Purisima formalizes cluster system at DOF
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Finance is creating management clusters to ensure transparency in all its activities.
Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima on Tuesday issued Department Order No. 39 for the formation of four clusters, each overseen by a designated head who will assume the role of primary coordinator for all operations and policy engagements under their corresponding clusters.
"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," said Purisima.
Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares will head the revenue cluster, which covers the major revenue-collecting agencies of the DOF including the BIR and the Bureau of Customs. The Bureau of Local Government Finance and National Tax Research Center will also fall under the revenue cluster's purview as well.
National treasurer Rosalia De Leon will lead the liability management and capital markets development cluster, which will coordinate the government's debt management activities done through the Bureau of Treasury as well as through official development assistance. The cluster also includes the Insurance Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, and Philippine Deposit Insurance Commission
Finance undersecretary John Philip Sevilla will overlook the government's engagements in the Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and issues and affairs concerning government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs).
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.