Integrated Gabay ng Paglilingkod Session 28 held in Legazpi City

17 May 2017

“If you set your heart and vision on something and you strategize, and you actually execute, even if you fall you will still succeed. There is no price to the feeling of victory reaching your goal.”

CESB Executive Director Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones shared this nugget of inspiration to the thirty-two (32) senior government executives from different agencies as the eleven-day Integrated Gabay ng Paglilingkod Training Course Session 28 came to a close last 28 April 2017 at the Ninong’s Hotel, Legazpi City.

During the closing ceremonies, Executive Director Allones also urged the learners to cherish all moments, whether they may be personal adventures or small interactions, because they take part in shaping them and giving them gabay wherever their leadership journey takes them.

Legazpi: City of Fun and Adventure

Legazpi City was chosen as the attachment laboratory partner for the Community Engagement Module (CEM) of the I-Gabay Session 28 for having been recognized by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) as one of the Most Competitive Component Cities in the country for 2016, and for its adoption of the Performance Governance System (PGS), anchoring its plan to transform itself into “One of the Top Five Convention Destinations in Luzon by Year 2020”.

Atty. Alexander L. Lacson, President of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA), introduced PGS as “a holistic and collaborative framework for designing and executing roadmaps to reform and transformation.” He described it as a “good governance tool, the kind that compels an institution to realize its Vision and Mission in the most effective manner.”

On the second day of the Gabay-CEM, no less than Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal presented the developments and innovations that the City went through upon its adoption of the PGS. He highlighted three (3) key strategies towards good local governance: Promoting the Rule of Law; Strong and Strategic Management; and Participatory, Equitable, and Responsive Leadership.

For data gathering and validation, the learners were divided into four (4) study teams. They reviewed and assessed the extent of the institutionalization of the PGS as it is cascaded into the local barangays in the City, making them (barangays) significant contributory factors to the attainment of their vision. The study teams visited 4 barangays, namely: Barangay Puro; Barangay Taysan, Barangay Buyoan; and Barangay Cabagñan.

After a two-day data gathering, the study teams presented their assessments, insights, as well as their recommendations before a panel of reactors, consisting of the City Administrator Carlos A. Ante, City Planning and Development Coordinator Joseph B. Esplana, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Ma. Marlene G. Manaya, City Local Government Operations Officer VIII Elmer M. Villanueva, and Multi-Sectoral Governance Council (MSGC) member Edita D. Batalla, representing the Tourism and Travel Services Sector. After listening to the presentations, all of them echoed the same sense of gratitude as they also learned a lot from recommendations of the learners.

Reinforcing Leadership Essentials

CESB Executive Director Allones facilitated the first session through her module entitled “Philippine Governance and Strategic Public Management”. She expounded the definition of “good governance” in the Philippine context and emphasized the importance of having a sound vision as a key dimension of strategic planning.

As part of the CESB’s commitment to recognize Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and social media as tools that enable innovations and reforms, the second and third day of the training course were dedicated to ICT modules. ICT policy expert Alexander M. Arevalo cleverly utilized appropriate props and music when he discussed practical ICT issues in his module on ICT Essentials for Public Managers. It was followed by a discussion on ICT Project Management handled by Mr. John J. Macasio, a seasoned champion of ICT and a resource person from the United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Center for Information and Communication Technology for Develoment (UN-APCICT). He provided the essentials of project management such as its types, standards, methodologies, and processes.

Mr. Emmanuel C. Lallana, Chief Executive of Ideacorp, clarified the role of social media in the collective steering of society in his module on Social Media in Governance. It was followed by a lecture on Privacy and Data Protection Essentials, in which he offered some tips to develop an information security policy and program that is compliant with the country’s Data Privacy Act of 2012.

On Day 4, Commission on Audit (COA) Assistant Commissioner Elizabeth S. Zosa discussed the fiscal responsibilities of public managers in ensuring that government resources are managed and utilized in accordance with the laws and regulations during her session on Essential Philippine Audit Laws, Rules, and Systems. It was followed by a discussion on the Philippine Administrative Justice System, where Civil Service Commission (CSC) Assistant Commissioner Ariel G. Ronquillo utilized real life cases to fully explain basic concepts in administrative discipline and jurisdiction.

Former Senator Orlando S. Mercado provided a better understanding and appreciation of issues and problems in the policy cycle on his session on Appreciating the Public Policy Process on the 5th day. Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Undersecretary Tina Rose Marie L. Canda thoroughly explained the whole budget process and discussed the legal framework for budgeting on the same day through her module on Budget 101.

Module 10 of the training course was committed to the module on Institutionalizing Strategic Human Resource. Civil Service Institute (CSI) Executive Director Arthur Luis P. Florentin taught the learners how to manage and harness human capital to ensure greater effectiveness and sustainable organizational impact. It was followed by a session by PPP Center Executive Director Eleazar E. Ricote on Public-Private Partnership (PPP), as it is heavily promoted as a vehicle for pursuing a number of priority development projects.

The last module was handled by Atty. Dennis S. Santiago, Executive Director of the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB). He presented the updates of the 2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Republic Act 9184, otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act, and elaborated the rules on the public procurement of goods and infrastructure projects.