PMDP HOLDS PDP ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

The Public Management Development Program of the Development Academy of the Philippines successfully mounted a roundtable discussion on the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) via Google Meet last 9 July 2020 for its eminent faculty pool.

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PMDP ALUMNI CLUB MEET VIRTUALLY

7 August 2020 – The Public Management Development Program Alumni Club officers, together with 11 batch presidents and representatives of Middle Managers Class and Senior Executives Class, convened online for the first time this year for an Alumni Officers Meeting to update the Club’s plans presided by the Club’s President Atty. Roselyn A. Borja.

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PMDP EXPANDS PROMOTIONAL EFFORTS, CONDUCTS ONLINE ORIENTATION

June 26, 2020 – PMDP held a virtual orientation session about its structure and classes via Google Meet as it adapts to the new normal. The online event was initiated by DSWD, one of the national line agencies that has consistently been endorsing staff members as scholars of the Program since 2012.

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PMDP WELCOMES 9TH BATCH OF SENIOR EXECUTIVES

3 August 2020 – PMDP welcomes the pilot batch of Senior Executives Class (SEC) to undergo its new modality. In an online ceremony held via Google Meet, the 29 public servants representing 19 agencies across the country of SEC 9 were inducted into the Program’s pool of “high-performing, high-potential” scholars.

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SECOND QUARTERLY NGCESDP INTER-AGENCY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD

After 8 years of implementation, PMDP asked the Philippine Institute for Development Studies to design an Outcome Evaluation on the program. This was the main agendum during the 2nd quarterly meeting this year of the NGCESDP Inter-Agency Steering Committee Meeting held last 24 June 2020 via GMeet. PIDS President Celia Reyes and Dr. Sonny Domingo, together with their team, presented the proposal to the Steering Committee comprised of DBM Undersecretary Laura Pascua, DOF Director Alvin Diaz, and CESB OIC-Executive Director Marcy Ballesteros, and NEDA Undersecretary Mike De la Rosa, as presiding officer.

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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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