significance of carrying out and conforming to the essentials of proper and right procurement processes indispensable in ensuring meaningful implementation of the ministry’s mandates towards developing the Bangsamoro Region.

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