Butuan City – February 22, 2022

The Department of Budget and Management Regional Office XIII, headed by Regional Director Maria Fe D. Jagna, facilitated the FY 2022 1st Quarter Full-Time Delivery Unit (FDU) Meeting with the Department of Education Caraga Region spearheaded by Regional Director Ma. Gemma Mercado Ledesma, in a teleconference today @ 1:00 PM.

The initiative aimed to track and monitor the agency’s implementation of projects and programs, assess its compliance with financial requirements, strengthen the collaboration of DBM and DepEd Caraga as partner agencies, guarantee full utilization of the budget, and ensure efficient use of the government resources. And as a reminder, RD Ledesma, in her welcome message, said that participants should utilize funds with prudence
Before the discussion, Ms. Katrina Emmanuelle L. Yap, a Senior Budget and Management Specialist from DBM, discussed the matters arising from the previous meeting. Ms. Fe M. Alegado followed with her report on Budget Utilization and Ms. Violeta C. Nuñez with the Physical Report of Operations as of December 31, 2021, respectively.

In her report, Ms. Alegado, DepEd Caraga’s Chief of the Finance Division, showed that as of December 31, 2021, out of the Php 20, 615,486.00 total allocated budget, 99% were obligated, and 97% disbursed. The total budget includes the Php 640,385.00 allotment from FY 2020 continuing fund and Php 19,975,101.00 from the FY 2021 Fund. For the FY 2020 continuing fund, the agency obligated 93% and disbursed 82%. Furthermore, for FY 2021, the obligated fund was 99%, and the disbursement was 97%.

Moreover, Ms. Alegado reported that for the year 2021, the agency generated a total receipt of Php 213,962,151.40. For the Off-Budget Accounts, the agency has a budget utilization rate of 6% – utilizing Php 22,971.00 out of the Php 364,155.80 allocated budget.

During the discussion led by Ms. Yap, the topics were the Inventory of Budget and Financial Accountability Reports as of December 31, 2021; National Budget Circular No. 587 – Guidelines on the Release of Funds for FY 2022; specific instructions on the release and utilization of FY 2022 lumpsum appropriations lodged in the Regional Office, as well as other related matters.
The meeting participants were the Regional FDU Team composed of the Regional Director, Assistant Regional Director, CAO, SAO, Accountant III, Budget Officer III, CAO Staff, PO III, HRMO III, Personnel, ICT, and Chiefs of PPRD, ASD, CLMD, ESSD, and HRDD. Also present is the Division FDU Team composed of Schools Division Superintendents, Budget Officers, Accountants, Planning Officers, Personnel Officers, CID, and SGOD Chiefs.
The hosts for the event were employees from DBM Caraga Regional Office – Ms. Catherine Brizo and Ms. Carolina Tomboc.