The Department of Finance (DOF) has formed four management clusters to strictly enforce the agency’s varied functions, and to streamline and improve processes at the department.
“By formalizing the cluster system which we have been using for the past three years, we will enhance both accountability and transfer of expertise vertically throughout the DOF and its attached agencies,” Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said in a statement on Thursday, noting that he was keen on reflecting management techniques from the private sector.
Purisima explained that the main function of the cluster system was to ensure visibility of all DOF activities throughout the department and its attached agencies, thus enhancing transparency in its operations and reporting.
He added that the four clusters of the department will each be overseen by a designated head who will assume the role of primary coordinator for all operations and policy engagements under their corresponding clusters.
Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares heads the Revenue Cluster, which covers the major revenue-collecting agencies of the DOF, including the BIR, Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Local Government Finance and the National Tax Research Center.
Meanwhile, National Treasurer Rosalia de Leon leads the Liability Management and Capital Markets Development Cluster, which coordinates the government’s debt management activities done through the Bureau of Treasury as well as through official development, Insurance Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission and the Philippine Deposit Insurance Commission.
Finance Undersecretary John Philip Sevilla heads the government’s engagement in privatization functions, public-private partnerships and government-owned and -controlled corporations issues and affairs.
On the other hand, Assistant Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Secretary Ma. Lourdes Recente will cover the DOF’s internal administration affairs, such as human resource and personnel development programs.
“As we move forward with our cluster model, we hope that its viability can be observed and adopted by other government organizations that find it useful,” Purisima said.
Mayvelin U. Caraballo