MMC 15 launches batch name

ENGGRANAHE BATCH NAME LAUNCHSeated from left to right: Sofronio F. Llorin, Ermarie Mondejar (Director, DAPCC-Tagaytay), Arsenia Gavero (Class Director, MMC 15), Monina De Armas (Academy Registrar), Dr. Orly Mercado (Dean, DAP Graduate School), and Nanette C. Caparros (Managing Director, PMDP). The 26 members of MMC 15, Enggranahe, proudly stand behind while holding symbols of their chosen batch name.

The Public Management Development Program’s (PMDP’s) Middle Managers Class Batch 15, which opened last July 15, 2017, has chosen the name by which their class will be known hereon as part of their expected output for the module Peak Performers in the Public Sector (PPPS) Phase 1 led by Mr. Sofronio F. Llorin.


We are MMC Batch 15; we are 26 individuals who come from 13 agencies nationwide. Thereafter, we shall be known as Enggranahe, from the Filipino terms enggranahe” or “gir” or kambiyo” or “kambyo”, ang mga umiikot na bahaging mekanikal ng makina. (Mula sa Wikipediang Tagalog, ang malayang ensiklopedya)

We are High Performing High Potential Middle Managers who bring different government culture and whose individual skills complement each other. Like freshly minted gears, we each bring our own uniquely created shapes and sizes, like our personalities, competencies and individual aspirations. We are unique creations but each receives the protruding parts of other gears, efficiently and fitting each other perfectly in synergy. 

In synergy, each Batch Member fervently fosters the higher ideals of Greatness in Public Service to the Motherland. We pursue to answer our identified needs from the different parts of the country and vow to implement change and progress in our fields of expertise. Like a well-oiled machine with different cogs and gears, we will use our combined efforts to simultaneously effect positive change when we go back to our own agencies. We shall be co-creators of the future.

We vow to care and love and support each Batch Member towards achieving each other’s Master in Development Management Degree.

Enggranahe will be a perpetual machine which runs forever maintained by the oil of continued learning from among our own individual experiences and shared values as well as the continued sustenance of knowledge we receive from DAP and other institutions of learning. Above all, Enggranahe looks to the maintenance and intervention of the Hands of the Creator, so that we will be able to perform excellent feats of Progress for the Motherland.

Enggranahe shall continue into being, but in the moment that there is wear and tear—a faithful meeting with the Creator through death—we are ready with different parts, new gears who will enter the system through our conscious effort of teaching, mentoring, and coaching other technocrats who may one day take our place.

We vow to develop our replacements of High Performing High Potential individuals from our own organizations nationwide. Enggranahe, the perpetual machine, will continue in love for the higher purpose of progress for Filipinos. This will be our Legacy.

Enggranahe! Sulong!


The batch logo of Enggranahe, MMC 15.

PMDP holds HR Managers’ Meeting

HR Managers Meeting Photo

The Public Management Development Program (PMDP) hosted the annual HR Managers’ Meeting last Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at the LS Virata Hall in DAP Pasig.

The main objective of the meeting was to clarify the recent change in the eligibility requirements for the Middle Managers Class (MMC) applicable to Batch 16. This meeting also served to reiterate the call for nominations for Batch 6 of the Senior Executives Class (SEC) and provide a forum for the HR managers to voice out questions, clarifications, and other concerns about PMDP.

Government agencies who participated were as follows: Commission on Audit (COA), Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Office of the President (OP), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and the Senate of the Philippines.

The Managing Director of PMDP, Nanette C. Caparros, welcomed the attendees while the Senior Vice-President for Programs, Magdalena L. Mendoza, gave a detailed overview of PMDP to clarify the objectives of the Program and the target participants. “The main thrust of the government is really to choose the high performing, high potential individuals in the middle level,” said Mendoza.

The deadlines for the submission of nominations are September 15, 2017 for MMC Batch 16 and July 30, 2017 for SEC Batch 6. MMC Batch 16 will open on November 10, 2017 while SEC Batch 6 will be on September 11, 2017.

My Sensing Journey in the Island of Alabat, Quezon by Ms. Rochelle Ann L. SanPedro

Our class of thirty-three, called the Class of “Saluysoy” (which means ripples in the English Language), journeyed to Alabat equipped (or re-equipped if I may say) with various academic and theoretical knowledge after an almost five-month residential training on good governance. We were told to keep our senses open — hence the name of our module “sensing journey”. We were also asked to keep in mind our various learnings as we immerse ourselves fully within the daily lives of our host family.
We each travelled to the unknown, unsure of what our ten-day immersion holds. Each of us was assigned to our respective host families, pre-selected by our facilitators but confirmed by each one of us. We were all asked to observe how our host families go on their daily lives; see if our respective agency’s presence is felt in the island; meet and shadow the Barangay council; and, submit our recommendations at the end of the ten-day period of our journey.
I was assigned to a host family living in Barangay Camagong. My host family is composed of Tatay Ruel (the father of the household and the primary breadwinner of the family); Nanay Fe (the mother of the household who does the daily chores, takes care of the kids’ needs and finds ways to augment her husband’s earnings); and, seven kids who were all studying, except for their youngest baby, during the time I first immersed with them. Unfortunately, two of Tatay’s and Nanay’s kids had difficulty hearing and can only communicate thru non-verbal means. I knew a little sign language; and, perhaps this was the reason I confirmed their pre-selection as my host family.
During the course of my stay, I noticed that the kids were all happy despite their circumstance. They were fun-loving kids though their eyes would reveal maturity beyond their years. They all help with the household chores and have deepest & utmost respect for their parents.
Undertaking our sensing journey provided the perfect complement to the residential-phase of our studies. The concepts and principles of good governance were taught through the perfect combination of academic and experiential standpoints. The greatest effect of having been a recipient of a two-prong approach in education is that we were able to experience the “heart” behind good governance and the importance of embracing an efficient & effective means of implementing government-led projects.
Today — whenever I propose, execute or plan a project — I think of the people of Alabat and keep them in mind to decipher if a project/program is indeed worth pursuing.
All in all, while there are still many projects that both the government and community can do together, I know life is getting better for the people of Alabat.
There were few other projects we have pitched-in to the local government which includes the following: a talipapa center where people can converge and sell their harvests and/or creations; more sports/play areas for the youth where camaraderie will be developed; and establishment of cooperatives and more livelihood programs & trainings for women and stay-at-home moms.
The people of Alabat are generally active and well meaning people: they prefer to be part of community-building projects rather than just becoming passive recipients of government support. And this, I believe, offers the critical ingredient for the formula for success and development.
I know that while my host family’s economic situation has improved a great deal, I know that they are still one incident away from sliding back to where they were before. A typhoon, a sickness or some unforeseen event may happen anytime and hinder their way towards financial stability. I can just hope and pray that life will be good to them, coupled with incessant efforts from both national and local governments to ensure that eventually they graduate from a survival mode of living. After all, at the end of the day, all the lectures we gathered from our esteemed professors have the same singular goal of uplifting the lives of our countrymen in various ways and means: government financial support, health care financing, livelihood training and other forms of service.
At the end of the Sensing Journey, the scholars were required to come up with group reports that focus on analyzing social development particularly (1) identifying key social development issues in the community/ gaps in social service delivery; (2) identifying and mapping the stakeholders of social development in the barangay; and (3) identifying community strengths and weaknesses.
An important part of the group report is the proposed actions and entry points focusing on (1) strategic actions that are required to address social development gaps in the barangay; (2) current social development programs in the barangay; (3) responsiveness of the programs to the needs of the people/ claim holders; and (4) recommendations to enhance the social development programs in the barangay.
Among the social issues met by the scholars, as reported by them, includes proper waste management, health and sanitation, and unemployment for which suggested solutions were information dissemination, proper segregation of waste materials, integration of Waste Management and Disposal in school curriculum, and initiating a project on Clean and Green Program. The scholars also reported concerns on limited job and livelihood opportunities, low income opportunities of farmers, and transportation issues for which they recommended solutions like building entrepreneurial mindset of LGUs and for the barangay officials to spearhead MSME Development, actively participating in the value chain focusing on the key economic drivers of the municipality, strengthening the Public Private Partnership, shifting to a market-driven and synchronized high value crop production, increasing farm productivity, and regulating the issuance of tricycle permit. There were also some groups of scholars who particularly took notice of the inavailability of medical supplies, shortage in Barangay Health Workers, malnutrition, unexpected pregnancy, cases of malaria and dengue, absence of school, unsafe roads for parents and children going to school, insufficient access roads, and dependence on chemicals in farming. Their recommendations included the repair and improvement of the barangay health center, provision of needed medical equipment, revival of ‘botica sa barangay’, expansion of Philhealth coverage, feeding program for children, construction of farm to market roads, and conduct of training on Organic Farming.
The group reports were presented to the barangay officials for their reference on their development projects and/or initiatives. While some of the recommendations are “long shots” for the barangays, they were helped with identifying their priorities.


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