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Asian Development Bank's Director Sean O’ Sullivan

PH procurement reforms one of the best in Asia – ADB

Asian Development Bank's Director Sean O’ Sullivan
Asian Development Bank’s Director Sean O’ Sullivan (right)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Philippine government’s procurement reforms is one of the best in the continent of Asia, according to an executive of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

“They match very well with what the government is trying to do in terms of governance,” said Sean O’ Sullivan, ADB First Director Generation for Operations Service and Financial Management, at the sidelines of the three-day Good Governance Summit 2014 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) that ended Friday.

He explained that the multilateral agency is involved with government projects that are mostly not procurement-intensive.

Sullivan stressed that the agency is helping the government in many ways on the assessment of the procurement system.

He noted that in terms of managing projects the country is “quite sophisticated”.

He said what needs to be done now is to consolidate all the reforms because the arrangements and the procurement platform among others are now in place.

“What we have is good and it’s just further consolidating those achievements,” Sullivan stressed.

Compare to other countries in the region, the ADB executive said the Philippines is also “quite sophisticated in terms of the procurement reforms.”

“It’s certainly up there with other up and middle income countries,” he added.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.