DENR National Capital Region Assistant Regional Director for Management Services, Dr. Al O. Orolfo, proudly announced that the Online Leave Management (OLM) system of the regional office is now officially up and running after weeks of pilot testing.

The OLM, ARD Orolfo said, is one of the many innovations the Management Services has instituted in line with the ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001: 2015 (Quality and Environmental Management System) certification of the office and the Ease of Doing Business Act of 2018 (R.A. No. 11032).

“We developed the system because we wanted to lessen paper consumption in the office and to improve document tracking and approval as well”, Assistant Director Orolfo explained.

“Our office uses reams and reams of paper every year, not to mention ink and electricity, in printing documents. So, the implementation of the OLM is really is a step forward—however small it may be for now—to paperless transactions in the office”, he added.

The paperless transaction is one of the main organizational reforms that DENR National Capital Region is pursuing under the leadership of Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan. “Improving organizational efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of services to the people has always been our goal, and going paperless is part of these efforts”, Director Caancan revealed.

“The technology has long been available and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) itself has been a staunch advocate of the shift towards IT-based solutions in data management in the government. We’re years behind the CSC in adopting digital technology in managing data entry, data tracking, and data information needs of the office. So there is no reason for us to further delay instituting appropriate changes in the way we do things”, she said.

Paperless transactions, moreover, offer many advantages for the government according to Director Caancan, top amongst which is that it saves on employees’ time and resources of the office. “The digital workflow automates and simplifies the process of printing, filing, and managing documents, overall minimizing transaction costs”, Director Caancan said.

More importantly, going digital also is one of the best ways to reduce the amount of waste the office generates. “We’re trying to ‘close the loop’, so to speak, and break free from the linear economic model with our focus on waste avoidance and improving the productivity of available resources”, she adds.

“We have already launched late last year our online appointment and payment system, and we’re in the process of developing our online filing of applications”, Director Caancan disclosed. All of these innovations, she assures, will translate to better public service and environmental sustainability.