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A.  Initial roll-out and implementation of the Commission on Audit project, eNGAS ( Electronic New Government Accounting System) was made on April 24, 2006. Several bookkeeping personnel underwent a rigid training on the encoding of financial data.
 B.  COA Circular No. 2006-02 dated January 31, 2006 was implemented on July 2006 - - Restatement with Amendments of COA Circular No. 2005-001  on Accounting Policies related to Budget, Accounting and Disbursement Functions in Local Government Units under the New Government Accounting System (NGAS). This circular delineates the responsibilities of the Heads of the Requesting Office / Unit, the Budget Office, Accounting Office as well as the Treasurer' s Office . It also prescribes the revised forms to be used in recording obligations incurred and disbursements. In coordination with the Office of the City Budget Officer and Office of the City Treasurer, a Flow Chart of Financial Transactions was adopted and disseminated to all City Government Offices for information and guidance.

 C. In line with the ongoing Human Resource Development Program of the City Government, the City Accountant and four (4) other Office personnel were made to undergo the Public Service Ethics and Accountability ( PSEA ) Training on November 10-11, 2006 at the Garden Orchid Hotel, this City.

 D. The Barangay Bookkeepers along with the City Accountant underwent a three-day Seminar - Workshop on Systems and Procedures on the Management of Barangay Funds and Property last April 30- May 2, 2007 at the Garden Orchid Hotel. This was sponsored by the Local Government Sector- Sub Cluster 1 of the Commission on Audit.

E. Effective July 2007, the New Government Accounting System for Barangays was  fully implemented pursuant to a Memorandum issued by the Regional Cluster Director of the Commission on Audit Sub Cluster 1 , Local Government Sector for Region IX dated July 17, 2007.

F.  The City Government of Zamboanga through the initiative of the City Mayor scheduled a yearly Forum on Barangay Fiscal Administration.  The said activity was in line with the present administration's efforts in bringing the City Government closer to the barangay.  The participants were composed of the Barangay Chairman, Chairman on Committee on Appropriation, Barangay Secretary and Barangay Treasurer.

   It was held on the following dates and venues:

 Date                                Cluster                                     Venue
August 28, 2007           Vitali - Curuan District                Curuan National High Sc
August 31, 2007           Bolong - Culianan District           Culianan National High
September 4, 2007       Ayala District                            Ayala Sports Center 
September 5, 2007       City Proper                               Grand Astoria Hotel 
     The members of the Local Finance Committee were the resource speakers on the following topics :

    1.  Updates on Sources of Barangay Revenues      - Soledad S. Li   
    2.  Barangay Development  Plan, Barangay Investment
         Program and AIP                                 -           Melinda S. Cabato 
    3.  Updates on Barangay Budgeting             -          Virginia SA Gara
    4.  Updates on Barangay Accounting            -          Sylvia P. Binarao

     Other invited guests were the following :

    1.  Rules / Procedures on Donation of Lot   -         Atty. Norberto B. Patriarca      
    2. Barangay Infrastructure Projects              -      Engr. Luis Despalo
    3. Lighting Facilities                                 -          Engr. Rene dela Cruz  
    4.  Real Property Assessment / Brgy. Boundaries - Erwin Bernardo  
G.  In line with the provisions of Section 354 of Republic Act No. 7160 and Local Budget Circular No. 82 dated October 18, 2006, the Department of Budget and Management Regional Office in coordination with the League of Local Budget Officers, Inc., Region IX ( LLBO IX ) spearheaded  a Training Workshop on the Budget Operations Manual for Barangays  held last September 6 to 7 and   20 to 21, 2007 comprising two batches  at the Grand Astoria Hotel. The City Accountant gave an informative lecture on Updated Barangay Budget Execution / Forms.