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Kalinga gears for change

by Peter Balocnit

TABUK, Kalinga (16 October) -- The provincial government is set to introduce changes to the organization for effective and efficient delivery of basic services following an assessment report that the old systems are no longer fully responsive to the present situation and environment.

This was the assessment of a team that revisited the overall governance of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Kalinga on eight development components.

According to Human Resource Management Officer Engr. Domingo Bakilan, the plan change in local governance will be undertaken through the conduct of an organizational development programme (ODP) seminar workshop.

He said the ODP intends to provide inputs into reengineering the organization for effective and efficient delivery of basic services. It will diagnose deeper desired changes aimed to establish alignment of all the different components of the organization to enable them to work into a coordinated whole with well-defined performance indicators.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan has already endorsed the conduct of the 17-day institutional development seminar-workshop costing P300,000.00 covering five modules.

Bakilan pointed out the old set-up and its systems are not fully responsive to the present environment and needs of the LGU workhorse. These inconsistencies sometimes become an obstacle on the performance of work and delivery of public service, he said.

He cited among others that fund allocation is not based on the needs of the department. Because a department asked for a justified budget increase, others also want an increase for the purpose of equity, he said.

It was initially examined that the old structure is position- based thus the need to fit or align the program with the structure. Bakilan noted that it is not the position that makes the program, rather it is the program that creates the position.

Adopting the Rivera Change Model, the eight (8) components to be diagnosed are the provincial vision and mission, style of leadership, strategy, structure, technology and process systems, human resource and its system, organizational and group dynamics, and culture.

Diagnosing the vision/mission will enable the LGU to harness its internal and external resources in order to implement and manage appropriate and timely changes within the organization.

On the style of leadership, it tries to democratize the process to empower individuals and groups to effectively facilitate and manage change within the organization. This involves the performance of the department head and his relation to the staff.

Under technology, offices have to be equipped with facilities and tools that will help employees perform easily their duties. This includes the examination of the systems on budgeting, procurement and disbursement on how they are of help to the organization.

To jumpstart electronic governance at Capitol, Governor Dominador Belac Sr. issued Executive Order 31 creating the management core group of the Kalinga Community e-Center. The CeC aims to provide the public with affordable access to various ICT services.

Under the organization and group processes, the program seeks to break down the overall goals and objectives of the planned change into manageable pieces so that individuals can practice their own management styles. Group teamwork can be enhanced through the process of responsibility tasking.

The 8th component revisited is how culture can suit the planned change. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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