The Department of the Interior and Local Government welcomed the signing of a memorandum allowing local chief executives to make advance payments for coronavirus vaccines exceeding the 15% limit set under national procurement laws.
Memorandum Order No. 15 signed by President Duterte authorizes the health department and the National Task Force Against COVID-19 to make advance payments of over 15% of the total contract amount for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines.
Before the memo, the implementing rules and regulations of the Government Procurement Reform Act stated an advance payment “shall be made only after prior approval of the President, and shall not exceed 15 percent of the contract amount, unless otherwise directed by the President.”
Interior Undersecretary Bernardo Florece said the order is a welcome development to hasten the acquisition of COVID-19 vaccines for all adult Filipino citizens.