13th Annual National Convention​

Recap of Day 1 - August 10, 2022

The Chairperson of the 13th GFMIC Annual National Convention declared the convention open at 8:30 am.

The GFMIC President, Marietta M. Lorenzo delivered her Opening Remarks highlighting that this national convention sets its sights on new horizons, pointing to a landscape in which the bar for PFM is raised a notch (if not notches) higher and in which different models for excellent and ethical public financial practices can operate and flourish.  “At GFMIC”, President Mayette said, “we believe strongly that our profession can be enhanced more by incorporating innovative practices in the day-to-day conduct of our professional activities as well as building capacities of the people manning the systems.”

The GFMIC Chairperson, Dr. Carmela S. Perez, then proceeded to impart her Welcome Message stressing that during this time of transition from the former administration to the new one, GFMIC continues to support and uphold excellence in public financial management through its various activities. She said, “As Public Financial Management professionals, let us keep ourselves abreast with the new knowledge on building resilience and fostering innovations, PFM Prospects in the new administration, government integrated financial management information system and on human capital management and innovations in the public sector.”  She then introduced the Keynote Speaker, Ms. Laura F. Robinson.

We had a very interesting and informative message from our keynote speaker – the very lovely Ms. Laura Foster Robinson, the President elect of the International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM), who graced our convention all the way from the United States of America.  She spoke of building resilience and fostering innovations in this particular era of change; stressing strength and agility in the face of the challenge PFM brings by (1) establishing common knowledge; (2) building foundations and connections; and (3) inspiring efficiency and innovation.  She introduced us to the term “Tensegrity in Government”.  The term tensegrity itself comes from tensional integrity manifested in the “Squish Toy” consisting of rigid rods and flexible cords connecting all the rods together.

We then witnessed the annual awarding of five exemplary users of eNGAS and eBudget Systems.  

Congratulations once more to City Mayor, Officials and hardworking staff of the City Government of Cebu, City Government of Danao, City Government of Tangub, and the City Government of Tagum who were all cited as eNGAS Grassroot Implementer Awardees; and to the Governor, Officials and Staff of the Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Norte who received the eNGAS and  eBudget System Collaborator / Contributor Award.

They all serve as living examples and models for all of us to emulate. Imagine how effective and efficient our government machinery will run if all our whole government, down to the grassroots level, are as enthusiastic and efficient as our awardees!

For the first technical session, we heard from the Undersecretary of NEDA, Usec Rosemarie G. Edillon, on NEDA Updates and the prospects of the budget expenditure program in the next six years of this present administration.  She discussed NEDA’s role in crafting the policy framework in ensuring that the Filipinos achieve what they want to be, what they want to do, and what they want to have.  This is encapsulated in the Ambisyon Natin 2040: Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag na Buhay Para sa Lahat.  She likewise walked us through the difficulties that the economy faced because of the pandemic and how the government plans to ensure that the economy bounces back to its pre-pandemic growth in the next few years by discussing the Administration’s 8-point Socio-economic Agenda. She stressed, “Everything is interconnected.  We need to invest in early warning systems, social protection, resilience building, R&D and innovation, and technology.  But there are limits to fiscal policy; governance is more important than government.!”

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