In fulfilling a commitment to provide responsive interventions, the Development Academy of the Philippines has helped the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) to take the initial steps towards making itself a "better-performing institution." The Academy, through its Center for Governance-Operations Management Office, recently conducted a series of activities to help the bureau define its strategic direction in the next six years. One of theses activities is facilitating a strategic planning workshop for the BPI this month in Malate, Manila. Prior to the workshop, key findings and recommendations from the Bureau's Organization Performance and Capacity Assessment Report (OPCAR) were presented to its top management. Dr. Vivencio R. Mamaril, the OIC-Director of the BPI, opened the workshop by encouraging the attendees to take part and join him in the journey of improving the bureau. He asked everyone to be objective and open-minded in dealing with possible developments that may emerge from the four-day activity. Michael Sollera, Planning Officer of the Department of Agriculture (DA), then discussed the current thrusts of the Department and key strategies under the present administration affecting the plant industry. The workshop enabled the participants to revisit the BPI's vision and mission as well as craft its core values statements. Taking into consideration the results of the organizational performance and capacity assessments, they were able to determine their strategic objectives and identify performance measures as well as targets. The workshop was attended by the center chiefs of the Baguio, Guimaras, La Granja, Los BaAos and Davao National Crop Research Development and Production Support Centers; the division chiefs and assistant division chiefs of the National Plant Quarantine Services Division, National Seed Quality Control Services Division, Crop Pest Management Division, Crop Research and Production Support Division, Plant Product Safety Services Division, and Agricultural Engineering Division; and senior leaders of the BPI's Administrative Division and Planning Section.
Source: Philippine Information Agency