Two new online platforms designed to improve the monitoring of the physical and financial operations of Forestland Management Project (FMP) were introduced in a training-workshop at the Widus Hotel and Casino in Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga on November 7 – 10, 2017.
FMP Implementing Units from Regions 2, 3, 6, and CAR, and the Central Project Management Office (CPMO), together with the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) Budget and the Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service (FASPS) familiarized themselves with the features of the Project Management Information System (PMIS) and the Contract Management Information System (CMIS).
Mr. Jun Aquino of FASPS gave the rationale for the establishment of the PMIS and CMIS. He stressed the benefits of utilizing the systems, which streamline processes and thus improve the retrieval and submission of reports to the Central Project Management Office (CPMO), the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), the Department of Finance (DOF), and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
Mr. Rollie Osayan, Management Information Specialist Consultant, demonstrated samples of how its features could help provide better tracking mechanism for the Project’s physical and financial progress.
Participants were given opportunities to generate their sample work and financial plan (WFP) using the data that they had. They also provided suggestions to improve the user experience in navigating through the system.
The CMIS, albeit under development, was also introduced to the participants after the hands-on training with the PMIS.
The PMIS and CMIS will first be pilot tested by officers and staff of FMP Region 3 before they will be deployed for use by the Project. (FMP/ Paolo G. Balderia)