PIAO Participated: 2018 AGAP Annual National Convention – Seminar
PIAO personnel alongside other government employees performing accounting, budgeting, auditing and other financial functions all over the archipelago gathered at Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City on October 17-20, 2018 to participate in the 2018 Association of Government Accountants of the Philippines(AGAP) Annual National Convention – Seminar.
The convention-seminar, with the theme “Maginhawa, Matatag, at Panatag na Buhay: Ambisyon Nating Tunay”, aimed to tackle current public finance issues that will increasingly build one’s capacity to handle present-day situations in workplace. Also, the event intended to impart the structural changes and financial reforms that are currently being adopted by the government to attain its objectives, such as updates on COA rules and regulations, annual cash-based budgeting approach, new guidelines on procurement law, and TRAIN Law.
The 4-day event commenced with a welcome performance by the locals of Iloilo performing their very own festive Dinagyang dance. It was followed shortly by the welcome address of AGAP National President – Ms. Tina Rose Marie L. Canda – who emphasized the importance of unity in accomplishing common goals telling that “an organization is only as strong as the unity which its members have.” And that “without unity, chaos, cutthroat competition, and confusion will prevail.” Meanwhile, Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Z. Duterte, represented by USec. Ronald M. Dela Rosa, lauded LGUs and NGAs for their efforts to keep up with technology, not just to ensure compliance but as well as for the efficient and effective delivery of service to the public.
During the event, 32 accounting offices were given special recognition for their outstanding practices in carrying their functions effectively and efficiently for the C/Y 2017. Of these awardees, eighteen are LGUs, one GOCC, one SUC, and nine national government agencies. Home Development Mutual Fund received a special award while two offices, DOF – National Tax Research Center and DEPED – National Book Development Board received the Hall of Famer Awards. The criteria for the selection of the awardees were: (1) timeliness of submission of financial statements/reports to COA; (2) accuracy of financial statements/reports; and (3) completeness of supporting annexes/documents.
Participants were privileged to have witnessed the talk of the very inspiring and moving Dr. Carl E. Balita who shared his personal experiences and success in doing business. Balita motivated all to engage in business as entrepreneurs saying, “Now is the time to put up a business inasmuch as many government agencies are working towards enterprise development.” He emphasized that entrepreneurship is about having a purpose, seizing opportunity, being innovative, giving solution and becoming passionate. He ended his talk by leaving a message to all aspiring entrepreneurs to “Think big, start small, keep simple. Small is the new BIG.”
The attendees were also inspired by other notable speakers who imparted their valuable knowledge, namely, the CEO of Pag-IBIG Fund Mr. Acmad Rizaldy P. Moti, DoT USec. Arturo Boncato Jr., DOF ASec. Antonio Joselito G. Lambino II, DTI ASec. Mary Jean T. Pacheco, DPWH Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain who gave an update to the Build, Build, Build Program, and Ms. Teresita R. Albert who shared her knowledge in understanding EQ in the workplace.
Overall, the Convention – Seminar has successfully delivered its purpose, which is to make the participants informed of the relevant projects, processes, and new policies and guidelines. This information will be of great help in the execution of their respective functions. True to this, participants including PIAO personnel left the Iloilo Convention Center inspired and are now more willing to be part of a more effective and progressive Philippine government.
By: Franz Louise Fajardo