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PFM Certificate Program to enhance skills, support career growth of government staff

Courses aim to build new knowledge and a PFM practice

 

Participants and trainers of the first class of the PFM Foundation Track of the PFM Certificate Program

 

06 October 2015

MANILA - The Department of Budget and Management (DBM), with the support of the Public Financial Management (PFM) Committee and the Philippines-Australia Public Financial Management Program (PFMP), has launched a pioneering program that aims to enhance the technical competencies of PFM practitioners in the oversight and spending agencies. 

Called the PFM Certificate Program (PFM CP), the series of courses offers training and learning solutions to government staff to support effective job performance and career growth. The Program also aims to espouse the broader PFM reforms for improved transparency, accountability and delivery of services. 

“The PFM CP aims to instil the values and skills that can be learned from the courses. Government staff, in the name of public service, should always challenge themselves to learn new values and skills that can be used for practical applications in the workplace,” said Undersecretary Janet B. Abuel, PFM CP Program Head. 

All courses are aligned with the PFM Competency Model and designed in consultation with more than 1,000 PFM practitioners across government. To ensure a practice-based approach for learning, a variety of learning methods — from lectures to case studies, to group discussions and other structured learning exercises — will be utilized throughout the Program. The courses will be facilitated by a team of PFM practitioners and subject specialists from the private sector, the academe, and the government. 

 

Also comprising the PFM CP Program Team are other officials and staff from DBM, such as Undersecretary Laura B. Pascua and Assistant Secretary Sofia C. Yanto (Curriculum Advisers), Director Virginia L. Follosco (PFM Institute Technical Working Group Head), Aileen P. Afunggol (Foundation Track Program Manager), and Odilon C. Bucag (Budgeting and Performance [B&P] Track Program Manager). PFMP Capacity Building Adviser Sheila E. Villaluz rounds up the team. 

PFMP Capacity Building Adviser Sheila Villaluz (left) gives the overview of the PFM Foundation Track to selected budget and oversight, accounting, monitoring and evaluation, planning, internal audit, and budget spending staff from the DBM, DAR, DENR, DFA, DPWH, and DTI . PFMP Capacity Building Adviser Sheila Villaluz (left) gives the overview of the PFM Foundation Track to selected budget and oversight, accounting, monitoring and evaluation, planning, internal audit, and budget spending staff from the DBM, DAR, DENR, DFA, DPWH, and DTI . 

 

 

Learning Tracks 

The PFM CP consists of six (6) learning tracks – the PFM Foundation Track, B&P Track, Procurement Track, Accounting Track, Auditing Track, and Cash Management Track. Two of the six tracks — the PFM Foundation Track, and the B&P Track — will be offered to select PFM practitioners in various government agencies starting September 2015 until the end of the year. The rest of the learning tracks are currently being developed and intended to be ready by next year. 
 
The PFM Foundation Track aims to build the foundation for developing the competencies, specifically the behavior, attitudes, skills, and knowledge that are common and essential to all PFM practitioners: budget, procurement, accounting, audit, and cash management staff, including planners and program managers. This involves understanding what PFM as a system means, and working collaboratively with others to strengthen financial management, internal controls, and program delivery, and using data effectively to support analysis and decision-making.
 
Likewise, the B&P Track builds on the basic PFM concepts, principles, and tools covered in the Foundation Track by applying these in the different phases of the budget cycle towards improving the management and delivery of programs and projects, and engaging citizens in the budget process. It aims to deepen the PFM perspective of practitioners by exposing them to emerging trends and international good practices in budgeting and PFM as a whole. 
 
 
 
Some 25 staff representing budget and oversight, accounting, monitoring and evaluation, planning, internal audit, and budget spending from the DBM, the Department of Agrarian Reform, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Public Works and Highways, and the Department of Trade and Industry were the first batch of participants to the PFM Foundation Track launched last September 29, 2015. 
 
 

A participant presents their report from their group discussion and activities during the PFM Foundation Track class. The PFM Foundation Track aims to build the foundation for developing the competencies that are common and essential to all PFM practitioners in the government. 

 
 
 
 
 
“Be INformed. Be INspired. Be PFM Certified.”
 
In an effort to promote awareness and generate participation and support for the Program, a range of communication materials, including a new logo, was developed to “brand” the PFM CP.  
 
With the tagline “Be INformed. Be INspired. Be PFM Certified,” the branding and communication materials, such as posters, tarps, training kits, and event signage, featured the different faces of PFM practitioners – from junior staff to senior project managers – to show that the Program is open to all, regardless of age and position. 
 
The materials also played on the word “IN,” which is highlighted in the tagline, to convey that through the PFM CP, PFM practitioners in the government will become part of a select group of highly competent, informed and inspired individuals. 
 
PFMP Team Leader and DFAT Counselor Daniel Featherston poses with DBM Assistant Secretary Sofia Yanto during
the closing ceremonies of the PFM Certificate Program's Foundation Track class. 
 
 
For more information on the PFM Certificate Program, please contact the PFM CP Secretariat at Telefax 736-2773, Trunkline 791-2000 loc. 1108, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

 

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