Thursday, March 19, 2009

DBM-Caraga 34m Building Inaugurated by Sec. Rolando Andaya

The Department of Budget and Management Caraga Regional Office finally had its dream comes into reality, when it inaugurated its 34 million worth building located beside Iglesia ni Cristo, a few steps turning left along J Rosales Avenue.

The birth of Caraga Region paved the way to the operationalization of DBM Regional Office, by virtue of the Department Order No. 98-21 issued by then DBM Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno on November 3, 1998.

Way back then, the DBM office was located on the second floor of Llido Building, Ochoa Avenue, Butuan City, and to initially undertake the functions of the new Regional Office, a skeletal force consisting of one Senior Budget and Management Specialist, Accountant III, and a Driver pioneered the operations in CARAGA Region under the stewardship of then Director IV Norberto A. Almaden who also served for the time being as concurrent Regional Director of DBM Regional Office X.Initial operation started in April, 1999 catering only to DPWH Regional and District Offices. With the addition of two more technical staff transferred from RO X in August, 1999, the regional office’s coverage extended to other regionalized agencies of CARAGA, among which are SUCs, DECS (now DepEd), TESDA, CHED, DOH, Local Water Districts, and Local Government Units operating within the four major provinces of the region, namely, the Provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur and the cities of Surigao and Butuan which were before under the coverage of Regions X and XI. As the clientele agencies of the regional office were getting bigger, another three personnel were hired in September, 1999 to complement the staffing requirements of DBM - RO XIII.On the same month, the office was provided with an Assistant Regional Director in the person of Director III Joecel F. Obenza.

As clientele grew, DBM office transferred to a two-storey R. Tiu Building situated at JC Aquino Avenue in January 2001, making it more accessible to everyone, now having a total of 19 staff.

ARD Joecel F. Obenza took the post to head the Regional Office as the newly appointed OIC-Regional Director in view of the retirement of Regional Director Norberto A. Almaden on December 24, 2001.

In December 2004, DBM acquired a 2,544 sq. m. lot at Jose P. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City for a regional office site and the Procurement Service Depot,
On March 19, DBM staff is as busy as a bee, with no less than Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr. graced the event as the guest speaker, of the blessing & inauguration of the 34 million 3 storey building with a roof top of DBM Regional Office and DBM Hostel.

Arch. Emiliano Villocido Jr. of DPWH District Office did a great job having envisioned a modern concept, using the state of the art facilities. The main entrance is an automatic sliding door, all offices located on its 1st floor has a glass divisions etched each on its doors the assigned department. Also located on the first floor is a room allocated solely for the assigned Auditor of the Commission On Audit, Library and server room.

The 2nd floor is where the Regional Director and Assistant RD rooms located, equip with modern technology (flat screen touch screen TV/DVD) fronting it is the Cashier's cubicle and receiving area, and a conference room.

The 3rd floor is a huge badminton area, which can also be used as a function area, while the roof top has a basketball court with one goal ring ba tawag ana hahahaha.
At the back of the DBM Building is a 3 floors Hostel, each room has its own toilet/bathroom, and a flat screen TV with big airconditioning units. The DBM Hostel has its own dining and kitchen areas located on the ground floor.

I would also like to mention, that the chandeliers were awesome, it rotates.

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