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Testing of e-Procurement Software made possible by financial grant from DOST

An announcement made by the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) highlighted the financial grant given to one of its affiliated startups by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The DOST recently approved a financial grant to a startup that is affiliated with the University of the Philippines (UP) Visayas – Small Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Development Services Technology Business Incubator (SEEDS-TBI) in order to perform a field test on its software application effective March 2018.

Project Leader of SEEDS-TBI Ms Frediezel G. de Leon shared that one of its incubatee has developed an e-Procurement Software (ePS) designed for the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of all government agencies.

Engr Jose Rizaldy G. Harder is the founder of InfoDynamics Technologies. He designed the software that will fully automate the tasks and reports of the local BACs to help promote management efficiency, adherence to government procurement standards and realise transactional transparency.

The software complies with government standards and automates the procurement operations of any government institution. The project can be used nationwide in any area of procurement management since the proposed users of the software are the local government units (LGUs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), national government agencies (NGAs), government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCCs), government hospitals, higher education institutions (HEIs) and even barangays.

The DOST gave the final nod on the software after a series of thorough marketing, technical and financial reviews from a panel of experts and DOST officials.

In the process, the DOST learned that there is no similar software in the market with comparable scope, capacity and integrated functionality as the one designed by InfoDynamics Technologies.

This software can process and generate all required reports for government biddings and all alternative modes of procurement. The system also automates the preparation of Office PPMPs, the Annual Procurement Plan (APP), auto-ledgering of Purchase Requests (PRs), and the issuance of POs and awards for each transaction.

The system is available for use by government agencies in line with the Government Procurement Reform Act (RA 9184) as implemented in 2001.

The DOST grant covers the period from March 2018 to March 2019 and will require actual field testing of the software to be performed by various government agency groups. Other agencies such as the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB), the Commission on Audit (COA) and the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) will also review the software.

The project will be monitored by the DOST-Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) and DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD).

The Small Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Development Services Technology Business Incubator (SEEDS-TBI) is a multi-disciplinary project organized by the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) – College of Management and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST VI).

InfoDynamics Technologies holds its office at the SEEDS-TBI facility at the UP Visayas, Iloilo City.

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