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Procurement of 2 or more ISPs

Requested from GPPB by G. Cortez at 03:46 PM on Jan 13, 2023.
Purpose: Research
Date of Coverage: 01/13/2023 - 01/13/2023
Tracking no: #GPPB-247317074380

Cortez 03:46 PM, Jan 13, 2023

Currently, the PE already has an ISP but wants to upgrade the speed, but instead of upgrading the speed, it will opt to procure another connection from a different provider with the same speed and cost thereby doubling the speed. Is there a certain provision prohibiting the procurement of an additional ISP from a different provider for augmentation?

Officer 01:37 PM, Jan 31, 2023

January 31, 2023

Dear Giovanni,

Thank you for your request dated Jan 13, 2023 03:46:30 PM under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch, for Procurement of 2 or more ISPs.

We received your request on Jan 13, 2023 03:46:30 PM and should respond on or before Feb 03, 2023 03:46:30 PM, in accordance with the Executive Order's implementing rules and regulations. However, due to the resignation of our FOI Receiving Officer, may we request an extension of the deadline of our response on or before 15 February 2023. 

Should you have any questions regarding your request, kindly contact me using the reply function on the eFOI portal at, for request with ticket number #GPPB-247317074380.

Thank you.


FOI Receiving Officer
FOI Officer

GPPB-TSO 04:43 PM, Feb 16, 2023

February 16, 2023

Dear Giovanni Cortez,


Thank you for your request dated Jan 13, 2023 03:46:30 PM under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch.

Your Request

You asked for Procurement of 2 or more ISPs.

Response to Request

Your FOI request is approved. I enclose a copy of all of the information you requested.

PEs are not prohibited from bidding out its additional ISP, so long as the additional ISP is properly included the APP of the agency in accordance with Section 7.2 of RA No. 9184 and its 2016 Revised IRR. As a reminder, Section 10 of RA No. 9184 and its 2016 Revised IRR prescribes that all procurement shall be done through competitive bidding. Alternative methods may be resorted to only in highly exceptional cases subject to the approval of the Head of the Procuring Entity (HOPE), and whenever justified by the conditions provided in the law.

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Thank you.


FOI Decision Maker, GPPB-TSO
FOI Receiving Officer

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