I-GABAY Session XXXI: Executive Learning in an Urban Setting

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“The CESO rank doesn’t reward you with greater rights and privileges but imposes on you the standard of excellence in your performance, confers on you a deeper sense of accountability.” This was the concluding statement of Atty. Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones, Executive Director of the Career Executive Service Board during the closing program of the 31st session of the Integrated Gabay ng Paglilingkod (I-Gabay) Training Course conducted from 9-20 April 2018 at the ACE Hotel and Suites in Pasig City. She told the thirty-three (33) successful graduates that there may be challenges that could pose as  hindrances to their being good leaders, but, they have to face these and continue what they think is good for the whole bureaucracy.

Learners in a group activity find ways to improve and manage Metro Manila Traffic.

Appreciating Public Policies and Processes

The executive learners got a crash course on the nine (9) major policies and processes encountered in government service such as managing organizational planning systems and processes, the public administrative justice system, institutionalizing e-governance and harnessing information communications technology (ICT), strategic human resource management, and public financial management systems reforms. 

The learners were tested on their strategic thinking skills during one of the exercises in the Module on Philippine Governance and Strategic Public Management.

Atty. Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones discussed Philippine Governance and Strategic Public Management. She elaborated on the principles of the management, and the leadership framework, the new concepts and perspectives on how to strategically plan for an organization and come up with the desired outcomes.

The I-Gabay learners pose with Mr. Enrique V. Abadesco, the Resource Person on Strategic Human Resource Management for Public Managers.

Mr. Enrique V. Abadesco, the Director and Chief Learning Officer of the HURIS, Inc. handled the Institutionalizing Strategic Human Resource Management for Public Managers. He presented the strategic HRM skills required for public service managers and provided in-depth ideas for leaders on how to manage “millennials” in the work place and discussed the different strategic thinking tools and skills.

The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) module was presented by Mr. Eleazar E. Ricote, the Deputy Executive Director of the Philippine Public-Private partnership Center who is also one of the participants in the I-Gabay XXXI program.  He discussed the differences between the traditional procurement under RA 9184 vis-à-vis some Procurement Modalities under PPP and its procurement mechanisms.

Dr. Orlando S. Mercado, former Senator and the incumbent Director General of the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA) discussed Appreciating the Public Policy Process. During his discussion, he emphasized that policy makers must have the competence, must be a visionary and have the ability to negotiate and likewise be leaders with character.

Atty. Dennis S. Santiago, Executive Director of the Government Procurement Policy Board - Technical Support Office (GPPB-TSO) passionately discussed Understanding Public Finance and Procurement Laws, Rules and Systems. He elaborated on the various methods and procedures of procurement as well as the accountability and responsibilities of the members of the Bids and Awards Committee.

Atty. Ariel G. Ronquillo, the Assistant Commissioner of the Civil Service Commission, provided a comprehensive discussion on Administrative Discipline, Jurisdiction, Disciplinary Actions, Penalties and Procedures that government leaders must be familiar with.

Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Undersecretary Tina Rose Marie L. Canda gave an overview on the budget process and its execution when she discussed the module on Public Finance, Policies, Systems and Laws for Public Managers.

The module on Fiscal Audit Laws, Rules and Practices was presented by Atty. Elizabeth S. Zosa, Assistant Commissioner of the Commission on Audit.  She enlightened the learners on the responsibility, accountability and liability of government officials on different transactions made out of government funds.

A practical demonstration on Information and Communications Technology on the module on E-Governance for Development was made by Mr. Alexander M. Arevalo, an ICT expert. His visuals made an impact on the learners to better appreciate and be aware that leaders should be up-to-date with technology to be relevant in our fast changing world.

Appreciative Learning through Community Engagement

The I-Gabay Training Course concluded with the Community Engagement Module (or CEM), a structured engagement/field evaluation research exercise wherein the learners are introduced to a model of innovation and excellence program of an awarded organization.

To introduce the importance of the Community Engagement Module of the I-Gabay program, Mr. Rafael L. Coscolluela, former Chairman of the Galing Pook Foundation and current member of the Gawad Galing Pook National Selection Committee, gave an overview on the selection process and awards systems of the Gawad Galing Pook Foundation. They give recognition to exemplary, innovative and outstanding governance programs.  

The learners were grouped into three (3) Study Teams which conducted assessment and validation on the strategic innovations in leadership, governance and development of Barangay Graceville in the City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.  The learners were exposed to Barangay Graceville which was conferred the 2015 Gawad Galing Pook Award for its Outstanding Program in Local Governance for its “Mapanagutang Pamamahala”, a six-point program of the barangay.  Abbreviated as “LET’S GO”, the program focuses on Livelihood, Education, Training, Services, Good governance and Opportunities for all community constituents.

I-Gabay is a 12-day live-in seminar composed of ten (10) modular topics aimed at addressing an executive’s needs to remain effective on-the-job. It surveys the policies, programs and reform initiatives essential in the development of government as an organization. It sharpens awareness and deepens appreciation of the demands, challenges, solutions and options facing a public manager.  It also illustrates a wider, more detailed and sensitive perspective on the environment and dynamics of public sector management around which leadership and managerial tasks and accountabilities are exercised.

The Community Engagement Module or exposure to an award winning good governance program hopes to bring about inspiration to the learners and the motivation to make a difference particularly in harnessing more their capabilities and improving their attitudes to become better leaders in the whole bureaucracy.