MANILA, Philippines – Silvestre Afable, former chief peace negotiator with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) of then president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, confirmed yesterday that the previous administration had forged an agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to create the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BMLI).
In a statement sent through the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), Afable said that former presidential adviser on the peace process Jesus Dureza might just be experiencing a memory gap when he denied that the Arroyo administration committed to give P5 million to the MILF.
Afable said he appreciated President Aquino’s decision to give the MILF the P5 million to jumpstart the BMLI.
“I was the government’s chief negotiator with the MILF when, in 2006, we reached agreement (across the negotiating table in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) to set up the BMLI.
“Secretary Jess Dureza was then the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process. He may have just forgotten that event,” Afable said.
Afable said the BMLI is an offshoot of an agreement signed by the government with the MILF in 2001 to form the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA).
He said at that time, the MILF wanted to try its hand at implementing its own development projects.
“As the BDA grew, it needed more personnel who could receive, disburse and account for funds; and supervise incipient development teams. The BMLI was the envisioned training school for these personnel,” Afable said.
Afable said it was they who requested the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) to work on the basic curriculum and provide trainers to the project, which was done with enthusiasm and zeal.
“Institutions such as the BDA and the BMLI must not be treated negatively, because these, alongside the ceasefire, provide the necessary climate for negotiations and stem the urge among fighters to shoot each other. One must be creative in offering alternatives to those who have been used to live by the gun,” Afable said.
Afable said when the government and the MILF restored the ceasefire in 2001, follow up was necessary on two key items. “First, to get an international monitoring team to help make sure the truce holds and create the basic institutions to re-channel the energies of MILF fighters,” he said.
He said confidence-building measures lie in the meat of any peace process anywhere in the world.
“While we seek a political solution in the peace talks, we try to safeguard the ceasefire like precious life itself, and carve out a positive direction for fighters-on-hold who will hopefully trade their guns for ploughshares when a final settlement is reached,” Afable said.
He said the MILF itself has tried its level best to abide by this negotiation-ceasefire-development model as a transitional mechanism to a final political settlement.
“Many Filipinos are cynical about this, but I appreciate the fact that President Aquino is not,” Afable said.
The administration of President Aquino is trying to fend off criticism that it gave taxpayers’ money to the rebel group when there was no peace agreement yet and the funds could have been used to buy weapons.
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles insisted that Dureza was OPAPP head when the agreement to set up the BMLI was signed by the government.
In a text message to The STAR, Deles said Dureza should check the records.
“I resigned from the government (as Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process) together with the Hyatt 10 on July 8, 2005. He (Dureza) was Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process in 2006. Former government negotiator Yoyong Afable already issued a statement regarding this. It is in the OPAPP website,” Deles said.
Dureza served as presidential adviser on the peace process from 2006 to 2008.
Dureza claimed that Deles had been giving money to the MILF as early as 2005.
Deles was both predecessor and successor of Dureza as head of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process as the former had the post from 2003 to 2005 before resigning with the so-called Hyatt 10 group during the term of then President Arroyo.
Dureza said he had received information that Deles handed over to the MILF the dollar equivalent of P2.5 million in her meetings with the rebel group five years ago.
“I got information that there was really money given to the MILF before. There was an arrangement during the time of Ging (Deles) that P5 million will be given to the MILF with the Malaysians giving half of the amount,” Dureza said in a radio interview.
He said the money was given to the MILF through Datuk Tengku Ghafar, the Malaysian facilitator in the peace talks. It was not clear whether the Malaysian government gave the other half.
He said the P5 million recently released to the MILF was intended for the Bangsamoro Development
Authority, a nongovernment organization that the MILF created to help the rebel group slowly take on the role of administrator of development projects once the rebels achieve autonomy.
Dureza maintained he had “no personal or official knowledge” about the P5 million assistance to the MILF as claimed by Deles, adding that he asked former head of the negotiating panel Rodolfo Garcia to clarify the issue.
He said it would be improper to grant such an amount to the MILF since there was no peace agreement yet, and especially now that Malacañang is asking the rebel group to account for the money.
Dureza said the MILF has repeatedly maintained that it is not covered by Philippine laws, including the Constitution, so the Aquino administration cannot expect it to account for the money.
Former military ordinariate and now Batangas Archbishop Ramon Arguelles opposed the move of the Aquino administration to give millions of pesos to the MILF and the communist assassination squad Alex Boncayao Brigade (ABB) because the government is just financing their armed operations.
Arguelles said when the Aquino administration gives millions of pesos to rebel groups the administration is apparently financing the purchase of ammunition and weapons by the armed groups that would lead to more deaths.
The bishop said he is against the decision of the government to give P5 million to the MILF and P31 million to the ABB for livelihood and other aid to communities where former insurgents and other families live.
Arguelles said he does not believe that giving sizable sums of money to these groups would help bring peace.
“It would mean more dead soldiers, widow and orphans. It (government) is paying them to destroy our country. They are just providing arms to their enemies. They are just making them stronger,” he added.
Instead of giving money to ABB and MILF, the Aquino administration could just forward its donations directly to the people who have been affected by the conflict, through the nongovernmental organizations.
Malacañang earlier said that they would require the MILF to produce an accounting on how the money was spent.
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The Development Academy of the Philippines, through its Center for Governance, successfully implemented the PPP Orientation-Workshop for Region IV-A (Calabarzon) at Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila.
Funded by the British Embassy, the one-day orientation-workshop is part of the PPP Center of the Philippines’ capacity-building strategy for Local Government Units (LGUs). It gave LGUs the opportunity to clarify the context of the PPP scheme and explore possible local PPP projects along with the identification of other services that the PPP Center provides.
Cavite Governor Juanito Victor C. Remulla, Jr., Batangas Vice Governor Mark Leviste and Lucena City Mayor Barbara Ruby C. Talaga led the delegation of LGUs for the region.
All in all, the event was graced by all the provinces of Calabarzon: Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon, its six cities: Batangas, Calamba, Dasmariñas, Lucena, Sta. Rosa and Tagaytay, and one first-class municipality, Bacoor.
Aside from LGUs, several Regional Line Agencies were also present, namely, the National Economic and Development Authority, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, Department of Public Works and Highways and Department of Health. Four out of the five Higher Education Institutions in the region also participated: Batangas State University, University of Rizal System, Laguna State Polytechnic University and Southern Luzon State University.
The orientation-workshop ended with presentations by each province on viable PPP projects, which will be developed later on into a full feasibility study with advisory and technical assistance from the PPP Center.
The PPP orientation-workshop was pilot-tested in Calabarzon because the region presents leverage for the entry of the private sector in local development projects given its stature as an expansion area of Metropolitan Manila.
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Since the enactment of Republic Act 9485, otherwise known as the Anti Red Tape Act of 2007 (ARTA), all government agencies including all levels of local government units that provide frontline services were required to set up their respective service standards to be known as the Citizen’s Charter.
Aiming to better deliver frontline services in its locality, Puerto Princesa City requested the assistance of DAP to conduct a seminar-workshop in enhancing the Citizen’s Charter of all its barangays.
The seminar-workshop was held at the City Coliseum in Barangay San Pedro, Puerto Princesa City with representatives from the 48 barangays. The activity was conducted by the Local Development Office LDO of DAP’s Center for Governance in collaboration with the City Government and Liga ng mga Barangay.
In his opening message, Vice Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron challenged the barangay officials in improving the delivery of frontline services for their constituents. This will help the Barangay Chairpersons gain the trust of their constituents. Relatedly, Vice Mayor Bayron explained to the officials that this will encourage local residents to pay their taxes, which will become critical as the city is expected to have lesser Internal Revenue Allotment or IRA in succeeding years.
The seminar-workshop made the barangay officials realize that frontline services should be made transparent and efficient in delivery with an end-goal of satisfying their client’s needs.
The output of the seminar-workshop will be an agenda of the Liga ng mga Barangay for application in all communities. Aside from simplifying the steps of the barangay frontline services, respective fees and working hours will also be reviewed and standardized.
(Write-up contributed by Nina Karl Sta. Cruz of DAP’s Center for Governance. For inquiries, please email email@example.com.)
Living up to its reputation as one of the most environmentally-conscious cities in the country, Puerto Princesa City recently conducted activities to help sustain its revenue stream and efficiently and effectively deliver its frontline services. These activities were done in partnership with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).
Seminar-Workshop on Revenue Generation and Resource Mobilization
One of the challenges being faced by local government units (LGUs) today is the need to secure financial resources to fuel the implementation of development programs and projects in their localities. Evidently, LGUs cannot rely on their respective Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) alone, which is found insufficient to fund varying development concerns of the LGU.
Recognizing the need to sustain the development initiatives of Puerto Princesa City, the City Government requested the assistance of DAP to help the LGU identify practical strategies and approaches that will improve their present fiscal situation. Notably, the assistance from DAP will also address the city’s anticipated reduced IRA in succeeding years.
Responding to the request of the city, the Local Development Office of DAP’s Center for Governance conducted a two-day Seminar Workshop on Revenue Generation and Resource Mobilization for Puerto Princesa City.
The activity provided the City Government of Puerto Princesa with a more strategic, holistic and systematic view of their revenue generation and resource mobilization function using the Academy’s five-step model.
The seminar-workshop held at A&A Plaza Hotel in Puerto Princesa City emphasized on the need to achieve efficient local tax administration system and the importance of establishing a strong and credible business case for the LGU. Thirty-five participants from various departments and office officials of the city attended the activity including the Offices of the Mayor, Vice-Mayor, various committees of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, Planning, and Budget offices among others.
(Write-up contributed by Michelle Belga of DAP’s Center for Governance. For inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
MANILA, Philippines – Boxing champion and Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao is grateful to the Aquino government for his promotion to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, but clarifies that he did not ask for the promotion.
“Hindi ako ang may idea niyan,” said Pacquiao, who is currently in Los Angeles preparing for his trilogy bout against Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12.
“Sila siguro ang nagkaroon ng idea, ng nag-graduate ako sa DAP, Development Academy of the Philippines, at doon siguro nila nakuha yung idea,” he added.
Pacquiao’s promotion was met with criticism, with former president of the National Defense College of the Philippines Clarita Carlos saying that Pacquiao did not finish college, which is a requirement for his new rank.
Pacquiao was a former master sergeant and jumped five ranks after Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. signed his commission papers.
Election qualifies Pacquiao
But Col. Quirino Calanzano, Army Assistant Chief of Staff for Reservist Affairs, said the Army considered Pacquiao’s status as an elected official and his honorary doctorate from the South Western University in making the appointment.
Calanzano also said that Pacquiao applied for the appointment, something that the boxing champion denies.
Indeed, Pacquiao said he is surprised about the promotion.
“Na-surprise lang tayo na nabigyan tayo ng ganoong ranggo at na-promote tayo,” Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao also accepted the criticisms stemming from his promotion, saying he could not please everybody.
“Hindi naman natin maiiwasan yung mga magkwe-kwestyon, pero s’yempre approved naman ng ating Presidente iyan, approved ng mga nakatataas, so sila ang nakaka-alam,” Pacquiao said.
With his new rank, Pacquiao can theoretically lead a battalion of 400-500 people, according to Prof. Carlos.
But Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Zosimo Jesus Paredes II said Pacquiao will only receive “minimum privileges.”
“They can be saluted by officers lower than their rank…anything that goes with the rank, they will get it, but more than that, nothing really,” Paredes said.
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Eco-tourism can bring in more tourists and improve the quality of life in rural communities but it has to be planned to avoid disrupting local cultures and the environment, according to Antonio D. Kalaw Jr., president of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).
Kalaw urged tourism planners from 17 Asian countries participating in a trainors’ course to involve local stakeholders in formulating development strategies for eco-tourism and creating eco-tourism products.
“Tourism, or eco-tourism in particular, can help boost local economic development through a strategic stakeholder partnership that includes local governments, private entities and civil society organizations,” Kalaw said.
The DAP president spoke before 24 participants of an intensive two-week course on planning and management of eco-tourism sponsored by the Asian Productivity Organization (APO).
Kalaw said that sustainable development of tourism provides an alternative approach to diversifying the economic base of local communities given the right infrastructure and a supportive environment.
“However, these are increasingly being continuously threatened by many factors like the increasing requirements of a growing population, pollution, resource degradation and unsustainable resource management, among others, which we must address,” he said.
Implementors of the two-week course are DAP, International School of Sustainable Tourism and Department of Tourism. The Colombo Plan secretariat is cosponsor. The course until is being conducted until June 24 on the ISST main campus at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
Participants are from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.
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Carlos A. Sayco Jr. (left), vice president of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), explains the mandate of the institution during the “Talking Points Program” aired live over DZRB Radyo ng Bayan and People’s Television 4 on Tuesday (June 14, 2011). He said DAP was established in June 1973 and its mandate has been to assist in the country’s development efforts in two ways: as change catalyst and as capacity-builder. Remaining constantly focused on this two-fold mission, it has assisted in shaping new government policies, crafting innovative development programs, and modernizing the management of government agencies and private enterprises. The institution, which is located at Pasig City in Metro Manila and Tagaytay City in Cavite has focused on approaches to national development for nearly four decades now. Others in photo are Dr. Elizabeth Y. Manuque (2nd from left), another DAP vice president; and program hosts Allan Allanigue and Maju Ramos of the Philippine Broadcasting Service. (PNA photo by Johnny Guevarra(
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The Philippine Quality Award (PQA) Road Show for the Public Sector concluded with 185 participants from as far as Pangasinan up north and Zamboanga down south attending the event at Diamond Hotel in Manila.
Officials of national line agencies, government financial institutions, state universities and colleges, local government units, and public hospitals learned how they can implement the performance excellence framework for a citizen-focused public service delivery.
“Sadly, the Philippines is lagging in the global competitiveness ranking,” opened DAP Vice Pres. Arnel D. Abanto. “Using quality management tools such as PQA can help in moving up the ladder toward a citizen-centered government service. As our own Pres. Aquino refers to the citizenry, ‘kayo ang boss ko’ (You are my boss).”
2009 and 2010 PQA recipients, Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), a sectoral council of the Department of Science and Technology, and Mariwasa Siam Ceramics Inc, a leader in eco-friendly ceramic tiles, shared respectively their best practices and experiences in their quest for quality improvement.
PCARRD applied for the PQA to objectively examine its strengths and weaknesses and adopt programs and strategies that address the opportunities for improvement. According to PCCARD, their current quality system enables superior performance that is comparable to world-class standards. Mariwasa, on the other hand, conducts business while balancing the “triple bottom line” pertaining to economy, society, and environment.
In addition, DAP Senior Vice Pres. for Programs Magdalena L. Mendoza cited countries like Canada, New Zealand, and Korea that the Philippines can consider as models in providing efficient government service.
She said, “Pursuing productivity and innovation in public service eliminates corruption, allows greater decentralization, and leads to programs that are more responsive and effective. This gives taxpayers value for their contributions.”
The PQA Road Show for the Public Sector is a joint project of the Development Academy of the Philippines and Department of Trade and Industry. To know more about the PQA program, call Claire Culanag at 6312137 or 56 or email email@example.com.
In photo are (from left) PCARRD’s Richard M. Juanillo receiving a token of appreciation from DTI-CIC Exec. Dir. Virgilio P. Fulgencio. Beside him are DAP Senior Vice Pres. for Programs Magdalena L. Mendoza and DAP Vice Pres. Arnel D. Abanto.
MANILA, Apr. 7 (PIA) — DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson has reported the Department’s gains in its Performance Governance System (PGS) road map and balanced score card under the Millenium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) program in achieving national competitiveness, economic growth, good governance, and human development.
Secretary Singson urged DPWH officials and employees to toe the line and to veer away from the “business as usual” way of implementing government projects. The performance report, according to Secretary Singson, included the change agenda now being in placed in the DPWH.
The strategic shifts include the involvement of the external stakeholders.
At present, DPWH sees the external stakeholders as partners. The civil society organization (CSO) is actively involved in the DPWH operations, such as in the various stages of the project development cycle from project identification to post-evaluation.
Before, according to Secretary Singson, focus was greatly placed on the physical projects being implemented, called, major final outputs or MFOs at the expense of the supporting elements such as human resources and organization and resources. Now, DPWH gives emphasis to creating a professional people with shared mission and optimization of available resources in an effort to curb leakages.
Secretary Singson also said that a radical shift includes the reactive complaints management system to a more proactive stance through leadership by example, policy directives on transformation framework, and, investigations and sanctions.
With its negative perception of corrupt government agency, Secretary Singson leads in the values formation program within the organization to address the concern in the decline of moral values to a restoration of trust and dignity in public service.
The DPWH is one of the initial identified six government offices to use the performance governance system in doing their mandates. The other agencies include the Department of Education, Department of Health, and Department of Transportation and Communications, Bureau of Internal Revenue, and the Philippine National Police.
The panelists during the presentation of the revalidation report include Matthew Bohn of MCC, Dr. Jesus Estanislao of the Institute of Solidarity in Asia, Ric Fisher of the World Bank, Ambassador Cesar Bautista of National Competitiveness Council, Guillermo Luz of Makati Business Club, Mario Lopez of the Asian Institute of Management, Jessica Gingerich of National Endowment for Democracy, Antonio Kalaw of the Development Academy of the Philippines, and Marivic Espano of Punongbayan and Araullo. (JSL-PIA-Nueva Ecija/DPWH)
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Philippine Vice Pres. and Commencement Speaker Jejomar C. Binay led the 106 graduates of the Masters in Public Management major in Development and Security (MPM-DevSec), a twinning program between the Armed Forces of the Philippines Command and General Staff College (AFPCGSC) and Development Academy of the Philippines Graduate School of Public and Development Management (DAP-GSPDM).
Binay, who is also a Marines colonel in the reservist forces, called the graduates the future leaders since they will most likely occupy key positions in the military later on.
“Your batch represents the best and the brightest. At the same time, you also have the responsibility to preserve the peace and order in the country and even overseas. As graduates, you are now ready to face many challenges. Set aside personal interests, but rather serve,” he said.
Binay also hailed the capability-building efforts of DAP. He handed the academic awards to LTC Monico Abang PA (gold), LTC Omar Tonsay PN (M) and LTC Armand Arevalo PA (silver), and LTC Lenart Lelina PA, LTC Ted Dumosmog PA, LTC Vincent Iringan PA, LTC Fernyl Buca PAF, LTC Cerilo Balaoro Jr. PA, and LTC Rene Raoul Rommel Honasan PAF (bronze) at the AFP Theater.
The 44-unit course includes a 6-unit Action Plan and Project (APP), which is the equivalent of a master’s thesis. This year’s best APPs are “Reinforcing the Implementation of the Integrity Development Action Plan in the AFP” by LTC Buca PAF and “Philippine Navy Trust Receipts: Expanding its Coverage to Make it Responsive to PN Sail Plan” by CDR Juan Ilagan PN.
MPM-DevSec is a customized program designed by DAP for the mandatory mid-career course of AFP officers. The intensive 10-month degree program seeks to build the competencies of future leaders in the military sector within the overarching framework of development and security.
The graduates – 95 officers and 11 faculty members – bring to 175 the number of military personnel who took the MPM-DevSec course. The first batch, which finished in March 2010, consisted of 69 graduates.
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