“Resilience” draws 46 Government Executives in Davao City

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The second session of the CES Leadership Conclave was held in Park Inn by Radisson, Davao City on 5 April 2018, with forty-six (46) delegates from different national agencies nationwide in attendance.

The Career Executive Service Board (CESB) and the Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies in Region XI (ARENA XI) hosted forty-six (46) government officials from different national agencies who flocked to Park Inn by Radisson, Davao City to participate in the CES Leadership Conclave with the theme: “Resilience: Steering through Adversity, Bouncing Back Bravely.”

The Conclave, now on its second leg, focuses on the need to summon individuals from both the private and public sector to restructure and reorganize our good governance systems, and enhance the resilience of our communities in the face of increasingly severe natural and man-made calamities and stresses.

In her opening message, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Director and the ARENA XI Chapter President Ms. Maria Lourdes D. Lim expressed gratitude to CESB for bringing the ‘Resilience’ series to Davao City.  “The Davao region may be considered as a good laboratory to observe and model resilience in public service delivery. Back in 2012, we were hit by a super typhoon Pablo which greatly devastated three (3) of our five (5) provinces in the Region. It costed over 30 billion pesos of damages in the agriculture sector alone. If you have spare time to tour around our region now, you will see how the provinces of Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, and Compostela Valley have bounced back from the havoc brought by this disaster. In 2011, Davao City dealt with a deadly flash flood that claimed almost thirty (30) lives, which prompted our local government unit to enhance its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Program, and invest on preventive measures as well as on state of the art search and rescue equipment and emergency response procedures in order to proactively handle these type of situations. It is with pride that Davao City has led in this initiative. Our 911 services has become a model throughout the country.

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Director and the ARENA XI Chapter President Ms. Maria Lourdes D. Lim welcomed the participants to Davao City.

In the first plenary learning session, CESB Executive Director Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones stressed the importance of financial freedom as resilience essential. According to her, financial stewardship is one of the two most important aspects in ensuring physical health, the other one being energy management (fitness, nutrition, rest). She oriented the learners on the financial fundamentals of having financial freedom, such as setting a goal; creating a financial calendar; checking one’s interest rate; and tracking one’s net worth.

Executive Director Allones shared a simple financial planning process which can help one become financially secure. It involves (1) taking stock of the presentation to know where you stand financially; (2) setting goals and objectives which includes setting priorities; (3) identifying barriers and challenges to financial freedom so one knows what to avoid; (4) writing up the financial plan and (5) sticking to it; and monitoring and reviewing the plan regularly to ensure set goals are being achieved and to determine if the plan needs revision.

Executive Director Allones also gave practical tips on how to budget like a pro and guidelines on how to spend right. “Money is not the root of all evil; the love of money is,” she concluded.

The second plenary session was conducted by Dr. Julius A. Lecciones, Executive Director of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, with his topic focusing on “Delivering Efficient Public Service amidst Adversity.”

Dr. Lecciones discussed the issue on the Dengvaxia vaccine, and the effect it had on him as he was one of the several resource persons being questioned in the Senate. “The outpour of criticisms, the exhausting court hearings, the negative image portrayed on the media took a toll on me. I had difficulty in eating, and I can hardly sleep.”

Through it all, Dr. Lecciones realized that as a public servant, he still has a responsibility to the people, and he has to be resilient. “Being challenged – sometimes severely – is part of what activates resilience as a skill set. The most resilient individuals are not the ones that don’t fail, but rather the ones that fail, learn, and thrive because of it.

CESB Executive Director Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones, PCMC Executive Director Julius A. Lecciones, and DepEd-Calbayog City Schools Division Superintendent Cristito A. Eco shares stories and lessons on resiliency.

Dr. Lecciones focused his presentation on overcoming adversity. “People bounce back from adversity in two ways: they draw upon their internal resources (internal locus of control), and they encounter people, organizations and activities (external environment protective factors) that provide them with the conditions that help the emergence of their resilience. He enumerated the different aspects of the two resources:

Internal Locus of Control

  • Managing strong feelings and impulses
  • Coping with stress in healthy ways
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Feeling in control
  • Keeping a positive mental attitude

External Environment Protective Factors

  • Ask for help and seek resources
  • Social support and close relationships
  • Help others and find positive meaning in life

In closing, Dr. Lecciones encouraged the learners to stand in their faith even when they are having the hardest times of their lives.

DepEd-Camarines Sur Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Susan S. Collano and LTO Region V Regional Director Noreen Bernadette San-Luis Lutey listens to a question raised by PNP Regional Director Manuel Gaerlan.

DepEd-Camarines Sur Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Susan S. Collano and LTO Region V Regional Director Noreen Bernadette San-Luis Lutey listens to a question raised by PNP Regional Director Manuel Gaerlan.

After a hearty lunch, Schools Division Superintendent (SDS) Cristito A. Eco of the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Calbayog City inspired the learners that having limited resources is not an impediment to the development of projects with great impact on his session on “Leading for Change: Championing Innovations for Inclusive Growth.

SDS Eco stated that his motivation for injecting innovation in the City of Calbayog was that change is wanting in that area, and that time is of the essence. The city had poor student participation rate, had high dropout rate, had poor governance, had no enough local resources and had few stakeholder participation.  He set goals for the city, namely: Excellent Service; Culture change; and Outcome focus (ECO).

SDS Eco addressed the pressing concerns of teachers by initiating the information system needs of DepEd-Catbalogan dubbed as the “Enhanced Computerized Office System (eCo System). It consists of separate but integrated application modules that address the unique set of functionality and data security requirements, which include the Basic Classroom Information System (BCIS), Human Resource Information System (HRIS), Document Management System and DepEd-Catbalogan City website. Under SDS Eco’s tutelage, “Building New Generation Knowledge and Attitudes by Raising Advanced and Innovative School Leaders (BuNGKARAS)” project was born. It was under this project that their local school boards were expanded and a regular consultation of the division office with the district teachers, including local barangay officials was institutionalized.

Finally, SDS Eco showcased his passion project called the “Swimming Pool in the Sea,” a convergence program between the DepEd Catbalogan and the City Government. He convinced the City Government to fund the swimming pool in the sea, which now serves as a training ground for young swimmers and future athletes of Catbalogan City.

He ended his session with a quote from Premier Li Kequiang of the People’s Republic of China: “Innovation is an inexhaustible engine for economic development.”

SDS Eco’s session was followed by two (2) CES exemplars who showcased the “Students Today, Road Users Tomorrow (STRUT),” a convergence project between the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Department of Education (DepEd).

Regional Director Noreen Bernadette San-Luis-Lutey of LTO Region V and Assistant Schools Division Superintendent (ASDS) Susan S. Collano of DepEd Camarines Sur conceptualized the project while they were on their Salamin-Diwa (SALDIWA) ng Paglilingkod Training. Both road safety advocates, who have personal experiences on road crashes, share the same passion for the program.

Regional Director Lutey emphasized the importance of road safety consciousness. “The truth is we are all road users. There is pressing need to inculcate road safety on each and every one of us. And what better way to inculcate road safety consciousness than through early childhood education. If we start with our students, with our young, safety consciousness will be instilled and will become a habit. “

STRUT has eleven (11) modules of contextualized lessons, all briefly discussed by ASDS Collano, in six (6) subject areas for elementary, Junior and Senior High Schools intended to integrate, supplement, and enrich the learning experiences of pupils and learners in the Basic Education Program in the Bicol region, namely: Teka Muna, Kaligtasan sa Lansangan; Keep Calm and Be Safe; Defensive Driving; Angkas; Helmet and Safety for Life; Don’t Drink and Drive; Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow; License to Drive; and Eyes on the Road and Hotline.

“Attending the second session of the CES Leadership Conclave is indeed a worthwhile experience. The topics were so informative. I gained learnings on individual and organization resiliency. I encourage everyone to attend the succeeding sessions. It is worth it!”, remarked Mr. Genaro R. Andres of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Region XII.