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Posted on Tuesday | December 01, 2021

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed on 05 and 09 November 2021 appointments to Career Executive Service (CES) ranks of 10 career officers, bringing the total to 32 CESO Rank appointments issued this year.



Posted on Tuesday | November 16, 2021

Samuel Kim might be of South Korean origin, but the Philippines will always be his second home, having spent 10 years here due to his parents’ humanitarian work, and it brought him great pleasure to share a few key insights on leadership gained in his years studying at Harvard University and as the Founding President of the Center for Asia Leadership, which will be outlined here



Posted on Monday | November 15, 2021

They come from all over the archipelago and work for agencies that are as diverse as their backgrounds, but one thing that all 79 graduates of the Career Executive Service (CES) Leadership and Management Proficiency Program or LAMPP in 2021 have in common is the determination to face their challenges squarely and make the best out of a difficult situation. It is only fitting therefore that this year’s batch of graduates are honored during day 2 of CESCON 2021, in an event that celebrates resilience, courage, and agility.



Posted on Saturday | November 13, 2021

CESB Executive Director Maria Marcy Cosare-Ballesteros led a touching tribute to CES Governing Board and Civil Service Commission Chairperson Alicia Dela Rosa-Bala, whose fixed term is ending in February next year. The surprise tribute happened during the closing ceremony of this year’s CES Lifelong Learning for Leadership Congress or CESCON 2021.



Posted on Saturday | November 13, 2021

Resilient. Courageous. Agile. These are the qualities that describe the kind of leadership that is ready and able to tackle the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. These are the very same qualities that characterize the 2020 finalists of the Presidential Gawad CES, who were conferred with the honor by President Rodrigo Duterte himself on the closing ceremony of the 2021 CES Lifelong Learning for Leadership Congress or CESCON 2021.



Posted on Saturday | November 13, 2021

From tips on how to better organize your WFH or work-from-home space, to a discussion on how to generate ideas via design thinking, the multi-track session on building future-proof skills held on Day 4 of CESCON 2021 provided its participants with a wealth of insights on the skill sets that are essential to navigate the present governance terrain that is defined by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.



Posted on Saturday | November 13, 2021

“Hope is not a strategy,” remarked David Hardoon, Managing Director of Aboitiz Data Innovation and Senior Advisor at Union Bank of the Philippines, at the beginning of his talk. While hope is something sorely needed in these challenging times, Mr. Hardoon goes on to talk about valid strategies that can help organizations leverage data science to the benefit of all, which itself is a source of hope. Before continuing, he prefaced that despite the benefits of data science and artificial intelligence, it must still fit within the context of an organization’s culture.



Posted on Monday | November 15, 2021

Since the beginning of CESCON 2021, various speakers have talked about the importance of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in creating an effective government that is agile in dealing with any challenge. In the opening moments of the final day, Aboitiz Equity Ventures President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Sabin M. Aboitiz shared concrete examples of how his organization was able to use data science to transform his organization.



Posted on Thursday | November 11, 2021

Here’s what to expect tomorrow, November 12, 2021, Day 4 of the CES Lifelong Learning for Leadership Congress or CESCON 2021



Posted on Tuesday | November 16, 2021

The third day of this year’s CES Lifelong Learning for Leadership Congress or CESCON 2021 saw the CES community pay a kind of homage reserved only for its dearest members. In the part of the program called Pagpupugay at Pag-alala, Tribute and Remembrance, those who retired from the service in the past year, along with those who departed from the same period, were given a solemn tribute.



Posted on Saturday | November 13, 2021

During the first half of her CES Congress Day 3 learning session, Ms. JV Wong, Chief Executive of People Ignite, not only talked the talk, but walked the walk as she expertly guided all the participants through a series of interactive plenary activities that made use of collaborative idea-sharing technology. Every key learning that flashed on the screen or popped up in the chat was quickly spotted by Ms. Wong as she relayed it back to the audience. Even when the breakout sessions didn’t go as planned, she was able to steer everyone back on course by instantly shifting the small group activity into a guided plenary activity.



Posted on Monday | November 15, 2021

In this fast-paced world, the only certain thing is change. Even strategic leadership terminology has to adjust its meaning so that it can remain relevant and useful in any age. Take, for example, the acronym VUCA which used to be the buzzword of leadership programs; it used to just mean “Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous”. That acronym suddenly became sandwiched between the two Ds of the past three years, brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, “Disruption” and “Diversity”, becoming D-VUCAD, a new way of looking at the world that acknowledges the need to have an agile mindset.



Posted on Friday | November 12, 2021

In case you missed it, here is a rundown of the events that transpired on the third day of the 2021 CES Lifelong Learning for Leadership Congress or CESCON 2021:



Posted on Friday | November 12, 2021

Incorporating short ‘wellness breaks’ in your daily work schedule has been shown to be effective in combating stress and in improving cognitive performance at work. In this era of WFH arrangements and of endless Zoom meetings, a five-minute mindfulness exercise could indeed spell the difference between productivity and of experiencing burnout at work.



Posted on Tuesday | November 16, 2021

In case you missed it, here is a rundown of the events that transpired on the second day of the 2021 CES Lifelong Learning for Leadership Congress or CESCON 2021



Posted on Friday | November 12, 2021

What does it take for a city to become resilient?



Posted on Friday | November 12, 2021

How can we remain people-focused in the age of rapid digitization that seems to put technology first over anything else? Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Dr. Rafaelita M. Aldaba presented during her CESCON Day 2 talk, a vision of the future for the Philippines that is gradually being realized and has been opening up many new opportunities for startup companies.



Posted on Thursday | November 11, 2021

“When you open that case folder filled with hand-written notes, I want you to remember that these were written with the blood and sweat of agrarian reform beneficiaries.” It was both an inspiring and sobering line from Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Undersecretary Luis Meinrado C. Pañgulayan during his talk this morning at CESCON 2021.



Posted on Thursday | November 11, 2021

COVID-era QR codes in malls that we scan with our phones and RFID stickers that allow us to quickly pass through toll gates without having to pay with cash -- these are just some of the examples by which digital technology is transforming how we live.



Posted on Wednesday | November 10, 2021

In case you missed it, here is a rundown of the events that transpired on the opening day of the 2021 CES Lifelong Learning for Leadership Congress or CESCON 2021:



Posted on Wednesday | November 10, 2021

President Rodrigo Duterte leads the list of high-ranking government officials and former government executives who sent in their messages of greetings and inspiration at the opening day of the 2021 CES Lifelong Learning for Leadership Congress or CESCON, which will run until Friday, November 12, 2021.



Posted on Wednesday | November 10, 2021

Anyone can become angry – that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, in the right way - that is not easy.



Posted on Tuesday | November 09, 2021

A Filipino fisherman who was recently awarded Asia’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize and a civil servant from a Southeast Asian nation highly regarded for its exemplary COVID response shared the limelight at today’s opening of the 2021 CES Lifelong Learning for Leadership Congress or CESCON 2021.



Posted on Tuesday | November 09, 2021

Sometimes, the best lessons are learned outside the classroom and the comforts of a university. We often equate success and leadership with people who received a formal education; however, as many of us in the civil service can attest, academic achievements and superior intellect are put to the test in the real world. Perhaps few individuals can attest to the power of experience in the way that 2021 CESCON keynote speaker Roberto Ballon, or “Ka Dodoy” as he is affectionately called, can.



Posted on Tuesday | November 09, 2021

Despite being a self-sufficient country that has become a regional leader in terms of business and governance, Singapore prioritizes building as well as strengthening relations, whether it’s among their public servants, or with other countries. Ms. Pamela Lee, in her keynote speech at the 2021 CESCON reminded everyone that we are now living in a complex, interconnected world that requires us to be resilient and agile in order to solve problems. As the Director of Leadership Development in the Public Service Division of the Singaporean Prime Minister’s Office, Ms. Lee had a lot to share about how we can build future-ready public servants.


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