Senator J.V. Ejercito is shown with (from left) Director Gilbert Lumantao, Mary Ann Fajardo, CFG Head Imelda Caluen, DAP OIC Magdalena Mendoza and Sheena Carmina Mateo. (Photo by Dir. Gilbert Lumantao)

Senator J.V. Ejercito will be the mission leader for the upcoming benchmarking study mission to Japan, which will serve as the the third and final component of the Capability Building on Innovative Leadership for Legislative Staff (CBILLS) Program that started with its inaugural batch in April of this year.

Scheduled this coming June 18 to 22, the study mission will be participated in by 28 legislative staffers who will be exposed to the legislative processes and protocols, as well as to leadership models that Japan is known for.  It will also serve as a forum of information exchange where participants can discuss and share best skills and practices while building and strengthening networks and international partnerships with their Japanese counterparts.

For the benchmarking mission, the Development Academy of the Philippines partnered with the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Japan to deliver the five-day training that will employ lectures and actual site visits to their legislative body and public sector models.

DAP OIC Magdalena L. Mendoza, Center for Governance Managing Director Imelda C. Caluen and Director Gilbert E. Lumantao met with Senator Ejercito to brief him on his role as mission leader.  As mission leader, the Senator will serve as the eminent figure of the delegation and provide the participants with vision and encouragement to fulfill the objectives of the mission.  – Sheena Mateo