The Department of Budget and Management has ordered government agencies to procure goods and services under the proposed 2019 General Appropriations Act in the fourth quarter of 2018.
The order, according to the DBM, is in line with the shift to cash-based budgeting.
The DBM order is contained in Circular Letter No. 2018-8, which is prescribing the guidelines for Early Procurement for Fiscal Year 2019 National Expenditure Program.
“All government entities covered by the Circular shall undertake Early Procurement activities, from October to December 2018, upon submission of the FY 2019 NEP to Congress,” according to the circular signed by Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on July 30.
He said that early procurement of goods and services ensures the efficient implementation of programs, activities, and projects, the DBM noted in a statement on Friday.
Diokno added that the idea is to facilitate project implementation, which can start in January 2009 instead of sometime in the second half.
“The early execution of the project will coincide with the ‘dry’ months—January to June—which makes the likelihood that the project will be completed on time.”