Agusan Sur wants to adopt SoCot?s computerized finance system

Danilo Supe, head of the South Cotabato local finance committee, said members of the of the Expanded Local Finance Committee (ELFC) of Agusan del Sur specifically wanted to replicate the province's successful implementation of the computerized information system in its treasury, assessor and other fiscal offices.

The ELFC members cited this plan following a recent study mission at the South Cotabato provincial capitol in Koronadal City.

Agusan board member Alan Santiago, who headed the delegation, said they studied the operations of the treasury, assessor and other fiscal offices, especially the revenue generation plan, the computerized information system in the real property tax and related taxation systems.

The study mission was facilitated by the Development Academy of the Philippines-Mindanao office, which was commissioned by the Philippine-Australia Human Resource Development Facility to assist preparations for the implementation of an enhancement program for Agusan del Sur's revenue generation system.

South Cotabato was one of the three provinces earlier selected under this project, which covers key components such as pre-work activities, six-day course on revenue generation planning, digitizing maps, local and international benchmarking, accomplishing the outputs, monitoring, coaching activities and presentation of outputs.

This covers the five-year comprehensive revenue generation plan, re-entry plan and digitized maps of five component municipalities in the province.

The provincial government has adopted the fiber optic technology in a bid to improve its centralized computer systems network.

Last year, the information technology unit of the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) completed the network connection of the provincial government’s departments and divisions.

It also facilitated the documentation and conduct of analysis and development of various systems that are useful to the province and worked on the recovery of the real property tax database of the provincial government's treasury and assessor offices.

Supe, who is also PPDO coordinator, said they will soon utilize the fiber optic technology to boost the line speed of its computer network, which currently covers all the major departments and divisions of the provincial government.

He said a "multi-mode graded index-type" of fiber optic cable will be deployed to the line using a technology developed in Germany, which is the pioneer in the fiber optics. The equipment and the required upgrading works will cost at least P600,000.