A first in the country, DOLE-12 now uses on-line SPES processing

COTABATO CITY, Mar 25 (PNA) –The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in SOCCSKSARGEN region is now implementing the first ever on-line processing of Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES), officials said on Tuesday.

Ofelia Domingo, DOLE-12 regional director, in a statement, said that this new technology was in response to the alarming report by the Commission on Audit (COA) on numerous unclaimed SPES checks and the perennial problem on the delay in the release of the SPES beneficiaries’ 40 percent counterpart.

“We have conceptualize a web-based system that will fast-track the registration of student-beneficiaries down to the payment of the DOLE 40 percent counterpart,” she said.

She said the system will increase transparency in transactions, and enhance collaboration between and among SPES stakeholders.

Domingo said the On-line SPES processing is the first among several systems that will be developed by DOLE 12 as it ventures into paperless transactions.

During the launching in February, Aurelio Ebita, DOLE’s consultant, presented the system to the region’s Local Chief Executives (LCEs).

Among the features included an on-line registration, on-line query, report generation, real-time monitoring of SPES babies and downloadable forms.

“The On-line SPES processing is a follow-through system to the internet-based quality management system of DOLE 12 and more importantly, it aims to fast-track the payment of 40 percent DOLE counterpart through MLhuiller, a money remittance/transfer service company,” Ebita said.

DOLE 12 has already forged a memorandum of agreement with MLhuillier in response to Secretary Teresita Baldoz’ tall order to fast-track the payment of the 40 percent counterpart.

South Cotabato Board Member Ellen Grace Subere-Albios, who attended the launching, lauded DOLE 12 for coming up with the innovation.

“The employment of internet-based technology by DOLE 12 in its operations will fast-track the implementation of its various programs and give opportunity to our constituents and stakeholders to get a better and steady hold of the services they can avail of just at the tip of their fingers”, Albios added.

She congratulated DOLE 12 under the leadership of regional director Ofelia Domingo, for painstakingly pursuing excellence in the field of labor and employment.

The development of the On-line SPES processing was part of DOLE 12’s commitment to uphold the highest standards of excellence and to continually improve the quality management system towards customer and client satisfaction.

SOCCSKSARGEN is composed of the provinces of North and South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Saranggani and the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Koronadal, Tacurong and Gen. Santos.(PNA)