23 November 2020 – The Program opened its doors to the 25th batch of the Middle Managers Class comprising of 32 scholars from 17 government agencies. The ceremony was held virtually and streamed on PMDP’s official Facebook page.
DAP President and CEO Atty. Engelbert C. Caronan Jr. kick-started the ceremony with a welcome address and highlighted the value and essence of their being part of the Academy’s pool of government officials on training. He emphasized how their actions can have a lasting impact and can contribute to the greatness of the nation. He therefore exhorted the scholars to open themselves to the competencies and skills development offered by the Program as the Filipino people look up to government leaders to navigate them around living in strange and surreal times and help them survive in a volatile environment.
After Caronan’s address, the Faculty, the PMDP team, and the new batch of scholars were formally introduced by DAP Senior Vice President for Programs Magdalena L. Mendoza, PMDP Managing Director Nanette C. Caparros, and MMC 25 Class Director Ms. Virginia C. Aldea, respectively.
Class President Mr. Raphael Henri B. Mundo of the preceding batch, MMC 24 – Kawayan, challenged the incoming scholars to honor the responsibility that comes with the prestige of being part of the Program. He described the journey as a joyful one and a mixture of hardships, triumphs, and challenges that inevitably tested one’s grit in order to thrive and succeed. Mundo assured the MMC 25 scholars that 6 months can pass by so quickly that as soon as the scholars begin their classes, they find themselves in deep reflection on where they have been, what they have been doing, where they want to go, and what they need to do to get there. Being immersed in the Program might seem exhausting, but not when you allow your mind and heart to align and achieve a renewed sense of purpose in public service through the guidance of competent and caring mentors in PMDP. The most profound and beautiful moments always seem to accelerate and slip beyond one’s gaze and grasp he said and so Mundo urged the scholars to cherish each passing moment.
MMC 25, represented by Mr. Ivan Brian L. Inductivo, eagerly accepted the challenge presented by the previous batch. Inductivo extended his gratitude to the MMC 24 scholars and gave them the assurance that the 25th Middle Manager’s Class will fulfill the promise of finishing the Program. He invited his fellow MMC 25 scholars to heed the signs of the times and to remain confident that this journey will hone them to be prudent leaders and agents of national recovery.
DTI Undersecretary Ceferino S. Rodolfo graced the ceremony and commended the Academy and scholars for pursuing the Program despite the unfamiliar modality. He also affirmed DAP’s and PMDP’s contributions as he witnessed how the DTI and BOI alumni of the Program were completely transformed upon their return to their respective offices. Rodolfo reminded the scholars of their roles as government officials and emphasized their opportunity to develop an innovative and responsive civil service.
The ceremony concluded with a message from the NGCESDP Steering Committee represented by CESB Executive Director Maria Marcy Ballesteros. Ballesteros, an alumna of the Program, reminisced her PMDP experience and described it as a life-changing and important event. She advised the scholars to create and value bonds as these will be of great help in completing tasks. Further, Ballesteros reminded the scholars of the situation that the country is currently experiencing and told them that they are being required not only as leaders who can effectively deliver solutions but also catalyze change and empower the Filipino people.
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