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    Posted January 3, 2014 by
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    Phl to speed up building projects

     
    THE Philippine government on Friday said it will remove the special allotment release orders (SAROs) to speed up building major infrastructure projects that benefit the country.
    Speaking for the government, Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte told Malacanang Palace reporters that with the current system, agencies can do their pre-procurement activities immediately after the approval of the national budget and not wait for several weeks before starting the process.
    “It will be easier for them (agencies) to front-load projects, at least ideally within the first week of January, you can already award projects,” Valte said.
    She said that with the new system, agencies can do their pre-procurement activities immediately after the approval of the national budget and not wait for several weeks before starting the process.
    “Ideally, by first week of January, agencies can start issuing notice of award,” Valte said.
    It can be recalled that agencies in previous years have to wait for the SAROs before they can start pre-procurement process. SAROs serve as the green light for the agencies.
    Asked how the abolition of SAROs shield government projects from anomalies, Valte said government agencies are now more transparent and responsible.
    While the government is removing SAROs, Valte said special purpose funds and lump sum funds still need SARO given their lump sum nature.
    Calamity fund for instance need SARO because certain criteria mandated by law has to be met before a request is approved, Valte said.
    She said the Department of Budget and Management is already in the process of computerizing the issuance of SAROs for lump sum items to speed up the process.

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