The South Bougainville District Development Authority (SBDDA) in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville has been selected to pilot the Service Improvement Program Data Management System (SIP DMS).
The system has been standardized with its checklist and helps proper filing and standard reports of projects, with AROB being among other provinces chosen to pilot the SIPDMS.
Acting Assistant Secretary for Momase East/West Sepik, Department of Implementation and Rural Development , Mr Nick Manes made the announcement on February 18, following the presentation of acquittals by South Bougainville (DDA) to the Department of Implementation and Rural Development (DIRD).
He added SBDDA produced ‘some of the best acquittals’ and for having constant communication with his department, and further congratulated South Bougainville as the acquittals were consistent with their Five-Year Development Plan.
Mr Manes added, “in order for any district to spend money, there has to be a road map which is the five-year development plan and South Bougainville has done it.”
Member for South Bougainville and Minister for Information and Communication Technology Honorable Timothy Masiu was among the team from the South Bougainville District Development Authority, led by the Chief Executive Officer Mr Peter Kamui.
Mr Kamui reaffirmed that what was presented were acquittals of real projects and appreciated the leadership of their Member and Minister for ICT Honorable Timothy Masiu for his leadership.
He said there had been equal distribution of projects throughout South Bougainville and commended the team for their tireless efforts in compiling all reports according to the new standard that was initiated by the Department of Implementation and Rural Development.
Minister Masiu also commended his officers from the South Bougainville District Development Authority for a job well done.
“It is important that under the Organic Law and Provincial Government and District Development Authority Board , leaders must acquit government funding and I am happy to be with my officers from my Electorate to present to your office.”
Mr Masiu requested that DIRD assess and advise the team on whether they have done well or need to improve in certain areas to making sure acquittals are done correctly.
“I like accountability and transparency and I hope one day I can come up with the best acquittal to show exactly how money is spent on various projects but then most times we don’t get funding from the National government.
“However, I am happy that my team continues to get the acquittals done on time,” Minister Masiu said.
Deputy Secretary Program Implementation Wing of the DIRD Mr Gordon Wafimbi was happy to have received the acquittals from South Bougainville.
“Reporting is important as it reflects accountability and transparency.”
Mr Wafimbi says the government of the day is always emphasizing on accountability and transparency and he was happy that South Bougainville has done that by presenting their acquittals.
“It gives us an opportunity to hear from you about the issues arising out from how the program has been implemented,” said Mr Wafimbi.
The Department of Implementation and Rural Development is looking forward to working closely with the officers from the South Bougainville District Development Authority to roll out the Service Improvement Program Data Management Program.