Thirty-two (32) Officials Embark on Saldiwa Journey in Tacloban

6 March 2017

Thirty-two (32) CES officials from various government agencies started their 15-day Salamin-Diwa ng Paglilingkod journey last 27 February at the Hotel Alejandro in Tacloban City. This 33rd session of Saldiwa will run until 13th of March.

Salamin-Diwa ng Paglilingkod, also known as Saldiwa, is the integration of two courses of the Leadership and Management Proficiency (LAMP) Program of the CESB. An intensive residential course, it aims to further hone the one’s leadership talents and potential through sessions and exercise that will enable them to “mirror” (salamin) the CES Leadership ideals and deepen the essence (diwa) of leadership and service that distinguishes us members of the CES as exemplars and role models in our organizations and communities.

The opening module was handled by CESB Executive Director Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones and Mr. Tomas Alejo S. Batalla, a clinical psychologist from the Ateneo Bulatao Center for Psychology Services. In a module entitled “Self Knowledge and Transformation Across Time”, Mr. Batalla guided the learners through the process of recollecting their past experiences to help them understand how these experiences affect the way they perceive and react to present challenges and situations. This preliminary session lays the foundation for the learners in charting their personal development plan at the end of the 15-day course.

Executive Director Allones further deepened their quest for self-knowledge and transformation with a session on Emotional Quotient as Leadership Foundation. She discussed the importance of understanding one’s own emotion to be successful in managing one’s behavior (personal competence) and in maintaining a healthy relationship with others (social competence).

The 14 day-session involves modular courses handled by seasoned LAMP faculty, such as: Emotional Quotient for Positive Organizational Behavior to be handled by Ms. Teresita R. Albert of the T.R.A.C. Training Consultancy; Values-Based and Principle Centered Leadership by Ernie O. Cecilia, chairperson of the Human Capital Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines; Managing and Aligning Teams for Organizational Development by Josephina Quintana, a freelance HR and OD Consultant; Ethical Leadership and Accountable Governance by Emervencia L. Ligutom, assistant professor from the Silliman University; and Perspectives on Development to be handled by Mr. Rolando G. Tungpalan, deputy director general of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Ms. Celia C. Yangco, former undersecretary Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Aside from the in-class modules, the Saldiwa features a unique component called the Community Engagement Module (CEM). The CEM seeks to sensitize the learners as public leaders to the development challenges that confront our marginalized communities and allow us to know the aspirations of the people whom we serve.Sensitizing, transforming and inspiring the learners in renewing and affirming their commitment to the highest ideals, standards and mission of public service is the most potent value of the CEM. It also creates a fertile environment, convergent platforms and unique opportunities for shared learning and working partnerships between and among the learners and key leaders/ officials from various local governments; civil society, private sector, non-government and community-based organizations; and the citizens of the laboratory community.

The Saldiwa Batch 33 includes: Catherine G. Allam-Miranda of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) – Region 2; Jenny Lyn R. Almeria of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Region 8; Jerome L. Asuga of the National Police Commission – Central Office; Editha M. Atendido of the Department of Education (DepEd) – Imus; Lucky Siegfred M. Balleque of the Department of Trade and Industry – Region 11; Jose Elmer C. Bascos of the Department of Enviroment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Region 4; Adelina B. Benavente-Villena of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development; Joshua G. Brillantes of the Department of Health (DOH) – Region 9; Gloria B. Buya-ao of the DepEd – CAR; Milo D. Delos Reyes of the DA – Region IV-A; Oscar C. Dominguez of DENR – Central Office; Khalid S. Dumagay of the DILG-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao; Reynaldo V. Ebora of the Department of Science and Technology; Cirio Oscar C. Espos of the Philippine Postal Corporation – Cebu City; Gerundio C. Fernandez of the DENR – Region 3; Maria Dorica N. Hipe of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) – DENR; Joseph Irwin A. Lagura of the DepEd – Region 7; Nelson L. Lasquite of the Naval Installation Command; Ruth Eunice L. Mina of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Central Office; Valter L. Morada of the NEDA – Region IV-A; Martin Porres B. Moral of the DILG – Region 3; Veronica A. Morelos of the Local Government of Cebu City; Orlando C. Ongsotto of the National Meat Inspection Service – Region 8; Golda V. Pocon of the DSWD – CARAGA; Dennis S. Quiñones of the DILG – Region VII; Eriberto B. Saños of the DENR – Region IV-B; Khadaffy D. Tanggol of the Department of Public Works and Highways - Region 9, Jose N. Tobias of the DPWH Region 2; Rosemarie D. Torres of DepEd – Region 3; Gliricidia C. Tumaliuan-Ali of the DPWH – Central Office; Ernie V. Vera of DOH – Region V; and Jasmin C. Zantua of the NEDA – Region V.