The third batch of the Phronetic Leadership Class (PLC) wound up their PMDP journey last 18 June 2021 held virtually via Zoom. 

The closing activity was formally opened by the DAP President and CEO Atty. Engelbert C. Caronan Jr. explaining that the DAP’s choice of Phronetic Leadership rests on three motivations: (1) Strong partnership with GRIPS, (2) Phronetic Leadership concepts are very close to the Filipino way of doing things, and (3) its emphasis on knowledge management and co-creation which is the most crucial part. Through this program, he hopes that the scholars have come to realize the potentialities that exist in terms of solution generation and knowledge creation. Lastly, he said that a sense of oneness is needed for the people in the bureaucracy where the Phronetic Leadership concept can serve as a unifying principle.

The batch’s co-creation project titled Green Initiatives for the Philippines’ Sustainable Recovery was presented by Climate Change Commissioner Rachel Anne Herrera. The batch named their team as Team “COVID”: Collaboration of Valiant Individuals During Disaster. The co-creation project aims to foster an institutional mindshift for the adoption of green initiatives across government for the country’s sustainable recovery. By motivating government agency employees and stakeholders to “act and think green”, learning and understanding are enriched and the sphere of influence can potentially expand quickly through the stakeholders/sector served and the general public.

After the presentation, DAP Senior Vice President for Programs Magdalena L. Mendoza provided comments on the project. She said that the scholars presented something that is very interesting and meets the requirements of the program. She suggested and challenged them to have illustrations to make the project more exciting. She also commended the project for being very systematic and organized and that it internalized what phronesis is. Most importantly, she looks forward to how they will nurture the project.

NEDA Undersecretary Jose Miguel de la Rosa lauded their co-creation project. He suggested strengthening the communications side of the project. He challenged the scholars to push other members of their agencies and to be a model for them. Lastly, he advised them to be advocates, be the leader that they are, and radiate to other programs. 

The Certificates of Completion and Participation from PMDP and National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo, Japan were awarded to the scholars by DAP Senior Vice President for Programs Magdalena L. Mendoza.

Civil Service Commission Executive Director Arturo Florentin read the keynote message of CSC Chairperson Alicia Bala who failed to join the activity due to health reasons. She commended the batch for completing the program despite the challenges of the pandemic. He recognized that the PLC is unique and now more than ever it is vital. She proudly mentioned that PLC is designed to be more innovative to respond to the needs of the nation and is truly excited for the results of the batch’s co-creation project. Lastly, she said that their journey on PLC and PMDP may be over but their journey as civil servants will continue. 

Class President and Department of National Defense Undersecretary Cesar B. Yano delivered a vote of thanks on behalf of the class saying that the program didn’t just teach them but challenged them. He expressed the class’s appreciation to the team behind PLC for successfully managing the program. They look forward to connecting and collaborate with the first two batches to make a greater impact.

The closing activity was concluded by the class showcasing their batch song which focuses on their co-creation project.