Help enhance public services, private sector asked

Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman called on the private sector to support the government in enhancing public services to speed up the country’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I want my message to revolve around the main stakeholders that will help us advance public service to accelerate the country’s recovery and transformation,” she said in a video message during a forum organized by the Development Academy of the Philippines on Thursday.

“They are our allies whose insights could be integrated into our ideas on how we could improve our productivity.”

The Budget chief underscored the need for stronger collaboration among the private sector, the government, and the Filipino people to attain “improved productivity, innovation, and inclusive engagement.”

“We must not be fixated on the work that needs to be done but on what we want to see for our people—better lives because of well-thought and strategic reforms,” she said.

Pangandaman also highlighted the Department of Budget and Management’s support for digital transformation as the world enters an age of rapid technological advancement.

“Through these, we hope that the whole government will be able to provide the quality of public service that every Filipino deserves,” she said.

“Not only because they are taxpayers who fund these projects, but most importantly because they are people who have the right to live decent lives, and whom we gave the oath to serve when we chose to become public servants,” she added.

The DBM is set to spearhead the “First 100-day Roadmap on Digitalization,” which aims to enhance bureaucratic efficiency and ensure sound fiscal management.

One of the highlights of the roadmap is the improvement of the existing Government Integrated Financial Management Information Systems.

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