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SDO San Juan City Spearheads Fiscal Reform Through the Integrated and Comprehensive Planning and Bud

The Schools Division Office (SDO) San Juan City spearheaded the workshop on School Fiscal Management titled “2019 Integrated and Comprehensive Planning and Budgeting Workshop” held last March 20-21, 2019 at the Linden Suites, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, a reform outcome of DepEd Central and Region’s synchronized instructions, policies and guidelines.

The fiscal competency-enhancement workshop was primarily participated in by school principals, property custodians, School Based Management (SBM) coordinators, Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) chairpersons and other SDO officials who are experts in planning and budgeting concerns.

To commence the activity, Dr. Alejandro G. Ibañez, OIC-SDS, underscored the significance of the training by saying, “This competency-building enhancement workshop is intended to provide support to all schools and SDO personnel the necessary competencies on fiscal management that adhere to the existing laws and policies, for accountability purposes.”

The participants were clarified altogether on the tenets of fiscal management and accounting and auditing rules and regulations by Mr. James Edward J. Tuzon (Division Accountant) and Mrs. Melba B. Goc (Budget Officer). On the other hand, the purchasing aspect, Mrs. Hasmin Ann Madriaga (Division Property Custodian) and Mr. Orlando D. Claor explained the preparations of Annual Procurement Plan (APP)and Project Procurement Management Plan (PPMP). Dr. Al G. Ibañez (OIC-SDS), Mr. Demie S. Atienza (Division Planning Officer) and Mrs. Marnelli B. Tolentino (Education Program Supervisor) elucidated the modifications of School Operating Budget (SOB), School Improvement Plan (SIP) and Project Activity Proposal preparation, respectively.

Mrs. Flordelisa D. Pereyra, OIC-ASDS, clarified the various processes involving school request facilitation, handling BAC bottlenecks, and other procedural matters. On legal matters, Mr. Allan Eliezer M. Mal-In, Administrative Officer V, impressed upon the participants the Dos and Don’ts of public funds use, making them firmly glued with his lawyer-like presentation.

When asked about the takeaways of the meeting, Mrs. Hernanda R. Santos, Principal of Kabayanan Elementary School, has this to say – “To our minds, we believed that the patterns we have been following all these years in our schools are already enough, but as what Dr. Ibañez said, embracing change will result in a more effective, efficient and accountable school governance.”

The Integrated and Comprehensive Planning and Budgeting Workshop was conceptualized in order to disburse government funds in conformity to relevant laws, rules, and regulations, thereby contributing to organizational effectiveness.

Article written by:

Jay F. Macasieb (ASP II / Research Coordinator)

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