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N. Cotabato coops form association, prepare for ASEAN integration

COTABATO CITY, Aug. 18 (PNA) –- Problems facing various cooperatives in North Cotabato that made them unproductive and unstable will soon be addressed now that umbrella organization of cooperatives had been formed in the province, officials on Monday said. The Association of Cooperative Officers of Cotabato (ACOC) had been formed with its new set of officials elected. Samuel A. Aquino, provincial cooperatives officer, organized and introduced them to the cooperative advocacy programs and projects of the Provincial Cooperative Development Office (PCDO).

About 220 cooperative officers based in different municipalities of Cotabato joined the forum and were updated on the current undertakings of the PCDO in developing and strengthening cooperatives. “A common goal brought all the coop officers together and this is what we want to happen, to have a strong association and continue uplifting the lives of the members,” Aquino said. Aquino did not reveal the problems besetting the cooperatives in the province but discussed more on strengthening the organizations.

Baldoz orders replication of DOLE 12’s pioneering Internet-based QMS

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato,  Aug 15 (PIA)  Labor  and  Employment Secretary  Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz  has  ordered the  replication of the agency’s first Internet-based  Quality Management System (IQMS)  developed by its regional office in  SOCCSKSARGEN Region. Baldoz, who  visited the  DOLE 12’s  field office in General Santos  City  heaped  praises on the  DOLE  12,  headed  by  Regional Director Ofelia Bautista-Domingo, for implementing this management innovation that eliminates 75 percent of paperwork requirements, enhances transparency, simplifies DOLE transactions, and enhances the region's services delivery capability.

 "This is a first in the DOLE which all DOLE offices should already replicate," said Baldoz. She then issued a directive to DOLE Assistant Secretary Katherine Brimon to take a look at the IQMS of the DOLE 12 for adoption in other offices  of the  department nationwide. Baldoz noted that even the auditors of the Certification International Philippines, Inc. which is the ISO-certifying body of the DOLE 12, has observed the improvements.

"There are commendable improvements already done and planned to update and improve the services and functionality of the IQMS processes . . . These improvements, if benchmarked and institutionalized in all DOLE regional offices, will further improve the delivery of services and programs and make information readily accessible," the CIPI said in its August 2014 audit report. A  brainchild of  Director Domingo, the IQMS was developed  by in-house IT  staff after attending after attending a series of training conducted by an external provider in April 2013

It became operational in November  with  Secretary Baldoz leading the launch. The IQMS is based on the Google Cloud system application, which means all transactions for public consumption can be accessed. Since it is interactive, it allows regional personnel to input, update, edit, and view data online and in a click of a computer mouse, or even hand-held Android mobile devices, such as phones and tablets. "With our IQMS, our clients can have easy access to and control of relevant information on their DOLE transactions. For our staff, it will increase--and indeed, it had increased productivity," said Director Domingo as she described the IQMS to the Secretary.

She said the IQMS has a portal which houses various documents, such as the regional office's quality and operations manuals which outlines the organizational profile, scope, applications and definitions, mandatory processes, core processes, support processes, and review and improvement processes. It also houses various cloud systems, such as the DOLE XII Online Databank e-Reports, Record Registry Tracking System, Human Resource Information System, Labor Case Tracking System, Online Special Program for Employment of Students, and the Online Registration of Worker’s Association. "This will clearly enhance our services, increase productivity, and promote transparency in governance," Baldoz remarked during the briefing-orientation.

“Since this system is paperless, it should be adopted to increase our productivity. But we need to add a very effective monitoring and evaluation system in the IQMS structure to measure the progress of the transformation of our beneficiaries,” she added. The IQMS was one of the management innovations and best practices presented by the Internal Affairs Cluster at the DOLE 2014 Mid-year Performance Assessment held in Iloilo City last week. (DOLE 12/DEDoguiles-PIA  12)

Source: http://r12.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1611408064089

Baldoz lauds DOLE 12 for its Online SPES System


KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato,  Aug  15 (PIA)  -- Although  only  12  of  the  79  Public Employment  Services  Offices  (PESO)  in SOCCSKSARGEN Region  have been  institutionalized,  the  regional  office of the  Department of Labor  and Employment  (DOLE 12) comes   first  in innovating  the  agency’s  the Special Program for Employment of  Students  with  its trailblazing  Online  SPES. Online  SPES is an internet-based  system, developed  by DOLE 12 to fast track  all  the processes  involved in  DOLE’s  flagship  program  which  provides short-term  employment  to  poor  but deserving  students.

The same  has  gained  the  praise  of Employment  Secretary  Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz  in her visit  in  General Santos  City  Tuesday. Regional Director Ofelia Domingo   guided Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz  though the Online  SPES,  which is one of the four systems  in DOLE 12 Portal that  connects and houses the systems in the regional office's Internet-based Quality Management Systems (IQMS). "The main objective of the Online SPES is to fast track the payment of the forty percent share of the DOLE in the wages of SPES beneficiaries,” Director  Domingo  told  the secretary.  

“But more than that, it also seeks to fast track SPES registration, create an accurate database of SPES beneficiaries, make transparent SPES pledges,  and monitor overall SPES implementation." The region's Online SPES is an automated process developed by an external provider in March 2014 and became operational in May 2014. As a  system, the  Online SPES  provides for registration of students or out-of-school youths,  pledging of employer and placement,  filing of application, submission of requirements prior to employment, preparation of terminal reports and payroll system after the employment, and monitoring  and payment of wages of the beneficiaries.

"Aside from the payment for SPES beneficiaries, the online system also monitors and documents progress of SPES 'babies' and strengthens our linkages with PESOs, employers, and beneficiaries," Domingo explained  further. "It also allows the DOLE regional finance unit to process payroll of SPES beneficiaries efficiently, thus eliminating delay, enhancing transparency in all transactions, and  increasing collaboration among and between stakeholders," she added. Another special feature of   the system  is its  provision  for  posting of vacancies and announcements related to SPES  as well as  on-line generation of SPES-related reports.

It is also linked to the websites of the DOLE Central Office, DOLE Regional Office No. 12, PhilJobNet, as well as other social networking sites, such as Twitter and YouTube. Through the Online SPES,  Domingo continued,  beneficiaries can be provided  with unique identification and  and access. She said it has a modern and user-friendly interface, touch screen feature, and mobile responsive design. It even has a Facebook site which allows SPES “babies’ to submit and post their experiences and success stories. After the  briefing,  Baldoz  praised  DOLE 12  for this initiative, which she said makes  the SPES accessible to many DOLE clients.

"The Online SPES should be replicated in other DOLE regional offices to resolve delays on the payment of the wages of SPES beneficiaries and to reduce voluminous paper work,"  Secretary Baldoz said. She also  commended the  regional office  for signing  an  agreement  with remittance giant, MLhuillier Financial Services, which serves as payment center for the wages of SPES beneficiaries. Baldoz directed Director Domingo to present the  Online SPES at the forthcoming PESO Congress.

She also instructed DOLE Undersecretary Rebecca Chato to draft an order defining other forms of payment that can be considered as education vouchers. "PESOs nationwide, as well as DOLE regional offices, should benchmark their SPES systems with the Online SPES of the DOLE 12," she said.  (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with report from DOLE 12)

Source: http://r12.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1611408064471

Cotabato cops hunt down 2 men in murder of COA-12 employee

COTABATO CITY, Aug. 16 (PNA) –- Police here have launched a manhunt against two men riding tandem on a motorbike who shot dead an employee of the Commission on Audit (COA) regional office Friday night. Senior Inspector Ronaldo Delantin, police station 2 chief, identified the victim as Engr. Oliver Samonte, 54 years old and resident of San Isidro Street, Barangay Rosary Heights Mother, Cotabato City. Delatin said they have witnesses who could identify the attackers on the early Friday evening shooting.

Delantin said Samonte was back-riding in a motorcycle he hired in going home when two men, riding tandem on separate motorcycle, tailed them and shot Samonte in his back. Samonte’s motorcycle driver told police he was surprised to see his passenger was falling from his motorbike along Teodoro Juliano Avenue. He noticed blood on the victim’s back and rushed him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Samonte’s family said he has no known enemy and that he has not received any death threat. Delatin said police investigators are looking at personal grudge or work related case as possible motive. (PNA) FPV/NYP/EOF

Source: http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=2&;sid=&nid=2&rid=673487

No more long queues of residents seeking help – Gov. Fuentes


KORONADAL CITY,  South Cotabato, Aug 14 (PIA)  --  Effective  delivery of  basic  social  services has  addressed the  concern of many government officials  here  regarding residents lining up  to seek their  assistance, said  South Cotabato  Gov. Daisy  Avance-Fuentes.   “In all my 24 years  in  public service, this is the first time that I have not experienced  residents  queuing outside  of  our house or my office to ask for  help,”  said Gov. Fuentes  as  she recounted her administration’s accomplishments on  providing  access to basic  services  during her State of the Province Address (SOPA)  Monday.

Fuentes delivered her  SOPA  at the South Cotabato  Gymnasium and Cultural Center in front of  an estimated  6,000  audience  composed of  officials  from  national  government agencies,  local government  officials, representatives  from  partner private  organizations and nongovernment and many others. Said  SOPA was  also broadcast  live over radio stations here. In the past, Gov.  Fuentes  described, her staff would  cook for visiting residents  from 5 0’clock in the morning  until  10 o’clock  in the evening. The  governor attributed the  improvement  to the  effective  implementation of  social services  such as   the  “no balance  billing”  and  point-of-care program of  PhilHealth for  indigents as well as  social services.

She  reported that since  July  last  year,  the  provincial  government has already enrolled 2,031 individuals  as  sponsored members of the  PhilHealth; these  are valued  at over P7 million. The provincial  government  pays  for the  P2,400  annual  premium of the The LGU  has  also extended  assistance  to 7,823 beneficiaries  via partnership  with  private  hospitals,  funeral  parlors, and pharmacies   with whom the  provincial  government has  established  memorandums  of agreement. At least 1,435  families were  provided emergency shelter  assistance,  227 individuals  with financial  assistance, 260 families  with  rice assistance, and  41 individuals with transportation assistance.

Its barangay outreach  program  has   also  served  9,116  individuals  with medical services, circumcision, dental services, haircut, sharpening of  farm tools  and  others. The provincial government has also  distributed  49  horses, 46 carabaos, and 95 cows   through its  livestock dispersal  program. Other help  extended  to barangays  included 39,065 liter of  fuel to 54  barangays,  installation of  116  jetmatic  pumps in 17 barangays,  2,347  bags of  cement  to  52  barangays  and 7 schools, 6,075 chairs to 140 barangay schools, 308 computer sets  to 83  schools and barangays, 659 computer tables to 67 barangay schools, 400 gallons of paints to 39 barangays, and 640 GI sheets to 25 barangays  and 430 reinforcing  steel  bars to 18 barangays.

“All  barangays can expect  more assistance,” she promised. Fuentes  also  noted that  the provincial  government  also extended   aid to  victims of  calamities  including  P1 million to Zamboanga  City affected  by the MNLF  siege  as well  as  15 truckloads of good  worth P5 million to the  typhoon  Yolanda  victims  in Antique. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

Source: http://r12.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1611407992689

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