Monday, December 06, 2021

DBM, Cebu Pacific ink deal for discounted fares for state workers

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Cebu Pacific have signed a deal that will provide government employees discounted fares on official business trips.

Under the Government Fare Agreement (GFA) inked Monday, all official travels of government will be granted discounts and waiver of processing fee along with fees for rebooking. In addition, it aims to centralize the purchase of air tickets among government agencies.

“This is a huge step into our goal of getting the highest value for the hard earned money of our Filipino taxpayers. The DBM estimates savings for more than one billion in aggregate discounts and waived fees under GFA,” said Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno.

As early as January 2017, government agencies across the country can avail the discounted fares through DBM Procurement Service website. The website will provide government agencies a link to open the Cebu Pacific’s online portal and book flights easier and faster.

“We are pleased to contribute to this initiative, making air travel more convenient and accessible to our workforce in the government,” said Cebu Pacific President and CEO Lance Gokongwei.

“We are looking forward to flying more government employees as this will also cultivate financial and economic growth of the different regions and provinces in the Philippines,” Gokongwei added.

DBM, together with the Procurement Service-Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PS-PhilGEPS), are exerting effort to standardize procurement engagement and improve ease of doing business for both the government and private sectors.

In addition, DBM will continue to improve the return of investment and seek ways to maximize government resources. (SDR/Sunnex)
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