Saldiwa XXXVI: Redefining Resilience Amidst Adversity

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The class of SALDIWA XXXVI.  CESB Executive Director Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones (sitting, 7th from right) and Sapian Municipal Mayor Arthur John H. Biñas (sitting, 6th from right) pose with the new graduates of the Integrated Salamin-Diwa ng Paglilingkod Training Course Session XXXVI in the closing ceremonies held on 5 March 2018 at the Islands Hotel, Roxas City, Capiz.

Roxas City, the seafood capital of the Philippines, served as home to the thirty-seven (37) Career Executive Service (CES) Eligibles who completed the Integrated Salamin-Diwa (SALDIWA) ng Paglilingkod Training Course under the Career Executive Service Board’s Leadership and Management Proficiency Program (LAMP) from 18 February to 5 March 2018 at the Islands Hotel. The learners are a healthy mix of government executives from various public sector organizations nationwide, with one coming from the private sector.

The first phase of their SALDIWA learning journey constituted seven (7) modules which provided various avenues for the learners to examine their life purposes and personal roadmaps for shaping their careers as executives and civil servants. As an opening salvo, CESB Executive Director Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones explained leadership under different contexts in her module on Leading with a Heart: Self Mastery as Leadership Foundation. She guided the learners how to reclaim self-mastery with resilience as framework. Using the Enneagram Provisional Type Indicator, Executive Director Allones helped the learners discover their unknown areas so they become more aware of their tendencies and work on self-improvement in different areas. She also capacitated the learners to unleash the leaders in them through developing the four EQ skills; namely: self-awareness; self-management; social awareness; and relationship management. Finally, she shared strategies on how to raise the Adversity Quotient (AQ) of the learners through engaging their CORE (Control, Ownership, Reach, and Endurance).

The learners underwent different skill-sharpening workshops from other distinguished multi-disciplinary experts, namely: Mr. Tomas Alejo S. Batalla, who handled the module on Self-Mastery through Self-Knowledge and Self-Transformation; Ms. Josefina J. Quintana, who facilitated the module on Managing and Aligning Teams for Organizational Development; Ms. Teresita R. Albert, who discussed the importance of Emotional Quotient in her module on Harnessing EQ for Positive Organizational Behavior; Prof. Emervencia L. Ligutom, who gave a substantial lecture on Ethical Leadership and Accountable Governance; Dr. Parkash T. Mansukhani, who showed  the learners the beauty and importance of Mindfulness; National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Rolando G. Tungpalan, who underscored the importance of Managing Development; and Former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary Celia C. Yangco, who lectured on Social Development and the Challenge of Eliminating Poverty.

From Left to Right: CESB Executive Director Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones, Mr. Tomas Alejo S. Batalla, Ms. Josefina J. Quintana, and Ms. Teresita R. Albert.

These modules laid the foundation for the Community Engagement Module (CEM), the learning integration module of the SALDIWA Training Course. It served as an avenue for the learners to validate the lessons, insights, and applications through a five-day structured immersion-engagement in Barangay Bilao in Sapian, a fourth class municipality in the province of Capiz.

From Left to Right: Professor Emervencia L. Ligutom, Dr. Parkash T. Mansukhani, NEDA Undersecretary Rolando G. Tungpalan, and Former DSWD Undersecretary Celia C. Yangco

During their immersion, the learners conducted a field evaluation research in Barangay Bilao to identify the needs and issues of the community using interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies such as focus-group discussions, participant-observation sessions, and structured interviews. The learners were divided into four sub-groups, namely: Education and Human Resource; Public Utilities, Infrastructure, Land Use and Environmental Management; Local Governance; and Enterprise Development, Agricultural Productivity, and Economic Promotion for a more focused research.

The learners used a variety of research methods to come up with fact-based state of governance and well-written reports of recommendation for Barangay Bilao.

The host-families hosted a simple send-off program for their adopted “kamag-anaks” at the end of the immersion. SALDIWA 36 Class President Vladmir T. Mata conveyed his heartfelt gratitude to the host-families for accepting the participants, including himself, to their households despite the fears, apprehensions, and intimidations. He cited the story of Joseph and Mary, who had to knock on several inns only to be turned down and had to settle in a manger to give birth to Jesus Christ. “Lubos po ang pasasalamat naming lahat sa inyo dahil hindi na namin kinailangang kumatok. Buo, mainit, at bukas ang inyong mga tahanan para sa amin. Wala man kaming material na bagay na maiaabot sa inyo, subalit makakaasa kayo na sa bawat minuto ng aming paglilingkod, baon namin ang panalangin na ginagawa namin ito para sa naiwan naming pamilya sa Barangay Bilao.”

(LEFT) Class President Vladimir T. Mata delivers a message of hope and gratitude. (RIGHT) DepEd Schools Division Superintendent Helen A. Ramos bids farewell to her host family.

The learners crafted reports which defined and assessed the state of governance and development of Barangay Bilao. They also proposed strategies, programs, and possible interventions to enable the community leaders to strengthen systems to achieve improved governance and optimal use of the community’s limited resources. These reports were presented before a panel of reactors which included Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Provincial Director John Ace A. Azarcon and Barangay Bilao Chairman Gina O. Yelo. The closing ceremony was also graced by Sapian Municipal Mayor Arthur John H. Biñas who took time from his busy schedule to personally congratulate the learners on the completion of the training course.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Cordillera Administrative Region (DENR-CAR) Regional Director Ralph C. Pablo reports on the state of Public Utilities, Infrastructure, Land Use, and Environmental Management of Barangay  Bilao before (left to right) Sapian Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator Bassanio V. Tupaz, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Provincial Director John Ace A. Azarcon, Sapian Municipal Health Officer Alfonso D. Orosco, Municipal Local Government Operations Officer Josaril M. Villabeto, and Barangay Bilao Chairman Gina O. Yelo.

As a parting message, CESB Executive Director Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones stressed the importance of being open to change. “Let us not let our habitual culture be an impediment to progress and development of the lives of our people and the community”.

SALDIWA is beyond expectation. Coming from a private company, SALDIWA was initially just part of a requirement for promotion. As you progress on the training up to the barangay immersion, you will have a better appreciation not only of the training but more importantly on public service. It provided a wider perspective and deeper understanding of how a public servant can make a difference to peoples’ lives”, quipped Mr. Albert M. Otchengco, Jr., Wholesale Sales Executive from Coca-Cola.