Participants in the Leadership Enhancement and Development Training Program pose for a class picture together with former Mandaluyong City Mayor Atty. Benjamin Abalos Jr. (third from left, first row), Mamiko Nakada of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (to Abalos’ left), and Jannis Montañez, officer in charge of the Local Governance and Development Office of the Development Academy of the Philippines (left, second row).

The Development Academy of the Philippines conducted the second course of the Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Training Program for some 18 local chief executives on August 28-30, 2018 at the Citadines Millennium Ortigas in Pasig City.  The course, entitled “Leading the LGU through Knowledge Creation,” aims to provide the participants a good understanding of the dynamic process involved in creating, maintaining, and utilizing organizational knowledge.

The sessions included lecture-discussions on leadership and governance reform, fostering knowledge creation, and practical approaches in knowledge creation in public organizations; the sharing of good practices in leading and managing organizational knowledge creation in the City of Mandaluyong; and case presentations and analyses of the National Statistics Office’s Census Serbilis and of the Municipality of Alabat, Quezon.

The three-day intensive training was participated in by 18 local chief executives from the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.

Mandaluyong City Mayor Carmencita Abalos (eighth from left, second row) welcomes the participants of the LEAD training program for ARMM local chief executives together with her husband, former Mayor Atty. Benhur Abalos.

Among the resource persons who shared their expertise, knowledge and experience were Dr. Lizan Perante-Calina of the University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance, former Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos, DAP Senior Vice President for Programs Magdalena Mendoza, Dean Ederson Tapia of the University of Makati, Sonia Pimentel of the University of Makati, former National Statistics Office Administrator Tomas Africa, and Alabat, Quezon Mayor Fernando Mesa.

Aside from the in-depth lecture-discussions and case presentations, the participants also visited the City Government of Mandaluyong where they were given a brief orientation on the city’s best practices in revenue generation and resource mobilization.  Consequently, they visited the Mandaluyong New Garden of Life Park and the public market, which are among the city’s innovative infrastructure projects intended to achieve development.

On the last day of the training, the local chief executives were asked to review and present their accomplishments as leaders of their respective localities and identify specific reforms or issues that can later be considered accomplishments.  

The third course under the LEAD training program for ARMM local chief executives will focus on strategic management and local planning and is set to be conducted in October 2018.