The city government expanded its digitalization initiatives to other departments to speed up the voluminous transactions in key city offices.
City Budget officer Leticia O. Clemente said that the buildpass was the brainchild of the local finance committee, and that it is continuously being improved to address emerging concerns from the transacting public.
Further, she added that the latest system they developed is the working permit application dubbed as work pass which links the City Mayor’s Office, Public Employment Services Office (PESO), City Health Services Office (CHSO) and the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) and allow parallel processing by the said offices of applications lodged online.
“Finally, after a year of development, it will be deployed this quarter,” Clemente stressed.
The city budget officer pointed out that in all the said systems where fees are collected, the local finance committee is working on their integration through the online payment.
According to her, people may wonder why the local finance committee is the prime mover of the said projects. The simple answer, among other reasons is, streamlining the processes through digitalization will save the city money that can be used for other priorities given the limited funds available to the city government.
Clemente stipulated that the local finance committee will cherish the success it has achieved and continue to discern the reasons where the city has failed and transform these into stepping stones as the city moves forward.
She emphasized that while fiscal management is a basic life line in governance, it is high time that officials and employees in the city government open their hearts and minds, make their actions in sync in exploring more innovative strategies that will continue steering the wheels of governance towards a more responsive and sustainable development of the city. By Dexter A. See