The Public Management Development Program (PMDP) of the Development Academy of the Philippines hosted the 2019 Knowledge Co-Creation Workshop of the LEADING Asia Project from July 22 to July 23 in Pasig City.

From middle left to right: Executive Vice-President of GRIPS Prof. Kiyotaka Yokomichi, DAP President and CEO Engelbert Caronan Jr. and GRIPS Senior Adviser Prof. Kiichi Tomiya

The LEADING Asia or Leadership Enhancement & Administrative Development for Innovative Governance in Asia Project is a cooperative research project of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). It is operated in collaboration with Japan’s National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) and several universities from the participating Southeast Asian countries. The project commenced in 2016 and has held seminars, workshops and forums that aim to produce case studies and projects related to public organization development, as well as share the outcomes to the participating countries as their model in creating their respective projects. JICA and GRIPS are PMDP’s partners in its Phronetic Leadership Training for Undersecretaries and Assistant Secretaries.

The two-day workshop for 2019 was led by the Executive Vice-President of GRIPS Prof. Kiyotaka Yokomichi and JICA Deputy Director General Masaei Matsunaga, with GRIPS Senior Adviser Prof. Kiichi Tomiya as the facilitator.

It was attended by fifty-two Phronetic Leadership advocates from participating countries namely Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Philippines. The workshop aimed to surface applications of Phronetic Leadership in accomplished and ongoing projects of each participating country towards creating new knowledge in effective management and development style in Asia.

Representing the Philippines was National Economic and Development Authority Undersecretary Rosemarie G. Edillon, an alumna of the PMDP Phronetic Leadership Training Batch 1, shared how she applied what she had learned on the implementation of one of her agency’s projects’ Understanding Agricultural Labor Migration. She discussed her activity following the SECI framework or Socialization, Externalization, Combination, Internalization. This project aimed to hypothesize the rising employment loss percentage in the agricultural sector. The study presented secured policy recommendations to minimize or eliminate the factors that affect the agricultural labor migration. Among these recommendations are addressing coordination failures between and among government agencies, developing investment instruments, including diaspora investments for agriculture and engaging the youth in farming by incorporating agriculture into the elementary and high school curriculum.

“I will be Mayor for just so many years but I am a Human Being for the rest of my life. Do it not for politically correct reasons but because it is morally correct. Let people judge you tomorrow for what you have done. That way you cannot go wrong”

 – Former Mandaluyong City Mayor Mr. Benjamin de Castro Abalos Jr.

Other Filipino presenters were Former Mayor of Mandaluyong City Mr. Benjamin de Castro Abalos Jr. who shared how he not only transformed the economic and industrial image of Mandaluyong City but also contributed into minimizing some of the country’s leading problems by highlighting the importance of immersion through social relations and continuous research in applying Phronetic Leadership in order to achieve sustained development and

National College of Public Administration, University of the Philippines-Diliman Prof. Alex B. Brillantes Jr. who discussed the background of the concept of phronesis and what it means to be a phronetic leader.

The workshop concluded with a tour to the National Museum of Anthropology.


Admission for Middle Managers Class Batch 22 is still ongoing. Classes are set to open on September 30, 2019. For nominations, send your email to or call (02) 631-2128 / 631-0921 loc. 125 or 0917 928 8623. Visit PMDP’s website at or like and follow the PMDP’s Facebook page at to know more about the program and its activities.