NPM No. 072-2017
Requesting Entity: BANGKO SENTRAL NG PILIPINAS
Issues Concern: Acceptability of Non-Policy Matter Opinions
Whether the Non-Policy Matter (NPM) Opinions being issued by the Government Procurement Policy Board-Technical Support Office (GPPB-TSO) are acceptable and can be considered valid references in making decisions.
Non-Policy Matter Opinions are being issued by the GPPB-TSO pursuant to the authority granted by the GPPB, in accordance with the latter`s quasi-legislative power and mandate to determine policy direction in the area of government procurement through the formulation of procurement rules, regulations and guidelines.
Since the GPPB-TSO is tasked to provide research, technical, and administrative support to the GPPB including research-based procurement policy recommendations and rule-drafting, among others, its NPM Opinions can be accorded great respect considering the knowledge, experience and expertise the agency gained in the application and interpretation of the law; including the formulation of the ensuing rules and allied guidelines where its participation was instrumental.