The Asian Productivity Organization (APO) handed its 2011 APO National Award to Feliciano Torres for his significant contributions in integrating productivity practices in the Philippines. The other awardees belong to China, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.
Torres is president of five companies primarily Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing Inc., a vehicle parts and accessories manufacturer based in Laguna. Under Torres’ leadership, the company earned a strong reputation for capability and strict adherence to quality.
The plant expansion of Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing Inc. in the 1980s saw more productivity and excellence awards from the government and business community. Torres’ latest achievements include awards from the Philippines-Japan Society in 2009 and the Philippine Quality and Productivity Movement in 2000.
In addition, Torres leads the Employers Confederation of the Philippines Institute for Productivity and Competitiveness Foundation and the Philippine Automotive Competitiveness Council as chairman.
The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), as the national productivity organization, spearheaded the recognition rites held at Crowne Plaza Hotel coinciding with APO’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Given every five years since 1990, Torres joins the ranks of other APO National Awardees, namely, Ceferino Follosco in 1991 and Engr. Filemon Berba in 2005.
Earlier, former president Fidel V. Ramos was conferred the APO Regional Award in Malaysia. Ramos, who is founder and chairman of the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation Inc, was chosen for his leadership in advocating sustainable development and contributions to the cause of productivity in the Philippines and throughout Asia.
APO is composed of 20 member-countries and a prime mover in productivity-enhancing initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. It implements its programs through DAP being the designated national productivity organization in the country.read more
The DAP team with DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz (3rd from left) during a pre-workshop meeting.
In pursuit of President Aquino’s “Tuwid na Daan”, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) recently held a consultation-workshop for the formulation of the Department’s Integrity Development Plan (IDP) for 2011-2016.
The workshop, held last October 19-21, 2011 at the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, was conducted with the assistance of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) particularly, the Policy Research Office (PRO) of the Center for Governance (CFG).
The workshop was attended by members of the Tripartite Efficiency and Integrity Boards (TEIBs) at the National, Central, Regional and Attached Agencies levels. The creation of the TEIBs is a novel approach of the Department in integrity development, fully involving its key stakeholders – with representatives from both management and labor sectors – in integrity development.
The workshop design made use of the logframe approach, a new track in integrity development planning introduced by DAP. It allowed the Department to produce a results-based integrity development plan which is implementable in the medium term or from 2011-2016.
The IDP demonstrates DOLE’s commitment in pursuing a comprehensive integrity development plan during the administration of President Aquino. It supports the goal of promoting better labor governance in the Philippine Labor and Plan (LEP), a sectoral plan of Philippine Development Plan for 2011-2016.
The IDP defines the objectives that DOLE must achieve in terms of integrity and efficiency in the medium-term. It also identifies projects and activities that will contribute to the achievement of the objectives. As such, it will serve as a roadmap for the DOLE in their mission to promote institutional reforms toward good governance in the Department.read more
The Development Academy of the Philippines Graduate School of Public and Development Management (DAP-GSPDM), Maximo T. Kalaw Institute for Sustainable Development (MTKISD), and Global Footprint Network collaborated to organize a forum entitled Discovering our Ecological Footprints: Learning to Account our Impact on the Planet held at the DAP Building in Pasig.
The forum provided the participants awareness on the Ecological Footprint Methodology. It is a tool that helps countries see and understand their ecological state in order for them to realize the importance of conserving ecological resources for present and future consumption.
According to Patti Poblete, director of World Outreach and Media Regional Lead for Asia Pacific, the global population is rapidly increasing and so does the demand for ecological resources. In that sense, a country must know how much resources they have to fulfill their people’s demand for basic necessities. Moreover, they have to be aware of their ecological footprints to come up with strategies that balance their resources. Balanced resources means the demands of the present generation are met at the same time, leaving enough resources to sustain the future generation.
On the other hand, Dr. Sixto K. Roxas, a member of the DAP Council of Fellows and MTKISD chairman, stated that here in the Philippines, our agricultural lands, which are part of our country’s ecological footprint, are being commercialized due to the advent of land development.
“It is not really for development, but for own personal business only. This must be regulated or stopped because it will kill us,” he said. He also suggested that there must be a symbiotic relationship between the urban and rural areas wherein the technology from the urban side will be utilized to enhance our ecological resources that mostly come from the rural areas. In that way, a balance between the people’s demands vis-à-vis the available resources could be attained.
It was also mentioned that our world is on the ecological overshoot, a situation where the human population tends to use more resources than the earth can produce. Thus, every undertaking that affects our resources is crucial. The challenge now is to know ‘how can we all live well and live within the means of one planet?’
Aside from DAP officers and employees, representatives from the National Economic and Development Authority, Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners, Climate Change Commission, Ateneo de Manila University, and World Wildlife Fund attended the forum.read more
Top British business experts and companies urged the local business community to consider getting involved in projects under the public-private partnership (PPP) being pushed by the Aquino administration as part of measures toward sustainable expansion.
In a forum hosted by British Ambassador to the Philippines Stephen Lillie, British experts discussed the PPP process, including key legal issues and considerations for foreign investors and financiers.
The experts also presented the critical success factors in the delivery of PPPs and sustainable planning and delivery of urban infrastructure. Experts on PPP come from companies such as PWC Professional Advisors Inc., P & A-Grant Thornton, Baker & McKenzie (Quisumbing Torres), Ashurst LLP, Pinsent Masons LLP, HSBC, Halcrow, Atkins Global, SERCO, and Tony Gee.
The forum is part of Britain’s continuing support for the Philippines’ PPP projects.
“We have a wide and expert range of top quality British companies with experience of PPP right from the start – from the project design, the financing, the legal issues, to the delivery, the engineering, construction – to the end of the project, to the operation and management,” said Lillie in a statement released on Thursday.
The PPP experts are members of a trade mission of British firms interested in engaging in PPP projects in the Philippines and within the region.
The experts are engaged in professional service firms in transaction and legal advisory, project packaging and finance, infrastructure management and technical consultancy and similar areas.
Lillie said more than 100 participants from industry associations, project developers and contractors, financial institutions and government agencies attended the forum.
Looking forward to dialogue
British companies that joined the trade mission to the Philippines also include Arup, Gammon Construction, Systech, Pointer Ltd., Andrews & Wykeham, E & Y, and March Publishing.
The British trade mission also met with a representative of the Board of Investments to discuss PPP projects.
Cosette Canilao, executive director of the PPP Centre in the Philippines, welcomed the members of the trade mission and said, “We look forward to dialogue and to hear inputs and suggestions as we acknowledge UK’s expertise and experience on PPP and infrastructure in general.”
“Our projects need experience and high-caliber professional service firms or organizations in the areas of infrastructure and development project packaging and structuring, financing and delivery, transaction advisory, consulting and other similar or related activities,” Canilao added.
Lillie also said the British Embassy is partnering with the Development Academy of the Philippines to assist local government units who will engage in PPP projects, through a series of workshops for government officials.
“The UK is really the home of public-private partnerships. It was the UK Government’s private finance initiative of 1992, which really put public-private partnerships on the map internationally. In over two decades, we have built up an unrivalled pool of expertise; an unrivalled breadth and depth of expertise in the delivery of different types of public-private partnership projects,” said Lillie.
Reprinted from www.gmanetwork.com.read more
The Development Academy of the Philippines Graduate School of Public and Development Management (DAP-GSPDM) organized an Academic Fellowship at the DAP Conference Center in Tagaytay City.
With the theme Building Synergy for Change and Development, the event gathered students registered in different majors of the Master in Public Management (MPM) and Master in Productivity and Quality Management (MPQM) programs.
MPM major in Development and Security students came from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Command and General Staff College and the Presidential Security Group while MPM major in Health Systems and Development students are physicians from the Department of Health (DOH)’s Doctors to the Barrio program.
For the MPQM major in Microfinance, area managers of the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI) attended. MPQM students from the private sector and students of the Executive Doctorate in Education Leadership also participated.
Five speakers representing the various fields involved shared their insights on timely topics: AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Bgen Jose Mabanta Jr. on Internal Peace and Security Plan: A Multi-Stakeholder Convergence for Development, National Security Council Deputy Dir. Gen. Vicente Agdamag Jr. on National Security Policy, former DOH Secretary Alberto Romulo on Integrating Health Sector Reform in Development, CARD MRI Founding Pres. Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip on Good Governance for Sustainable Community Development, and Maximo T. Kalaw Institute for Sustainable Development Chairman Dr. Sixto Roxas on Self-Sustaining Communities for Development.
National Economic Development Authority Project Manager Ryan Babon also explained the Roadmap for Philippine Development to emphasize the crucial roles played by security, health, finance, leadership, and education in national growth.
The speeches served as a springboard for further discussion in smaller groups. DAP Graduate School Dean Dr. Gloria Jumamil-Mercado, MNSA integrated all the inputs at the end of the presentations.
The DAP Graduate School advocates for the professionalization of the bureaucracy. It believes that blending with peers in government service and expanding one’s network help in harnessing committed, competent, and responsive development managers.read more
Twenty-six physicians make up the first batch of graduates of the Master in Public Management major in Health Systems and Development (MPM-HSD) while 18 others earned their diplomas in Health Systems and Development.
The 44-unit interdisciplinary MPM-HSD program is being offered by the Development Academy of the Philippines Graduate School of Public and Development Management (DAP-GSPDM) for the Doctors to the Barrios (DTTBs) program of the Department of Health.
The DTTBs program sends doctors and nurses to underserved and hard-to-reach areas to address the lack of medical services in the countryside. The academic degree acquired by the doctors from DAP-GSPDM is part of their deployment.
During the commencement exercises held at the DAP Conference Center, the following graduates were awarded academic distinction: Ceferino A. Lustre II (bronze), Criston Van C. Manasan (silver), and Maria Pura L. Rodriguez (gold). Quennie Dyan C. Raagas received the leadership award.
Also recognized were graduates with outstanding Action Plan and Projects, a final paper that is equivalent to a master’s thesis, but more practical in character and approach. They are academic gold medalist Rodriguez for her Organizing Barangay Health Teams as a Strategy to Improve Maternal Health: An Analysis of the San Isidro Experience in Social Mobilization for Health Promotion and leadership awardee Raagas for her Case Study on the Utilization of Corporate Social Responsibility of Mining Companies to Strengthen Local Health System Development in Claver, Surigao del Norte through Public Private Partnership (PPP) Strategy.
It took one year and five months for the first batch to finish the course. Two more batches have started on the program last October 2010 and October 2011 respectively.
MPM-HSD incorporates DAP-GSPDM’s distinctive features of combining both theoretical and practical-cum-functional competencies as well as building stewardship values.
To know more about DAP Graduate School programs, visit www.dap.edu.ph/gspdm.read more
In 2006, the Academy’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management (GSPDM) launched the first Graduate Certificate Course in Corruption Prevention (GCCCP) in the country in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Rule of Law Effectiveness (ROLE) and the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC). This 15-unit graduate certificate program is in line with the anti-corruption initiatives of the Philippine Government and the first phase towards the Academy’s strategic and long-term contribution to the renewal and transformation of the bureaucracy.
After four batches in five years, the Graduate School is proud to offer another innovation in its competency programs – the Master in Public Management major in Integrity Development in Governance (MPM-IDiG).
The first of its kind in the country, MPM-IDiG transcends the limitations of the usual approaches by taking the broader notion of Integrity, rather than the negative and limiting notion of corruption, as its starting point.
The MPM-IDiG program is intended for mid-level managers in the public service and is designed to provide the strategic knowledge, skills and attitudinal change to not only implement anti-corruption reforms, but more importantly build institutionalized integrity in the bureaucracy.
The MPM-IDiG is a 15-month post graduate degree program with 36 units comprising 15 units of Core Courses, 15 units of Major Courses, and a 6-unit Integrity Development in Governance Action Plan and Project (IDiGAPP), which is equivalent to a Master’s thesis, incorporating an ambitious but doable plan that the students are expected to carry out in their own organizations or policy field.
For more details, please contact Zemalyn O. Gutierrez at 6335569 / 6312167 or email firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com. The office of the DAP Graduate School is located on the 2ndF (upper) of DAP Bldg., Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
Visit www.dap.edu.ph/gspdm to know more about DAP’s academic programs.read more
DAP is currently conducting a second round of the Business Case Development Fundamentals and Workshop at Imperial Palace Suites in Quezon City.
Sponsored by the British government through its British Embassy in Manila, this capacity-development training for the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center and its partner implementing agencies supports the strengthening of PPP in the Philippines.
The first two sessions last November 14 and 15 equipped the participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop robust and viable business cases and further build up their core competencies in managing PPP projects.
The last day, set on November 25, will be devoted to business case presentation and panel critiquing, which will allow the participants to apply the parameters in developing and operating PPP projects such as approaches on project planning, management, facilitation, operation, monitoring, and evaluation.
Attending agencies are the Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Finance, Department of Justice, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Tourism, Department of Transportation and Communications, Clark Development Corporation, Laguna Lake Development Authority, National Economic and Development Authority, and Securities and Exchange Commission.
The PPP Center recognizes the indispensable role of the private sector in pursuing national growth. It is this core principle that pushes the government to strive for a more dynamic and collaborative undertaking through the PPP scheme.
For inquiries, please get in touch with Niña Karl Sta Cruz of DAP’s Center for Governance though 6312132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org more
The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), in its advocacy to promote good governance and productivity in the country, joined Biyaheng Pinoy exhibition at the Philippine International Convention Center.
The Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines and the Department of Interior and Local Government spearheaded Biyaheng Pinoy: Tapat na Palakad, Bayang Maunlad, a year-long series of local governance-related activities in celebration of the 20th year of local autonomy in the Philippines. This year’s theme is Local Government Code: 20 Years of Gains towards a More Meaningful Autonomy.
DAP showcased its initiatives in the area of good governance and anti-corruption. Other exhibit clusters included human development; peace, security, and justice; climate change adaptation and mitigation; economic development; and performance management.
Overall, the exhibition displayed the concerted efforts of different government agencies in improving public management. Biyaheng Pinoy also hopes to increase the general public’s awareness on local governance issues.
Next stop of the DAP exhibit will be the 10th National CES Conference at Heritage Hotel in Pasay City, 3rd Philippine Cities Global Convention and Exposition at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, and the Kabisig National Government Expo and Trade Fair at Abreeza Hotel in Davao City.read more
MANILA, Philippines – Former Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza hit Malacanang on making it a “habit” to blame the preceding government when some of its undertaking drew flak from the public.
The statement came after the government indirectly put the blame to Dureza on the P5 million funds for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for its Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BMLI).
“If that letter-request for the release of P5M was sent in 2007, I wonder why President Aquino, at the first opportunity quickly released it,” he said, while noting that the former President never approved it.
“When it drew some flack, Malacanang today looked around for someone to blame… If you all notice, it has now become a habit,” he added.
Dureza issued the statement after a government website, www.gov.ph, published the statement of Silvestre Afable, former chief peace negotiator with the MILF, saying that Dureza approved the project during his term as chief peace adviser of Arroyo.
“I clearly stated that I had no fore knowledge about the P5 million commitment to the BLMI, which President Aquino gave to the MILF recently. I did not say I had no knowledge about the BLMI,” Dureza said.
He also noted that it was Afable who pushed for the creation of the BLMI during his stint as the government chief negotiator with the Moro rebel group.
“As a matter of fact, while I was the adviser for the peace process (PAPP), I knew that Sec. Yong (Afable), before he resigned from the panel, started the BLMI during his time and pushed for it,” he pointed out.
Dureza also reasoned that the funding for the MILF’s BLMI came during a workshop with both panels conducted by the Development Academy of the Philippines, adding “and the letter request for the President to fund it from the panel, not passing my desk as PAPP.”
“Malacanang even went ridiculously further by falsely claiming that I was the proponent of that P5M fund. I said it was good spin, but amateurish.”
Reprinted from http://www.philstar.com