Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Representative meets with SEARCA Officials and Unit Heads

  • 28 November 2014, Friday

SDC representative, Mr. Sreeram Koottala together with SEARCA Unit Heads, Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, Acting Program Head for RDD, and Ms. Amy M. Lecciones and Ms. Mary Ann Batas of the ASRF Project Management Office.

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Mr. Sreeram Koottala, Coordinator International Accounting of Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, and representative of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) visited SEARCA on 06 November 2014 to clarify the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Financial Review of the Center’s SDC-funded project.

SEARCA Director, Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., as he welcomed and briefed Mr. Sreeram.The ASEAN Social Forestry Network Strategic Response Fund (ASRF) is being implemented by SEARCA through the support of SDC. It is a flexible funding mechanism aimed at providing small grants to ASEAN Member States (AMS) in aid of policy development and decision-making on social forestry as it relates to climate change, food security, and poverty alleviation.

SEARCA Officials led by Director Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. and the ASRF Regional Program Coordinator, Ms. Amy Lecciones briefed Mr. Sreeram about SEARCA, its organizational structure and operations, and the ASRF project.

Presentations on the Center’s accounting and financial management procedures, internal control systems, and other administrative procedures were given by the Unit Heads concerned.

Mr. Sreeram commended SEARCA for its finance and administrative system and procedures which he found consistent with internationally-accepted standards. He then reviewed and replied to the questions earlier raised by the potential external audit service providers in relation to the Mr. Sreeram on clarifying the Financial Review Terms of Reference.financial review of the ASRF project (Ma. Edeliza R. Silot).