A HISTORIC WELCOME FOR MIDDLE MANAGERS CLASS BATCH 23

June 1, 2020 – PMDP’s first class to undergo flexible learning officially started today, marking another milestone for the Program in the year 2020. The Opening Ceremony, though conducted virtually, maximized alternatives to the traditions observed in the past via Google Meet.
Although most universities and learning institutions still view education as an activity that is most efficiently delivered face-to-face, mass gatherings at this time continue to be prohibited. In fact, PMDP’s Sensing Journey and Foreign Study Mission that previously required physically immersing in local and international communities, respectively, have to be re-imagined in a way that caters to the current situation without compromising the learning objectives. Using available digital collaborative platforms, the PMDP community laboriously re-worked the Program to be able to conduct classes for its scholars from various agencies across the country. Though discussions on adopting virtual learning have circulated in the past with much reservation especially among the higher management, the current public health situation has inadvertently provided the impetus for this transition. While internet connectivity still remains the biggest challenge, PMDP remains hopeful and ready to troubleshoot as the need arises.

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MMC BATCH 22 – UHAY, PART OF ANOTHER HISTORIC EVENT OF PMDP

The scholars of Middle Managers Class Batch 22 – Uhay experienced multiple firsts over the course of their stay with the Program. They were the first batch to have their residential training in Tagaytay interrupted by the Taal Volcano⁠—that erupted for the first time in 43 years. They were also the first batch of scholars whose classes had to be held at DAP-Pasig. This trailblazing chain of events didn’t stop there as the country was suddenly faced with the global health crisis brought about by COVID-19. When the entire island of Luzon was put under Enhanced Community Quarantine, MMC 22-Uhay was faced with the first abrupt halt of all academic activities offered by PMDP. Despite these tumultuous series of firsts, the batch will surely not return to their respective agencies without being part of many historical milestones as well. Traditionally, a closing ceremony is held to celebrate the end of a class’s residential training before entering the rigorous process of crafting and implementing their Capstone Projects. However, given the state of things with mass gatherings restricted under the ECQ guidelines, the batch became part of PMDP’s history as their Closing Ceremony became the first of the Program’s events to be held virtually last May 16th. Thanks to the digital platforms available through Google Meet, the batch successfully celebrated their personal and communal achievements with the Program and were duly recognized for both the patience and resilience they displayed throughout the many unexpected setbacks they were dealt.

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PMDP DISCUSSES PLANS AND MILESTONES, TRAINING PROGRAM FOR LGU UNDER DEVELOPMENT

In the 2nd NGCESDP Inter-agency Steering Committee meeting for the year 2020, the Program’s plans were revisited in order to probe less conventional modalities. Live updates on the current programming of PMDP under present conditions were discussed as well as the status of a proposal for a new program offering for local government units. Based on precedence, the meeting was conducted virtually last June 5th via Google Meet.

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ADMISSION STAYS OPEN, PMDP GOES ONLINE

While the next batch of scholars ready to receive their training, other services of PMDP remain uncertain. Aspirants await advice on how recruitment will proceed with the current restrictions in place. This transition brought about by the current global public health situation has placed questions of PMDP’s admissions process at the forefront of the discussion. Fortunately, with the help of modern advancements in technology that have since become readily available, several online platforms have become usable as media to continue the vital services of DAP’s flagship program.

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PMDP SHIFTS TO DISTANCE LEARNING

With the first confirmed case of the virus in the country reported on January 30, 2020, the Philippines began a major transition in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the rapidly increasing number of cases and the onset of community transmission, the administration placed the whole island of Luzon under Enhanced Community Quarantine to flatten the curve. Originally set to last until April 12, the ECQ was extended until April 30 while selected high-risk cities and provinces, May 15.

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PMDP SCHOLARS, ALUMNI AMASSED RELIEF FOR DAPCC STAFF

January 12, 2020⁠—Taal Volcano in the province of Batangas erupted after showing signs of activity for days. The eruption covered all surrounding areas in copious amounts of ash and the imminent threat of another eruption prompted mass evacuations. Ash rained down the provinces and cities of CALABARZON, Metro Manila and some parts of Central Luzon and Ilocos Region.

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Uhay Sensing Journey Begins

23 February 2020 – The 48 scholars of MMC 22 – Uhay arrived in the small town of Minalin in the province of Pampanga to begin their 11-day immersion with their assigned families to develop their consciousness toward the realities that surround Filipino life in rural areas.

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CSC Chair Bala keynotes the third Phronetic Leadership Class of PMDP

Chairman Alicia dela Rosa-Bala of the Civil Service Commission opened the third batch of the Phronetic Leadership Class (PLC) by challenging the scholars to translate Phronetic Leadership to public service excellence during a keynote message last Monday, February 27. The class is composed of twenty undersecretaries, assistant secretaries and senior directors representing thirteen national line agencies including the CCC, DA, DBM, DepEd, DOF, DICT, DOJ, DND, DPWH, DSWD, DENR, DILG, and NEDA. The participating agencies also comprise the government’s Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and Disaster Risk Reduction cluster.

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DAP-PMDP reaches 1000 scholars milestone

Public Management Development Program-Middle Managers Class Batch 21 President Joseph Richard S. Garay (right) leads his class in welcoming the members of MMC Batch 22 represented by Reynalyn Padsoyan (left) at the opening ceremony for new set of scholars last September 30 at the DAP Conference Center in Tagaytay City. The Development Academy of the

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DAP Fireside Chat 2019 features FOI program

Atty. Tristan De Guzman (seated on stage, left), chief of policy, planning, and support division of the Presidential Communications Operations Office’ Freedom of Information Program speaks before Public Management Development Program scholars during the Fireside Chat 2019 last September 14 at the DAP Conference Center in Tagaytay City. The Development Academy of the Philippines

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