Re-Entry Project Orientation for Institutional Partners of MMC16 Sangbigkis Scholars

Eighteen Institutional Partners (IPs) from various government agencies nationwide of scholars from the Middle Managers Class Batch 16 (MMC16) Sangbigkis attended the the Re-entry Project (ReP) Orientation held on January 4, 2018, at the Virata Hall in the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) Pasig. They are shown here with ReP Faculty-in-Charge Carmelita N. Ericta, Managing Director Nanette C. Caparros, Program Manager Reina Carmelita F. Young, and other members of the Program Team.

The Middle Managers Class Batch 17 is set to open on February 23, 2018. Nominations are welcome until January 16, 2018. For further inquiries regarding admission requirements, please contact (02) 631-2128 or 631-0921 loc. 125 or 126, or

Middle Managers Class Batch 16 decides on batch name

The Middle Managers Class (MMC) Batch 16 of the Public Management Development Program (PMDP), which opened just last November 17, 2017, has picked the name Sangbigkis by which their class will be known henceforth.

Following is how the class explained the choice, an integral output of the very first module of their Residential Phase: Peak Performers in the Public Sector (PPPS) Phase 1 conducted by Mr. Sofronio F. Llorin.


Middle Managers Class Batch 16 (MMC 16) is a group of 34 High Performing High Potential public servants across 23 agencies of the Philippine bureaucracy, which shall henceforth be known as “SANGBIGKIS”.  MMC 16 is the youngest batch of the MMC program with the mean age of 38, all coming from various fields of specialization and representing different regions of the nation.

SANGBIGKIS” originated from the compounded Filipino words “ISA”, which came from the Malayan word “SATU” that means “ONE”; and “BIGKIS” that translates to “BOND”. MMC 16 scholars possess varying cultures, beliefs and traditions interwoven by the mutual goal of finding unity amidst diversity.   Embodying the values of Integrity, Nationalism, Teamwork, Accountability, Competency and Tenacity, we commit to serve and inspire the community by creating a culture of convergence in public management and leadership towards effective and efficient public service.  We see ourselves as a proactive network of exemplary upright and patriotic world-class leaders and managers, aiming for a synergistic government bureaucracy.

While we differ in characters, preferences and values, we will unleash the peak performer in each individual to give birth to the new breed of leaders in our government through our collective dedication, synchronized efforts and deep passion for public service and commitment. We accept the challenge of bringing out the best versions of ourselves through the Public Management Development Program – to think more strategically, creatively and critically for a more professional and stronger civil service.

As one, we will take each step of this MMC journey together, working with our respective strengths and complementing each other’s weaknesses towards our completion of the program, conferment of Masters of Development Management and be the High Performing and High Potential leaders that our esteemed government and beloved country deserves.

Together, we are stronger!
Together, we are greater!
Together, we are worthy, because we are MMC Batch 16, SANGBIGKIS! Mahusay!

The logo of MMC 16, newly minted as Sangbigkis.


MMC 15 Enggranahe finishes Residential Training and embarks on the ReP Phase

Last December 9, 2017 marked the last day of the Residential Training of Middle Managers Class (MMC) Batch 15 Enggranahe. All 26 scholars finished the 11 modules of the intensive training in the Residential Phase of the Public Management Development Program (PMDP).

MMC 15 opened last July 15, 2017, being the first batch to be launched with the new salary grade and age qualifications for the MMC.

To celebrate their cumulative successes getting through the Residential Training, they held a small Christmas-themed party in which they invited the personnel of the DAP Conference Center (DAPCC) as a show of gratitude for their untiring and gracious service throughout their stay in DAPCC. The class gave out groceries to all the attendees and even held a raffle for them. After that, Peer Awards and Reflection Awards were given to outstanding scholars.

DAP President and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Elba S. Cruz graced the event and conveyed a Christmas message to both the scholars and DAPCC personnel.

MMC 17 is slated to open on February 16, 2018. Nominations will be accepted until January 18, 2018.

16th batch of the middle managers class opened this November

The Public Management Development Program (PMDP) formally opened the sixteenth batch of the Middle Managers Class (MMC) on November 17, 2017, at the Development Academy of the Philippines Conference Center in Tagaytay City. A total of 35 scholars from 16 regions passed the meticulous selection process and were bestowed the privilege of participating in the program or the erstwhile National Government’s Career Executive Service Development Program (NGCESDP). The newest batch of scholars represents 22 government agencies, among which are the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) who sent scholars to the PMDP for the first time.

MGen. Restituto F. Padilla Jr. delivering the keynote speech for the MMC 16 Opening Ceremony.

Major General Restituto F. Padilla Jr., Spokesperson and The Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, J5, of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), was the keynote speaker for the event. “I am grateful to be given the honor and privilege to speak before all of you, public servants who are considered to be the best among the rest. You are the cream of the crop of the country. You will not be here if you are not because your presence here is a testament enough not only to your abilities as public servants in the years that you have served, but also to the kind of public service that you have given throughout your careers in government,” he spoke to the PMDP scholars. He then proceeded to talk of the virtues of public service, his experiences as a public servant, and the realities in the fight against terrorism in Mindanao. He even shared three videos about the armed conflict in Marawi City during his keynote speech.

Mr. Anthony S. Landig, MMC Batch 15 Enggranahe Class President, hands over the microphone to Ms. Jera C. Armendarez, MMC Batch 16 Representative.

MMC Batch 15 Enggranahe Class President, Police Chief Inspector Anthony S. Landig, posed The Challenge for Excellence to the MMC Batch 16, as the tradition goes when welcoming a new batch in the course. In his speech, Mr. Landig said, “We imbibe the culture of excellence and lead in the values of commitment, competence, and integrity. Therefore, my fellow scholars, failure is not an option. The challenge [is] either to maintain the tradition of excellence or exceed the expectations.” His challenge was met with a resounding, “Yes!” from the MMC Batch 16.

Armendarez responds to The Challenge for Excellence posed by MMC Batch 15 Enggranahe.

On behalf of MMC Batch 16, Ms. Jera C. Armendarez, Medical Officer IV from the Department of Health (DOH), accepted the challenge from MMC Batch 15 “We are ready to submit ourselves in order to sharpen us in preparation for an even more challenging work [to be encountered] in the future,” she pledged on behalf of her fellow batchmates.

The Middle Managers Class is designed for “High Performing and High Potential” (HP-HP) incumbents of SG 20 to 24 positions, aged 50 years and below. It is delivered in a five-month Residential Training with working breaks in between, including a ten-day Sensing Journey, and a Re-Entry Project conceptualization and implementation for six months.

Nominations for MMC 17 is now open!

MIDDLE MANAGERS CLASS is designed for section to division chiefs who are intelligent, driven, dynamic, open to learning and show promise of assuming bigger responsibilities in the bureaucracy. They belong to the breed of forward-looking junior managers and leaders who exhibit strength in interpersonal skills and a natural love for serving people.
Candidates should:
– have permanent employment status
– hold positions with salary grades 20 to 24
– be aged 50 years or less
The Opening Ceremony for the Middle Managers Class Batch 17 will be held on February 16, 2018, Friday, at DAP Conference Center, Tagaytay.

Class Address of Jennifer A. Pidor, MMC13 Valedictorian

DAP Public Management Development Program
Middle Managers Class – Batch 13 GRADUATION CEREMONY
06 OCTOBER 2017, DAP Tagaytay


            Distinguished guests, DAP and PMDP officials, the eminent faculty members, agency heads and institutional partners, PMDP alumni, our families and friends, mga ka-balangay, ladies and gentlemen, buenas tardes a todos!

            About 13 months have passed, I felt truly honored to accept, in behalf of our class, the challenges posed by MMC 12 during our gala night. Towards the end of that speech, I said, “with optimistic minds and brave hearts, we are looking forward, a year from now, to celebrate the successful completion of what we are starting today – the graduation ceremony!”

            Today, ladies and gentlemen, I am deeply humbled that I am delivering this address in behalf of the superb MMC 13 Balangay!

            Our PMDP journey was, and still is, really life-changing for all 41 of us. I’d like to compare ourselves to water molecules. Because, like water, prior to enrolling in the program, we were possessed of “suspended and colloidal solids”. We had (and actually still have but not at as glaring as before) flaws and imperfections… we needed purifying. We needed training experiences to teach us exactly how we can improve ourselves and become better leaders, better public servants.

            And just how surface tension allows water to resist external forces to a certain degree, our Balangay Class molecules are also cohesive resulting in our own surface tension, this enabled us to get things through and shoo away those uninvited negative forces. In the same manner that water molecules want to cling to each other, our class, in the spirit of synergy and altruism also stood by each other.

       We covalently bonded that while during the first few weeks of our class, all were kind and nice and polite… then after serious sharpening of the saw, now, almost all of them are competent bullies.  Then, of course, there was the birth of the balangay goons!

           Seriously, ladies and gentlemen, the 1-yr PMDP journey pushed us to our limits and consequently, brought out the best in all of us. There were the highs and the lows of the waves, the challenges were tough and it just got tougher as we went on the journey.  And we are not complaining. Because those difficulties made this little victory of ours – our graduation – even more worth celebrating.

            From being the mere water molecules with suspended solids, we were purified and nurtured. The difficulties and challenges thrown our way served us well. From the liquid state, the balangay class solidified. We turned into ice! … But not just your ordinary hexagonal type of ice. We transformed into the elusive ice xv – the kind of ice that’s solid, super dense, and stable.

           Thanks to the precision drills, the group works, and the dreaded paperworks for they taught us about teamwork and perseverance… they taught us that victory is sweet but it is sweeter when it is shared and sweetest when no one is left behind…

         Possessed of the characteristics of a true ice xv, the Balangay Class is tested to withstand great pressure. We lived by the saying “sleeping is a luxury and eating is an option”. And again, we are not complaining. Because despite all these, we managed to pass our exams and delivered more than what was expected of us and we still made time to socialize, enjoy, and party party! The 5-month residential phase allowed us to bond ionically too that we danced, we sang to our hearts’ desire to the point that some of us found ourselves already on top of the tables and chairs!

          Due to low temperature, the amount of potential energy of water molecules is reduced, causing them to slow down. Just like us, when we were subjected to the several examinations and exercises, we reached the point when we slowed down and others even thought of quitting. I, personally, reached the point when I questioned myself if I can still make it. Not only did I feel deprived of sleep and rest, I also felt homesick. I missed my family, especially my daughter. Luckily, being the ice xv that we were, I received the much needed support and encouragement from my classmates, especially Paris, Asper, Paul, MJ, and of course, my sister from another mother, my roommate, Ate Idang who have since become very dear friends to me.

           There were bad times but there were also the best of times! Indeed, when the paperworks get tough, the balangay gets tougher! True-blooded HPHP, as we call it here in PMDP! The high performing, high potential!

             Looking back, we had each part of the balangay intact! The layag, angkla, kaha, cabrisante, timon, arsia, kamarote and my very own moton! Each part functions not to their own advantage but so that the balangay can sail as one. I saw the true sense of unity as it unfolded. And true enough, we emerged as one – one team. One spirit. I personally witnessed a group of strangers that turned into family- the family we now call balangay- well others prefer it as balangey – for reasons I choose not to mention anymore.

            The bond we developed is nothing short of inspiring. That despite sometimes dark skies and stormy waters, we heeded well the whisper of the winds and roar of the waves, and together, Class Balangay has arrived because together we kept going!

             But please take note, ladies and gentlemen, we did not simply arrive, we are actually reaching a milestone for DAP’s PMDP! After 12 MMC batches, Class Balangay is the 1st batch to achieve 100% graduates of Masters in Development Management! We are making history here, ladies and gentlemen! #luckybatch13, indeed! Like a true ice xv, we remained strong, worked hand-in-hand, and made sure that no one is left out.

            We have so much to be thankful for, here at dap we have received a great education, thanks to our fine pmdp administration, to Ma’am Dedeng, Ma’am Nanette, Ma’am Inday, Raymart and Brian. And all our eminent faculty who molded us to take on whatever challenges come next in our lives as public servants.

            Our 1st week in the journey was already heightened with Prof. Llorin’s opening statement “there must be a reason why this program is one of the activities in your life–that we must find that reason! Har har har”… and our crafting of the team and personal strategic development plans facilitated us in finding that reason! To be peak performers!

                 Looking into development perspectives reinforced the realization that public service is not a joke! Public service is a commitment rather than mere employment. As what Dr. Rivera said, “kahit hindi ka na nakikinabang, you still continue to work for public service”.

             Ma’am Beth Manugue instilled in us that it is not enough to do our best, we must know what to do and then do our best in building high performing organization.

               I thought the accounting for non-accountants with Ma’am Monteza will be as easy as counting 1, 2, 3 but it turned out like it was as complicated as getting the anti-derivative of an inverse trigonometric functions in a calculus class! Buti na lang we have our accountants, Ces, RJ, and Maz who helped us through!

            Then there’s executive negotiation with Prof. Nieves! My batna is only to graduate with a master’s degree, but I received a whole lot more!

            Thanks to Madam Arcellana that today I can correctly pronounce graduation “ceremony”.

            I would like to commend Dr. Nic Agustin for making a highly technical module as project development and management an exciting and motivating learning experience for the batch.

            Mastering public policy analysis with Prof. Edgon is like “a walk in the park but it is in Jurassic Park.” It was really difficult but when everything was done, I say, it was all worth it.

            To live simply so that other people may simply live, as what Madam Corazon instilled in us, is the key message of our 10-day sensing journey. All the challenging, joyful, and humbling experiences I had (i.e., walking/mountain trekking for about 1hr, everyday; squatting on a pit privy with walls covering only lower half of my body; eating “metal”–me-talbos ng gulay; fellowship with my host family and the community) are to be treasured and cherished! It taught me lessons I may never ever learn in the four corners of a classroom. It showed me the value of pursuing and living a purpose-driven life.

            Thanks to Ma’am Bobbie for guiding us in our Re-entry Projects.

            At this point, I’d like to take a moment to remember our mentor who is no longer with us today. Dr. Mely Ancog, for reminding us that collaboration could mean almost everything in governance.

            I’d also like to take this opportunity on behalf of my fellow graduates to thank our respective agencies and the people that have brought us here.

            Personally, I am grateful to the Department of Science and Technology specifically Regional Office IX for sending me to DAP. Special mention to Engr. Mahmud l. Kingking, my institutional partner, Atty. Mario Bravo, my faculty adviser, Sir Martin Wee, and to the entire DOST-IX ReP team for supporting me in the implementation of the Re-entry Project. And of course, to no less than my former Regional Director, now the Undersecretary for Regional Operations, my mentor, my boss, USec. Brenda Nazareth-ManzanoMa’am, thank you for recommending me to this program and inspiring me to reach new heights. I hope that somehow, I am able to return the favor to DOST with this achievement.

            To our families and loved ones, our heartfelt appreciation goes to you. The past 13 months have presented us with a lot of ups and downs and it is good to know that we had our families in our corner, supporting us along the way.

            Special thanks to my family… Benjie – my love, my daughter Pippa, John2x, and syempre si Mama. Your presence today means a lot to me.

            Ladies and gentlemen, rest assured that the learnings we got from PMDP will, like the balangay, continue to sail. And as graduates, we promise to be the water molecules that will allow our balangay to continue its navigation to give excellent services. We will be bringing with us the learnings and experiences to wherever fate may take us.

            Finally, to my dear batchmates, the friendships that we have made here will last a lifetime. Now that we are already graduates, it is time to go back to our respective agencies… and this requires our transformation back to the liquid water that we once were… but this time, with lesser suspended and colloidal solids than what we had before.

            To my ka-balanga/eys, as you embark on your new journey, remember the counsel of the great novelist, Mark Twain, when he wrote:

            “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

            Bon voyage, balangay! Muchisimas gracias a todos y buenas dias! Thank you!


Keynote Speech of DBM Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno at the 13th PMDP Graduation Ceremony

Graduation of the Middle Managers Class Batch 13
6 October 2017 | 2 pm | DAP Conference Center, Tagaytay

Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno
Department of Budget and Management (DBM)

 To the senior officials of the Development Academy of the Philippines, fellow workers in government, the Middle Managers Class (MMC) Batch 13, ladies and gentlemen: good afternoon.

 I stand before you today with pride and joy as another batch of public sector managers make their way into the bureaucracy. Congratulations scholars for hurdling the Public Management Development Program – Middle Managers Class.

 Today, you will no longer be quizzed on public finance and fiscal policy. I don’t want you to relive nightmares of your professors, some of which are my friends and colleagues. Kidding aside, I will momentarily put to rest my arguments for investing in public infrastructure and human capital development. I’m sure you’ve had enough of the economic policy-making in your intensive training modules over the past months.

 Instead, I will talk about two things that bring us together and matter the most. Allow me to address two simple questions: (1) what this degree means to you, and (2) what this program, and you as its graduates, mean to the government.

 On a personal level, this special occasion represents another milestone in your challenging yet highly rewarding voyage. I’m sure the 11-month Development Management Program has been anything but easy. For the first five months of your course, you were asked to stay full-time in a training center ala college dormers and seminarians. This is where you had to learn about the bureaucracy, budgetary practices, economic policies, and other relevant topics in your curriculum.

 And then, for the next six months, you were asked to conceptualize and implement a game-changing Re-entry Project as a reminder that all your learnings must be translated into results. The course sounds neat on paper, but I’m sure that the past 11 months have been a mixture of emotions, good and bad. Hence, all of us ought to be proud of what you have accomplished. Give yourselves a pat on the back.

 However, celebrating your accomplishment means knowing the expectations that come with it. Coming from diverse backgrounds, all 41 members of your batch were meticulously selected to participate in this Middle Managers training program. Some of you here are engineers, while others are lawyers or government technical staff. Some of you are involved in the realm of national security, while others deal with the economy, and so forth. You come from different agencies, regions, and fields of study. But in the midst of this diversity, you were all trained to become well-rounded public sector managers. Being conferred with a Master’s in Development Management means having the technical proficiency to analyze complex issues and manage projects in an effective and efficient manner.

 Beyond the brainwork, it also entails having the soft skills to inspire people to perform to the best of their abilities. Being a manager does not end with the X’s and O’s of your respective Departments, but also requires having effective communication, conflict management, and leadership attributes. A famous economist Alfred Marshall called for the need to have “cool heads and warm hearts”, and his clamor rings true today. We need government workers who have the technical know-how to get things done, yet possess the traits of an ideal civil servant such as integrity, humility, and the passion for public service. So please always remember, “cool heads and warm hearts”.

 As a collective, I also hope that you stay true to your batch name “Balangay”. I can only infer your reasons for choosing such a name, but I think the word aptly symbolizes what we expect from your batch.

 As far as I know, balangay has two meanings. The first meaning refers to precolonial wooden boats used by early migrants that settled in the Philippines. As an archipelagic country, our predecessors naturally relied on these skillfully crafted sailboats to traverse our seas. Balangay boats contributed heavily to the flourishing maritime economy, transporting goods and people in the pre-Hispanic times. In this sense, we are all counting on Batch Balangay to be a vehicle for change and progress in our country.

 The second meaning refers to the smallest socio-political unit in the pre-colonial era, whose name we have carried over in the modern times – barangay. “Barangay”, derived from “balangay”, were independently governed polities consisting of about 50 to 100 families. A local chieftain, or a datu, headed these local communities. The historical context of your batch name serves as a timely reminder to make sure your leadership is felt by those in the lowest ranks of your organization. Middle managers ought to be in touch with the situation on the ground. Being a grassroots leader is integral in succeeding as a manager at the forefront of your respective office’s operations.

 Your batch name – Balangay – has tremendous historical and cultural precedence. As Middle Managers Class Batch 13, make sure to not let it down. You are already off to a good start. This is the first batch to graduate with all members being conferred a Master in Development Management. Keep up the good work.

 Moving on, allow me to surmise very quickly what PMDP means to the government. As you know, it is envisioned to create a corps of experienced and competent public sector managers. It is part of the overall effort to professionalize the bureaucracy, a primary strategy of which is to invest heavily in human resources.

 In effect, the government has invested its resources to capacitate you into effective leaders. You, graduates, will plug the dearth of competent managers in the bureaucracy. This intervention is strictly related in improving the government’s public service delivery capacity. Capacitated personnel will translate into efficient rollout of projects, timely utilization of funds, improved monitoring of beneficiaries, and so on. Scaling this at a national level will improve our chances of providing quality education to Filipino children, better healthcare for the senior citizens and indigent, economic opportunities to laborers and entrepreneurs, and a brighter future for the Republic of the Philippines.

 Despite the resources required for this program, the government decided that it’s a worthwhile investment because the benefits outweigh the costs. This comes with the hope that you, scholars, will be key drivers for us to achieve our socio-economic development goals in the medium to long term.

 Spelled out in measurable terms, this is for the Philippine economy to achieve upper-middle income status by 2022 while reducing poverty to a low of 14 percent. In the long term, it also means providing Filipinos with a “matatag, maginhawa, at panatag na buhay” in line with AmBisyon Natin 2040.

 As middle managers, you are a crucial link in the government’s delivery of public goods and services. I know you understand that there is much much more expected from civil servants than any other profession. A lot of the times, we are the public’s battering ram for their frustrations. Of course, these frustrations are valid. But as human beings, and not mere technocrats, it can be quite disheartening, I know.  Push forward knowing that the work you do, the inconveniences of the day to day, will result to improvements in the lives of so many more people.

 I have worked for the government for more than fifty years and I do not regret any of it. I think you will find wisdom in the Oath of Athenian, a powerful oath of citizenship, engraved prominently in the lobby of Maxwell Hall, the building that houses the Maxwell School Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University where I went for my Ph.D. It encapsulates my own attitude when it comes to the work that I do; it goes:

                 “We will ever strive for the ideals and sacred things of the city, both alone and with many; we will unceasingly seek to quicken the sense of public duty; we will revere and obey the city’s laws; we will transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

 This oath reminds us of our joint responsibility, as citizens, and especially as public servants, to transmit our country, the Philippines, “not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

 Again, thank you and congratulations Middle Managers Class Batch 13 – Batch Balangay!

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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