BALANGA CITY , Bataan – After the topping off ceremony last July 17, the Bunker building here at the Capitol compound is nearing its completion and will be ready for occupancy by the first quarter of 2018. Being under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project, the provincial government is not spending a single centavo for this multi-billion peso venture.
Aimed at facilitating the processing of business permits, and all government services both national and local, eliminate red tape in the bureaucracy as well as corruption in government transactions, Gov. Abet Garcia is likewise firm in his resolve to upgrade and empower the whole provincial government in order to offer excellent public service with the current growth in business ventures and opportunities. This strategic initiative of the Management Information Systems Office (MIS) will concretize the “One-Stop-Shop” idea in government transactions.
Last August 7-11, upon the invitation of Jesal Anada, VFS Global GM for Operations, Governor Garcia, together with PIO/MIS Head, Geoffrey Loyola; the Bunker Project Marketing Head, Azucena Sugatain; MBDA General Manager, Charlie Pizarro, and Helen Escudero went to Dubai and Mumbai, India to visit and observe the one-stop service centers there. To finalize and fully concretize their proposal, come September 18-20, VFS Global and the Provincial Government of Bataan will have a working session.
VFS Global is an outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, VFS Global was established in Mumbai in 2001, when it set-up three Visa Application Centers for its first client government – the United States of America. By 2005 VFS Global served eleven governments – including the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. In 2007 it won its first global account from UK for operations across 33 countries.
The Bataan delegation also had the opportunity to visit Caracal International in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Caracal International is the region’s leading original small arms manufacturer which develops and produces a wide range of modern firearms – from pistols up to sniper rifles. Caracal’s products feature innovative technical solutions which are protected by internationally registered patents and have all passed comprehensive and independent testing. It is interesting to note that there are a lot of Filipinos employed at Caracal, some of which are Bataeños and one of them is an Iskolar ng Bataan program beneficiary.
Caracal CEO is visiting Bataan upon the invitation of Gov. Garcia, to demonstrate their products to the officials of the newly established Defense Economic Zone in Limay – the first in Southeast Asia, where the government arsenal is located and explore possibilities of penetrating and marketing their products to the Philippines.