Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bohol accounting office adopts
 new tech for transparency 
By Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, May 16 (PIA) -- The Bohol Provincial Accounting Office (PAccO) has adopted new trends in IT-technology for fast-tracking paper processes and making transparent accounting of public funds. 

PAccO chief, Joseth Celocia told employees gathered during the monthly convocation that the office uses a Commission on Audit (COA)-provided software that eases up preparation and generation of Journal Entry Vouchers (JEV) that also hooks up with the COA for easy and updated financial reports submission. 

The Electronic-New Government Accounting System (E-NGAS) software has made life and computing easier for them, said Celodia. 

The province processed some 46,076 JEVs or a bookkeeping monthly average of 3,840 entries of all funds at their keeping, Celodia added. 

Aside from E-NGAS, the PAccO also uses an upgraded Financial Transaction Tracking System (FiTTSys) which is now on version 3, she proudly shared. 

In its efforts to relentlessly pound for innovation, PAccO is now using a highly improved Version 3 which now includes indexing of claims and the remittance module. 

In coordination with the Bohol Information Communication and Technology Unit (BICTU) under Bobong Bojos, the system can now be accessed on the web and with the FiTTSys, clients tracking the whereabouts of their claims can do so, in the comfort of their offices. 

At the Capitol, for more than a year now, PACCO has provided a viewing station where clients can easily browse and track their transactions from an electronic kiosk in a conspicuous place at the Capitol. 

For Capitol employees also, PACCo has fully implemented the improved and enhanced Remittance Information Tracking System (RITS), this one has the import and export features which facilitate the recording and tracking of GSIS, HDMF and BIR remittances, she pointed out. 

Since the Office takes charge of Accounting and Audit of Disbursement Services of the Provincial Government, Celodia also said they had sent demand letters to those with outstanding Cash Advances. 

She immediately followed the information with, “although we do these periodically, the issuance of COA Circular 2012-004 issued Nov. 2012, the Commission on Audit is really getting serious,” she said. 

The COA circular urges the PACCo to elevate to higher authority demands for collection. 

This means, un-worked out demands which remain unanswered are elevated to the Ombudsman, she threatened. 

She then reminded everyone who have un-liquidated cash advances to settle them the soonest possible time, or else succeeding salaries or benefits per will be withheld, she warned. 

Celocia named and recognized PPDO, OPV, OPA, OPSWD (BCIC) and Maribojoc Hospital as the most PAAS Compliant among the different offices of the provincial government of Bohol. (mbcn/rahc/PIA7-Bohol) 

Bohol opens bloggers’ seminar May 24 
By Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, May 16 (PIA) -- Members of the Bohol Information Communication Technology Council (BICT), Bohol Bloggers Society (BBS) and Cebu Bloggers Society (CBS) now attempt to mainstream internet-based communication through a blogging seminar workshop on May 24 at Bohol Tropics Resort. 

BICT council president Leah Tirol-Magno said, it is billed as “Blog@Talks Seminar-Workshop.” 

Bohol is advocating for a strong information technology to boost its regional bid, and having been picked among new wave cities in the future, “We are preparing for it,” Magno added. 

Founder of Bohol Bloggers group, Dalareich Polot said, professional and influential bloggers from all over the region and the country will share their blogging tools of the trade, experiences and tips to promote businesses, tourism spots, opinions and other web-sold commodities. 

This is a perfect opportunity for Boholanos to promote tourism, business and money making interest which the open business policy of the internet now provides, she adds. 

Polot explains that a blog can be a personal opinion of an incident, or any matter which evokes strong feeling for a reaction and could go to a professional view sharing, be it a narrow topic or a wide field of subjects. 

With Bohol picking up eco-cultural tourism and the option for web-promotion arguably cheaper, blogging to promote tourism sites and come-ons is the most logical choice, Bohol tour guide and tourism office front liner Cristopher Boncales said. 

On the other hand, “blogging can be effective in promoting products,” stressed Polot, who has been getting world-wide orders for a chocolate-tablets business in Bohol. 

Polot, a Boholano who also leads the National Alopecia Philippine Support Group has been blogging on alopecia, spreading information and understanding for people who has problems with loss of hair. 

Bloggers are also into making money through blogging, as a blogsite that draws many readers become a target for internet-advertisers, who also pay bloggers to maintain their sites. 

Polot also said the seminar workshop caps with the soft launching of the Bohol Bloggers Society which will be organized after the seminar. 

Registration is pegged at P200 for students and P500 for professionals, according to organizers. For more information, contact Bohol ICT Council, BICTU on the ground floor of the Capitol or Dalareich at 411-0584. (mbcn/rahc/PIA7-Bohol) 

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