DBM-8 Regional Director Imelda C. Laceras.
DBM-8 Regional Director Imelda C. Laceras.

TACLOBAN CITY, (PNA) -– The state-owned Procurement Service (PS) depots in Eastern Visayas have generated PHP85.79 million sales from January to October this year, surpassing sales for the entire 2014.

Department of Budget Management (DBM) Regional Director Imelda Laceras, also PS depot supervisor, said their office is optimistic to surpass the PHP98.5 million target sales for the year with continuing patronization of government agencies.

Of the PHP85.79 million sales, PHP39.34 million was earned Tacloban depot, PHP8.63 million by Borongan depot in Eastern Samar, PHP7.8 million by Naval depot in Biliran, PHP11.04 million by Calbayog depot in Samar, PHP7.25 million by Maasin depot in Southern Leyte, PHP11.71 million by Catarman depot in Northern Samar.

“We expect higher sales towards the end of the year, especially that we have opened our depot to purchases of individual government employees,” Laceras said.

PS, which has outlets in all of the six provinces, sells commonly used office supplies and materials like bond paper, clips, ink, pens, as well as cleaning and sanitary supplies such as detergent, alcohol, and soap. Also available are electric fan, bulb, external disk, monobloc table, waste basket, etc.

Through the depot, the government saves on the conduct of bidding procedures since it is now centralized at the DBM and it also cuts bureaucratic red tape because purchases are done directly and faster.

The PS depot has been mandated under Republic Act 9184, also known as “An Act Providing for the Modernization, Standardization and Regulation of the Procurement Activities of the Government and for other purposes.”

The law was approved in 2003 but due to funding constraints, the PS depot was officially set-up in August 2005. (PNA)