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.
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)
BY: DANILO E. DOGUILES
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)
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
BY: DANILO E. DOGUILES
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)