The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) continues its best practice of improving its existing systems and procedures on administrative concerns especially matters concerning the welfare of all the employees. Consequently, this leads to a more efficient and effective program implementation and service delivery.

With the initiative of the Systems and Procedures Review Committee (SPRC) in coordination with the Personnel Administration Section (PAS), an enhanced scheme on the preparation and computation of salary for Cost of Service Workers (COSW) was designed.

“With this scheme, all COSWs are now receiving on time salary like those of regular employees. This is also a means to help them meet their financial needs and to encourage better performance in the delivery of programs and services,” said SPRC Chairperson, OIC Assistant Regional Director for Administration (OARDA) Nora D. Dela Paz.

OARDA Dela Paz added that COSWs are now expected to be more productive and efficient to work because this contributes to the boosting of their morale and motivation as to retain the COSWs for longer service duration and to sustain healthy, loyal, and satisfied labor force for the organization.

Such scheme took effect after the Regional Management Committee (RManCom) approved its implementation. It was because of the remarkable effect after a three-month (April to June) pilot testing with the Pantawid Pamilya staff in the region. It is now being adapted in the payroll processing system for other staff of special projects.

Supervisors are required to submit a Certification of Attendance of the staff every 10th and 25th day of the month as basis of the PAS in the preparation of salary payroll. This will not hinder the PAS to verify staff attendance and adherence to the existing office policies and procedures affecting the preparation of salary. PAS also reconciles Daily Time Record (DTR) entries to the attendance logbook of the staff.

Overpayment on salaries of Absence Without Leave (AWOL) and resigned staff will be lessened or avoided. Given the pronounced responsibility and accountability with the issuance of a Certificate of Attendance, supervisors are empowered to discharge their supervisory functions particularly on administrative supervision on the monitoring and validation of entries of submitted DTRs. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)