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Southern Mindanao ports gear up for computerization

Davao City (29 November) -- Now half-way through with the implementation of the in-house nationwide computerization project, all employees under the Philippine Ports Authority Port District Office-Southern Mindanao (PPA PDO-SoMin) recently concluded their hands-on Training on Office Software and Personal Computer (PC) Troubleshooting.

"We aim to raise the Information Technology skills and competence of our people because we believe that doing so would boost our productivity," PPA PDO SoMin Port District Manager Abdussabor Sawadjaan exhorts.

Done in seven parts, the Management and Information System Section (MISS) staff of the PPA PDO-SoMin conducted said trainings in the cities of Cotabato, Davao, General Santos and Zamboanga and Isabela (Basilan Province) and in the province of Mati, Davao Oriental.

Said localized training modules developed and handled by PDO-SoMin's MISS also serve part of the conclusion of the last leg of the computerization rollout program of PPA.

Dubbed as Providing Reliable Operations and Management of Ports Through Technology (PROMPT), PPA's computerization project aims to upgrade six mission-critical management systems of the ports, namely: port operations, inventory and engineering management, accounting and financial management, legal support, real estate and executive information.

PPA had earlier identified priority ports for computerization, particularly in terms of operations and billing of cargoes and vessels.

All Port Management Offices in the SoMin District, except for Cotabato, have already adopted a computerized scheme in processing assessment, collection and receipting based on the PROMPT system.

While general responses during the transitory period (starting in May 2006) of the computerization go from awry, uncertain and happy, PPA reassures its public, especially its port users that it is doing its best to cope with various customer demands in terms of professionalism, efficiency and productivity.

PROMPT was conceived by PPA as a response to the provisions of Republic Act 9792 which is also known as the "Electronic Commerce Act of 2000" and to ensure that PPA complies with Executive Order No. 40 on the consolidation of procurement rules and procedures for all national government offices. (PPA/PIA XI) [top]

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