The PUP Open University Systems (PUP-OUS) through the Institute of Continuing Professional Development (ICPD) conducted the six-day Certified Public Procurement Specialist Basic Course last July 22-27, 2019 at the Ninoy Aquino Library Learning Resource Center. The program is in collaboration with the Government Procurement Policy Board Technical Support Office (GPPB-TSO), the government agency mandated to establish a sustainable training program for procuring entities.

The first day of the program was formally opened with the opening remarks from GPPB-TSO Executive Director Atty. Rowena Candice M. Ruiz, followed by the welcome remarks from OUS Executive Director Dr. Carmencita L. Castolo. The background of the programs was presented by ICPD Director Dr. Rovelina Jacolbia.

Experts in procurement who were invited as resource speakers were Atty. Rowena Candice M. Ruiz, Atty. Melissa A. Santiago-Yan, and Atty. Elmira S. Cruz-Caisado from GPPB-TSO; Dir. Mary Angelene DP. Arabit-Tolentino of Department of Tourism; Atty. Zenaida Bautista-Biteng of Department of Transportation; Ms. Ruth F. Romano of Department of Education; Atty. Tommy S. Dimaala of Philippine Ports Authority; and Engr. Gilbert C. Mondroy of Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Participants came from twenty-one institutions which are mostly government agencies and State Colleges and Universities. They are from Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Climate Change Commission, Council for the Welfare of Children, Local Government Academy, Mid-Land Pasig Development Corporation, National Confederation of Cooperatives, National Economic and Development Authority, Public Attorney’s Office, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Philippines Legislative Liaison Office, Philippines Nuclear Research Institute, Rizal Medical Center, Veterans Memorial Medical Center, Philippines Crop Insurance Corporation, Mindanao State University Ilagan Institute of Technology, Philippine Normal University, Partido State University, Philippine Science High School Eastern Visayas Campus. Participants from PUP were from College of Law, Procurement Office, and Internal Audit Office also took part in the certificate program.

After the 56-hour lecture on the sixth day of the course, an examination was given to assess the participants’ learning. Those who successfully passed the examination will be recognized as Certified Public Procurement Specialist. The second wave of trainees will undergo the same training in the next quarter of the year. Intermediate and advance level certification training are among the ICPD’s next target until the first quarter of 2020.

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