One of markets we haven’t tapped yet is the government. Yes, the Philippine government. We have customers from all types of businesses but not one from the government. Enter PhilGEPS. PhilGEPS is actually an acronym for Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System. It’s a website where most, if not all, government agencies post their procurement requirements. If you want to secure government contracts, this is the place to go.
Registering is not that hard. It’s actually a simple process. What might turn you off is the old style website they have. It’s so sad that our government doesn’t invest in online infrastructure. Also, during office hours, PhilGEPS crawls to a pace as fast as a snail’s wicked ass. It is so slow that you can make coffee and finish it before it loads the page. We often search for opportunities late at night or early in the morning.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, a disclaimer. We are not Procurement Law experts or PhilGEPS experts. As a matter of fact, we only look for opportunities that is labeled Shopping and have never participated in Public Budding. Now that we got that out of the way, here are the simple steps to register on PhilGEPS
The Simple Steps
Go to the PhilGEPS website and click Login As in the upper right hand corner. Choose Supplier and it will take you to another page. Click Register Now and fill out your details. It will ask for your company TIN, DTI. SEC and other pertinent information.
Unlike other websites, registration is not automatic. You need to wait for an email from the administrator for your username and password. It usually takes 1 to 2 days to receive your username and password.
One thing to note is that PhilGEPS offers two types of memberships – free and Platinum. Free is, well, free. Both types of membership allow you to view opportunities. The main difference is that in the Platinum membership you get the much coveted PhilGEPS certificate.
Free is nice but almost all government agencies ask for a copy of your PhilGEPS certificate. Even if the mode of procurement doesn’t require a PhilGEPS certificate, government agencies would ask for a certificate anyways. We cannot count the number of times our quotations have been disregarded since we cannot provide a PhilGEPS certificate. We then upgraded to Platinum membership.
We believe the 5,000 pesos per year membership fee is a good bang for the buck. If you go for the Platinum membership, you need to upload your Business Permit, DTI Certificate, Audited Financial Statement and Tax Clearance. The admin would examine your uploaded documents and if they are good, you can pay the membership fee at any Landbank branch.
If you have the complete documents, it would take a week to get Platinum membership. Your PhilGEPS certificate can be downloaded once you login. Once you have that, you can now search for various opportunities! Happy searching!