The Center for CES Development (CCD) joyously welcomed esteemed new scholars, constituting the 33rd batch of the Middle Managers Class (MMC), on January 11, 2024, at the DAP Conference Center in Tagaytay City. The MMC Batch 33 comprises 47 middle managers hailing from 32 government agencies nationwide, spanning from the Northern Province of Isabela to the Southern reaches of South Cotabato. Marking the first-time inclusion of scholars, the newly inducted agencies include the Anti-Red Tape Authority, Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering, Government Service Insurance System, Institute for Labor Studies, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and Western Philippines University. The significance of this occasion reached a wider audience as it was also live-streamed on PMDP’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

With his opening words, DAP President & CEO Atty. Engelbert Caronan Jr., set the tone for the occasion, offering a gracious and inclusive welcome to all attendees. 

In his welcoming remarks, Atty. Engelbert C. Caronan Jr., President and CEO of DAP, shared significant milestones, including DAP’s 50th anniversary and its endorsement by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. as the premier implementing agency of the NGCESDP. He said that this batch marked the 1,538th peak-performing government leader from 240 participating government agencies nationwide. President Caronan emphasized the unique opportunity, extending beyond technical skill development, stating, “It is about shaping your character.” He urged scholars to draw upon the ingrained values of the PMDP when facing character challenges, preparing them for a subtle yet deliberate transformation throughout their public service journey.

New scholars proudly mount their agency logos on stage, a moment filled with pride, promise, and commitment. 

The event proceeded with the introduction of the faculty-in-charge by DAP Senior Vice President for Programs Magdalena L. Mendoza, and CCD Program Director Sheryl Reyes introduced the PMDP Team. The symbolic tradition of the Rite of Inclusion followed, with each new scholar proudly presenting their respective agency logos on the stage as their names were called.

Joined by Strong 45 – Hinagiban, Mr. Angelo Paolo Aboboto presents a challenge to the incoming MMC batch. 

Taking the stage, MMC Batch 32 Hinagiban Class President Mr. Angelo Paolo Aboboto presented a challenge to the incoming MMC batch. He, along with the Strong 45 – Hinagiban, encouraged the upcoming class to face challenges with perseverance and determination, emphasizing that “quitting is not an option.” Aboboto urged them to support one another, lean on each other, and always choose to be good people as they navigate their journey at the PMDP.

Mr. Melijo Chan, MMC Batch 33 Representative, together with the scholars, responds to the challenge with gratitude. 

Responding to the challenge, Mr. Melijo Anthony I. Chan, MMC Batch 33 Representative, expressed gratitude for the honor and privilege of continuing the legacy of PMDP scholars. He committed to embracing opportunities and challenges with passion, purpose, and persistence, keeping their eyes open to new perspectives, and allowing their diversity and uniqueness to shine. Chan concluded with a pledge to uphold the values of integrity, service, and innovation, and to lead with a profound sense of purpose.

Assistant Regional Director Marie Christine Andaya concludes with a call for MMC Batch 33 to let PMDP share them into exemplary public servant leaders.

Assistant Regional Director of the Department of Budget and Management of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) Marie Christine D. Andaya served as the inspirational speaker of the event sharing and reminiscing her PMDP journey. She shared the time when one module called for them to sing even though she doesn’t have the golden singing voice. She mustered the courage and sang. She said PMDP will guide them to “find that perfect song and let your voice be heard.” She also shared that  PMDP will give you a life-changing experience that will let them discover the true value of humility and compassion in public service.  She ended, encouraging them to, “Let PMDP transform you into the best version of yourself and be the exemplary public servant leader that you are destined to be.”