CESB and REDIRAS Hold Fourth session of GoVergence in Legazpi City

August 15, 2017




It was a day of partnership and collaboration as the Career Executive Service Board (CESB) and the Regional Executives and Directors Association (REDIRAS) successfully mounted the fourth session of the CES Leadership Conclave. The gathering, held at Hotel St. Ellis in Legazpi City on 09 August 2017, gathered forty-three public managers and HR partners from fourteen agencies in and outside of the Bicol region.

The 2017 CES Leadership Conclave Series with the theme: “GoVergence: Cultivating Exemplary Service” focuses on convergence as a catalyst for sustained positive change in governance. It underscores the need to promote synergism within and beyond the CES Community and recognizes that unique individual and organizational talents and resources ought to be harnessed through partnership, collaboration and cooperation.

REDIRAS Vice President and NEDA Region V Director Agnes E. Tolentino gave the opening remarks on behalf of REDIRAS President and DSWD Region V Director Arnel B. Garcia, CESO II. Director Tolentino commended the bringing of the CES Leadership Conclave closer to the regions thus providing the officials easier access to learning opportunities. She warmly welcomed the participants to Bicol and also encouraged them to enjoy their stay and support the local industry.



Mr. Ernie Cecilia, HR expert with over 40 years of experience and training in human resources management and consulting was the first plenary speaker and discussed “Convergence and Collaboration or F.O.K. U?.” He defines convergence and collaboration, its characteristics and limitations while citing examples from the business sector, the academe and events around the world. The first plenary speaker was complemented by two public service exemplars. DOST Region IV-A Director Alexander Madrigal, CESO III and NAMRIA Deputy Executive Director Efren Carandang, CESO III concretized the topic on convergence and collaboration as it happens on the side of government.

Director Madrigal is one of the 2016 CES Very Innovative Person (VIP) Awardees for spearheading various innovations in environmental protection, disaster risk management, food production, food safety, and enterprise and industry development. His topic on “Collaboration and Innovation: Synergy to Catalyze Positive Change for Service Excellence” focused on the different ways of working together and highlighted the need for a collaborative leader to encourage innovative members and inspire an innovative work culture.

Deputy Administrator Carandang is one of the three awardees of the prestigious 2016 Presidential Gawad CES Award. He is a licensed civil engineer who rose from the ranks and became one of the Deputy Administrators (DA) of the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA). His topic on “Convergence Towards a Geospatially-Empowered Philippines” enumerated the gains of partnership development and culture of convergence as shown by NAMRIA’s successes in its various undertakings.

The last session was a focus-group discussion on the CES Bill facilitated by CESB Executive Director Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones. The discussion aimed to cull inputs from the CES community in improving the proposed bill as it eyes for its passing on third attempt. The participants applauded the fourth session of the CES Leadership Conclave with its remarkable and inspiring speakers and hoped to bring the inspiration of convergence back into their respective agencies through valuable programs and activities.