BASELINE ASSESSMENT OF INTERNAL CONTROL SYSTEMS REVEALS IMPRESSIVE RESULTS FOR DOST-TAPI
By Mat Jerome Casequin
Bicutan, Taguig City – The Department of Science and Technology – Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI), together with DOST-Internal Audit Service (IAS), conducted the closing meeting for the Baseline Assessment of the Internal Control Systems (BAICS) on April 3, 2023, at the TAPI Audio Visual Room.
Closing Meeting ceremony for the BAICS Results, attended by TAPI Director Atty. Marion Ivy Decena, Division Heads, and other core staff of TAPI, together with the BAICS Team headed by IAS Director IV Maria Teresa De Guzman.
The meeting was attended by TAPI Director Atty. Marion Ivy Decena, Division Heads, and other core staff of TAPI. The presentation of results was led by the BAICS Team, headed by IAS Director IV Maria Teresa De Guzman, Operation Audit Division OIC Mr. Edgardo P. Catorce Jr., IAS-OpAD Internal Auditor III Mr. Rommell Ross C. Oba, and MAuD IAS Internal Auditor IV Ms. Marian C. Gelera.
DOST-TAPI Director Atty. Decena giving her opening remarks for the BAICS Closing Meeting Ceremony.
In her opening speech, Director Ma. Teresa De Guzman praised TAPI for its exceptional collaboration and impressive results. The assessment showed strong performance across all areas: Control Environment (96%), Risk Management (90%), Control Activities (92%), Information and Communication (99%), and Monitoring (100%).
The Team commended the agency’s three (3) Technical Divisions, and emphasized that the Team did not find any deficiencies in the areas covered for assessment.
The BAICS team also highlighted TAPI’s best practices, including its strategic approach to enhancing employee comprehension of relevant laws and policies through the organization's quarterly publication, LINAW (Legal Issuances for Amplification in the Workplace), institutionalizing internal controls through formal policies and guidelines, exemplary execution of their Freedom of Information (FOI) programs, and development and implementation of an effective document-tracking system (DOST-TAPI Online Routing System or DTORS).
From BAICS Team, Mr. Edgardo P. Catorce Jr., on the results of their assessments highlighting good points and practices that they encounter during the process.
On the other hand, the Technical Division exhibited good internal control practices in documenting its operations, such as benchmarking activities, performance reviews, periodic monitoring, and evaluation of PPAs that contribute to the agency’s better decision-making and accountability.
The BAIC Team, however, mentioned a few internal control deficiencies and provided recommendations that will help TAPI develop sustainable solutions and preventive strategies for future challenges.
In her closing message, TAPI Director Atty. Decena emphasized that this is the time to push for the impact assessment of TAPI programs for the agency to be well-equipped and to ensure that TAPI can efficiently provide the services our country needs.
BAICS is an integral method in the internal audit cycle for all government agencies, GFIs, GOCCs, and SUCs. The knowledge gained from the results of this assessment will help the Head of Agency or Offices in strengthening the internal control system, as embodied in the Revised Philippine Government Internal Audit Manual (RPGIAM).
DOST-CARAGA holds Tech Transfer and IP Protocol Training with DOST-TAPI Resource Speakers
By Sharah Ibrahim
BUTUAN CITY - In its efforts to boost its tech transfer initiatives, the Department of Science and Technology - CARAGA held an Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Process training at Almont Hotel and Inland Resort, Butuan City on March 23-24, 2023.
The Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) staff served as the resource speakers for the program.
DOST-TAPI, Director Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena, discussed about how intellectual property works and the process of transferring technology among the participants.
The two-day training was facilitated by Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena, DOST-TAPI Director, and Supervising Science Research Specialists, Pierre Sonia Dela Corte and Anna Liza Saet.
Supervising Science Research Specialists, Pierre Sonia Dela Corte and Anna Liza Saet, further discussing the other concepts of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Process
On the first day of the training, the resource speakers discussed the amended Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) and DOST IP policy, technology transfer protocols of the Regional Research and Development Information System (RDIS), technology transfer and commercialization in DOST.
In addition, guidelines on fairness opinion report and written recommendations, and intellectual property management protocol of DOST government funding agencies were tackled on the first day of the training.
On the other hand, the second day of the training focused on the policy on governing contract research applicability, basics of intellectual property, intellectual property information search, freedom to operate in relation to intellectual property, technology valuation, and 2023 venture financing guidelines.
DOST-CARAGA regional staff during the training on the discussion of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Process.
The capacitation of DOST CARAGA on tech transfer and intellectual property is in line with its role as the Fairness Opinion Board receiving office, which requires the agency to be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to facilitate the transfer of technologies from DOST-funded research and development projects to industry partners.
Participants from DOST-CARAGA with DOST-TAPI Director, Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena, and Supervising Science Research Specialists, Pierre Sonia Dela Corte and Anna Liza Saet.
The training program is expected to enhance the capacity of DOST CARAGA in handling tech transfer and intellectual property matters, thus enabling the agency to further promote innovation and development in the CARAGA Region.