Requesting Entity: National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)
Issues Concern: Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) Recommendation
Whether Small Value Procurement with the amount of below Php500, 000.00 would require endorsement of the BAC for the HOPE's approval.
The Guidelines for Shopping and Small Value Procurement (Guidelines) does not state that any endorsement of the BAC is needed for award of contract to the lowest quotation (for goods or infrastructure projects) or after successful negotiations, the highest rated offer (for consulting services). However, it bears stressing that Section 12 of Republic Act (RA) No. 9184 vested to the BAC, as one of its functions, the power to recommend award of contracts to the Head of the Procuring Entity (HOPE) or his duly authorized representative. Accordingly, regardless of the amount of Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) in Small Value Procurement, subject to applicable limitations, the BAC's endorsement to the HOPE for award of contract is necessary.