6 April 2017 | By Joana Carla D. Mance and Jose P. Gantiga, Jr.

The Career Executive Service Board (CESB) took a step back from work-related pressures during the Annual Retreat and Wellness Training last 28 to 30 March 2017 at the Sinagtala Farm Resort and Adventure Park in Orani, Bataan.

In an effort to compliment the popular adage: “a happy employee is a productive employee,” the CESBies led by Executive Director Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones, CESO I, are continuously finding ways to strike a comfortable state of equilibrium between work and life balance. This year’s theme: YES Retreat! YES Surrender!, recognizes that taking a step back through introspection of oneself can empower an individual to assess, strategize and plan for a bigger, better and bolder future may it be for his/her career or life goals.

Ms. Ensha A. Ancheta, a “Manghihilot” by vocation, owner of Ensha Wellness Therapy Center and this year’s Retreat and Wellness Training Speaker-Facilitator, discussed enlightening topics about caring for one’s self, such as the different types of bodies within us, the magic of de-cluttering, the ways to cleanse the body from unnecessary energy through meditation and setting personal sails and directions.

In an activity, everyone was asked to share their passion in life, what makes them tick or what gives them that elusive “kilig” sensation when they are engaged into doing that activity.

Finance and Administrative Division (FAD) Chief Jocelyn P. Lachica shared that although she still hasn’t started yet, she would really love to learn how to play the saxophone because it would make her feel empowered and happy. Meanwhile, Policy, Planning, and Legal Division (PPLD) Supervising Personnel Specialist Romil F. Tuando said that his passion was to “try new and different things” every time he had the chance because it was hard for him to only think of one definite act.

Hearing each and every “hidden” passion of CESBies, Ms. Ensha advised everyone to “always make time to do the things you love and to never lose sight of it.” Through this simple activity, the CESBies were reacquainted with their own personal passions and as a bonus, were treated to take a glimpse of that of their fellow CESBies.

Furthermore, Ms. Ensha suggested that CESB can consider having an in-house workshop featuring the different passions of CESBies not only for personal reinforcement but also to promote deeper relationship between fellow CESBies.

Apart from rediscovering each CESBies’ passion, Ms. Ensha helped everyone experience meditation by reconnecting oneself to the Universe though Nature. The venue provided aplenty of Nature to go around each and every CESBie to use as a medium to reconnect. This experiential activity as shared by Performance Management and Assistance Division (PMAD) Chief Ma. Filipina R. Azanza provided her a sense of levitation during the meditation.

“Govern your life and love yourself first,” was one of Ms. Ensha’s ultimate pieces of advice to everybody.

At the end of the retreat and wellness training, everyone became more conscious of their physical, emotional, mental, and auric needs. In a way, self-reflection and self-realization helped CESBies feel more empowered and energized to resume their respective work-life realities.

During the last day of the program, Reverend Father Noel C. Nuguid of St. Joseph the Worker Parish of Cabcaben, Mariveles, Bataan, officiated a Thanksgiving Mass to further nourish the CESBies spiritual health. During his homily, Fr. Nuguid cautioned everyone the dangers of boxing oneself, others, and God based solely on their personal experiences and biases, this he said, opposes how God created each and every one of His child, a universe of possibilities.

Overall, Eligibility and Rank Appointment Division Supervising Personnel Ercee M. Capati shared that the program made her aware of the positive energy surrounding her and taught her to deal with negativity with a positive outlook in life. The venue, she said, was a perfect backdrop to the program as it provided a probinsya-like atmosphere of seclusion and inclusion.