Members of the technical staff of various government agencies that participated in the training on basic policy process pose for a class picture during one of the sessions.

The Development Academy of the Philippines, through its Center for Governance-Policy Research Office (CfG-PRO), recently completed the training of some 43 national government employees on basic policy process.

The three-day training, which aimed to contribute to improving the competency of participants in developing and crafting policies geared towards fulfilling their agency mandates, involved technical staff members and officials of various national government agencies.  These are the Government Service Insurance System, National Economic and Development Authority, Maritime Industry Authority, Commission on Higher Education-Region 6, Tariff Commission, Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Governance Commission for GOCCs, Department of Agriculture, Civil Service Commission, Dangerous Drugs Board, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine Navy, and the Senate of the Philippines.

As part of their learning application, participants prepared and presented policy options on existing problems and issues identified by some of the participating agencies.  These included poor compliance of interisland vessels with the accessibility law, the need to strengthen wealth creation in the country’s welfare programs, the country’s poor disaster preparedness and response, the obsolete rates for official local travels of government officials and employees, and low rice productivity.

Professor Jalton Taguibao, Dr. Aileen Lapitan, Janet Cuenca, Filomeno Sta. Ana III, and Dr. Orlando Mercado served as resource persons during the training.

The CfG-PRO is scheduled to conduct other training courses this year, including

  • Basic Monitoring and Evaluation on September 11-13;
  • Managing the Policy Process on November 20-24; and
  • Advanced Monitoring and Evaluation on December 4-8.

Other courses to be conducted by the same group this year include Survey Design and Administration in Government, and Risk Management Training and Workshop, whose dates have yet to be determined.