Public Financial Practitioners of the Ministry of Human Settlements and Development completed two tracks of the Public Financial Management Competency Program (PFMCP) for BARMM Middle Managers, hosted by the Ministry of Finance, and Budget, and Management (MFBM) on September 13-16, 2022, at Apo View Hotel, Davao City.

The first track was the Foundation Track, which involved understanding PFM as a system and working collaboratively with others to strengthen financial management, internal controls, program delivery, and using data effectively to support analysis and decision-making.

The second track was on Budget and Performance, which builds on the basic PFM concepts, principles and tools covered in the Foundation Track through application in different phases of the budget cycle towards improving the management and delivery of programs and projects, and engaging citizens in the budget process.

Led by Minister Atty. Ubaida C. Pacasem, CPA, the MFBM partnered with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the activity.

Resource Speakers were Akmad J. Usman, Regional Director, and Atty. Libertine Cagang, Assistant Regional Director, from the DBM Region 12 Office, while, from the Central Office, were Atty. Giselle L. Pastoriza-Landicho, Budget Information and Training Services Officer, and Virgilio A. Umpacan, Jr., Training Specialist.

Led by Salem C. Demuna, Director II for Operations Management Services, the MHSD Public Financial Practitioners included Abedin S. Anshari, Internal Auditor II, Jasmin M. Macarimbang, Accountant III, Sharabai B. Hasim, Budget Officer III, and Nasibah S. Pangca, Cashier III.

DBM Secretary Amenah F. Pangandaman delivered her inspirational message on the last day of the activity, accompanied by DBM Undersecretaries Margaux Marie Salcedo and Wilford Will Wong.

Also in attendance during the activity were Senior Minister Abdulraof A. Macacua, MOLE Minister Muslimin G. Sema, MOST Minister Engr. Aida M. Silongan, MTIT Minister Abuamri A. Taddik, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Asnin K. Pendatun, BCPCH Chairperson Dr. Salem Y. Lingasa, BIO Director Ameen Andrew L. Alonto and BWC Chairperson Bainon G. Karon.

Participating in the activity with the MHSD were public financial practitioners from all Ministries and Offices, such as Chief Accountants, Accounting and Finance Heads, Chief Planning Officers, Chief Administrative Officers, Budget Officers, Internal Audit Heads,  and Cashiers.

The PFMCP is an eight track Competency Program spearheaded by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to enhance the technical competencies of PFM practitioners in oversight and spending government offices. PFM practitioners will improve job performance and career growth in support to the broader PFM reforms for improved transparency, accountability, and delivery of public goods and services.

The remaining six tracks to be attended by the MHSD are pending schedule and venue.