Posted on February 10, 2017
Fellow workers from national government agencies, representatives from our partner airlines Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific, ladies and gentlemen, good morning and thank you all for being here.
Today, our agenda is to engage government agencies in learning more about the Government Fares Agreement and the process for booking the special discounted fares for government flights.
The organizer of this event, the PS-PhilGEPS, has prepared a lineup of discussions and activities that will provide an in-depth and practical understanding of the GFA, so that government agencies can utilize extensively this special agreement.
Airline tickets are one of the most commonly-requested items in the procurement activities of government agencies. These are not cheap, costing the government billions every year. The PS-PhilGEPS in response has thus adopted a “whole-of-government” approach in procuring airline tickets and initiated a partnership agreement, first with the Philippine Airlines, and then with Cebu Pacific last year, in a move that will greatly and positively impact government transactions for airline travel.
Again, let me thank PAL and Cebu Pacific for partnering with us.
With the GFA, government agencies can purchase domestic airline tickets in an easier, faster, and more cost-efficient manner. Procurement of travel tickets will be easier as it will be coursed through a central web-based portal similar to a virtual store that is accessible 24/7. There will be no more bidding or shopping for the lowest fares. This will significantly quicken the procurement process. Lastly, through this special agreement, bookings by registered government agencies will be discounted.
As stewards of public resources, we are expected to use wisely every peso we are entrusted, and with the GFA, we not only cut down on administrative inefficiencies, but also secure savings which can be channeled to more productive uses such as our national infrastructure projects and social services.
With an 8 percent fare discount, and waived ticketing and processing fees, the national government is bound to benefit greatly from this agreement.
So let us take this opportunity to learn more about the GFA and hopefully, we will all make use of this special agreement in our future official travels.
Maraming salamat at mabuhay!