|Title: DIGITALIZATION OF THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS IN THE PROVINCE OF MASBATE|
Government offices are moving to digitalization and transformation on its services. Advantages of digitalization will have public sectors improve operational transparency, responsiveness, accountability and internal efficiency. (Ylinen, 2021). This descriptive-inferential research design focus on the digitalization of the procurement process in the Department of Public Works and Highways in the Province of Masbate, aimed in determining its status of the procurement process in terms of pre-procurement, procurement, and post procurement. Assessing the level of efficiency through transparency, competitiveness, streamlined procurement process, system of accountability, and public monitoring to know if agreement exist among the three districts. Findings of the study denoted that pre-procurement, procurement, and post-procurement process were indicated to be highly applied based from the indicators, and very efficient for the level of efficiency, while the mean ranks for each stage and activity vary across the different groups, suggesting some degree of variation in perceptions and experiences of the procurement process. However, the overall finding of significant agreement on the ranks of the procurement process indicates a general consensus among the groups in the 1st district about the relative importance and effectiveness of different stages and activities in the procurement process. However, positivity on the use of digital services an e-procurement process can effectively adopted.
|Keywords: Social Science, Digitalization, Procurement, Procurement process, Bicol College, Philippines.|