PSA-BARMM conducts 2019 Mid-Year Performance Review

November 8, 2019News Article Ref No.: NL-ARMM-19-034
PSA-BARMM officials and employees during the 2019 Mid-Year Performance Review in Davao City.

Philippine Statistics Authority – BARMM (PSA-BARMM), headed by OIC-Regional Director Razulden A. Mangelen, conducted the 2019 Mid-Year Performance Review and General Assembly last 22 to 23 Jul y 2019 at D’Leonor Inland Resort and Adventure Park, Davao City. A total of 79 officials and employees of PSA-BARMM and its provincial offices attended this event. Atty. Henedine P. Palabras, OIC-Director of Legal Service of PSA, together with her two personnel, graced this program.

OIC-RD Mangelen acknowledged the officials and participants of PSA-BARMM regional and provincial offices. According to him, the Mid-Year Performance Review aims to review all of the activities of the office during the reference semester and determine their best practices and challenges to be addressed in the following period. The objectives of conducting this event was explained thoroughly by Abdulbasit E. Abdulsamad, Statistical Specialist II of PSA-BARMM, including the expectations for the activity.

Several topics were presented during the two-day activity. These include the Presentation of Office Performance Commitment and Review (OPCR) and Work Program by division/office, Identification of Best Practices and Innovations for the Past Semester, Revisiting Quality Management System (QMS), Assessment of 2018 Field Awards Rating and Preparation of RCNR/PCNR, Status of Financial Reports, Review of the 2019 Project Procurement Management Plan (PPMP), Overall Accomplishments for the 1st Semester 2019 and Budget Utilization Rate for the 1st Semester 2019. Atty. Palabras also discussed Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).

Officials presented their respective office’s OPCR for the 1st Semester of 2019, as well as the Work Program for the 2nd Semester of the same reference year. For the Information Dissemination Category of the PSA Awards Manual, Provincial Statistics Officers (PSOs) suggested that each focal person of statistical activities must also be able to write publications on their respective activities. In relation to this, Mahmur H. Sarail, Chief of the Statistical Operations and Coordination Division (SOCD), shared that his division has already been preparing materials for the conduct of training on technical writing for the provincial offices.

The same officials also reported the Best Practices and Innovation of their respective division and office identified during the reference period. Provincial offices recommended that SOCD must assign focal persons to supervise low performing provinces. SOCD Chief Sarail stated that the division has lack of manpower and supervision is dependent on the availability of funds. Despite of this, SOCD will maximize its efforts on assisting the provinces in need.  

Based on the OPCRs reported, participants noticed the inconcistencies in the assignment of workload in the Work Program with the actual accomplishments. SOCD Chief Sarail explained that the office will not be able to exactly follow what is planned due to overlapping of activities delegated by the Central Office.  

On the other hand, OIC-RD Mangelen introduced Atty. Palabras, who delivered an inspirational message to PSA-BARMM officials and employees. She also shared some plans to be initiated by the new National Statistician, Usec. Dennis S. Mapa. 

According to Atty. Palabras, Usec. Mapa aims to prioritize the wellness of the employees. This includes the development of career path for each personnel, installation of emergency kits in every office, and signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with hospitals and clinics for checkups, among others. These plans are yet to be assessed by the Internal Audit Division and Planning and Management Service of PSA. 

Moreover, PSA is exerting more effort in strengthening coordination with its stakeholders. The office has been conducting various activities for the harmonization of statistics among surveys. Furthermore, PSA is continuously updating its database, specifically its price statistics as benchmark for international statistical activities. 

The second day of the event started with the presentation of the Updates on PhilSys by Atty. Palabras. She first emphasized that PSA is promoting the ID as Philippine ID, instead of National ID. She also clarified that PhilSys has a separate database and is different from the civil registry system. BReN in birth certificates is different from the PSN in PhilSys. BReN has identifiers, while PSN is randomly generated. 

The Philippine Identification System or PhilSys is strictly subjected to the provisions of the Data Privacy Act of 2012. Under this law, an individual’s document can be disclosed only to anyone else upon the owner’s consent or a court order. 

PSA-BARMM officials and employees raised several questions regarding PhilSys, these include discrepancy on the information between birth certificate issued by PSA and LCR, inconsistency of information in first and subsequent SECPA, clarification on the consents, absence of proof of identity, required documents, PhilSys Spokespersons, other agencies involved, multiple registration, period of registration, violations and penalties, and registration of lawless and stateless individuals. These issues were responded to accordingly by Atty. Palabras.  

More reports were presented on the afternoon session of Day 2, which include Budget Utilization Rate by Anwar S. Abdullah, Administrative Officer IV/Budget Officer; Quality Management System by Noraisa E. Nur, Administrative Officer IV/HRMO; Assessment of 2018 RSSO/PSOs Field Awards Rating and RCNR/PCNR Preparation by Farhana Jane S. Linso, Statistical Analyst; Financial Report Status by Rufaidah T. Ibrahim, Accountant III; and Review of 2019 Project Procurement Management Plan (PPMP) by Hosni M. Ali, Administrative Officer III/Supply Officer. Lastly, OIC-RD Mangelen presented PSA-BARMM’s General Directions for the 2ns Semester of 2019.  

After the Mid-Year Performance Review, more employees joined the team for the general assembly. This aims to strengthen the camaraderie and teamwork of PSA-BARMM employees. The secretariat prepared various games and teambuilding activities for this part.