Class of Saldiwa 34 commences their leadership journey in Naga City

06 July 2017

“We can only give what we have. If we have negativity surrounding us, we cannot possibly emit positivity”

These are the words of Mr. Tomas Alejo S. Batalla during the first session of the 34th Integrated Salamin-Diwa (SALDIWA) ng Paglilingkod Training Course held on 03 July 2017 at the Villa Caceres Hotel in Naga City, Camarines Sur.

Mr. Batalla, or “Coach Tom”, focused on the healing of the “past self”. As he discussed the Cycle of Experience, he explained how the participants’ past experiences influence the way they discern and respond to present situations, and how they may change the way they feel and react to certain challenges and circumstances in order to achieve desired results.

Coach Tom also laid out an Individual-Peer Development Plan (I-PDP), which is designed to clarify the envisioned identity or role the learners want to assume to achieve, demonstrate, and promote excellence and quality service as a public sector leader-manager and as a champion of good governance. The tool will require the participants to engage each others as partners who will be tasked to inspire, guide, motivate, and help each other towards the completion of their learning journey.

CESB Executive Director Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones, in her session on “Self-Mastery as Leadership Foundation”, stressed on the importance of the learners truly knowing themselves in order to become the leaders they ought to be. She administered several workshops such as the Resilience Factor (RQ) Test and the Enneagram Provisional Type Indicator to help the participants learn more about themselves.

Executive Director Allones also emphasized that great leaders are emotionally intelligent (has high EQ). “A leader must have the capability of understanding and managing him/herself and acting wisely in human relations”. She shared two (2) EQ competencies that leaders must possess and continually improve, which are: Personal Competence (Self-Awareness and Self-Management) and Social Competence (Social Awareness and Relationship Management).

In closing, Executive Director Allones left the participants a quote from Father Alfred D. Souza, a prominent Australian inspirational writer/philospher: “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

“The first modules were very interesting, my co-learners and I are learning and enjoying at the same time. The topics are very timely and important for us leaders, and the resource persons are perfect,” quipped Ms. Amelita D.J. Ortiz, Assistant Regional Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – National Capital Region (DENR-NCR).

The fifteen-day training course, which includes a five-day community immersion, will also include topics on: Mindfulness; Healing and Learning from the Past; Harnessing EQ for Positive Organizational Behavior; Values-Based and Principle-Centered Leadership; Ethical Leadership and Accountable Governance; Managing and Aligning Teams for Organizational Development; Managing Development; and Social Development and the Challenge of Eliminating Poverty.