Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno delivered a short but stirring message to participants of the 2nd Public Management Development Program (PMDP) Leadership Conference held last September 1 and 2 at the Development Academy of the Philippines Conference Center in Tagaytay City, saying that the program's alumni play an important part in developing the country through the leadership role they were trained to assume.
Addressing an audience of almost 300 public managers and executives, Diokno talked about the formidable task of carrying out the promise of a better Philippines in which the high-performing and high-potential PMDP alumni are expected to do their share.
"Being among the most experienced, most well-trained (people) with the greatest potential in the public sector, so much is expected of you," he said. He urged the alumni to keep up the good work they are doing in their respective agencies and challenged them to do better in the job of national development.
Many development areas needing work
Diokno, who has been involved in major policy reforms in the Philippines, enumerated the many areas of development that the country still needs to work on, particularly in employment where it stands to have the highest unemployment rate in Southeast Asia at 18 percent. He went on to say that much work is needed to improve the country's public infrastructure, health and education.
He described the country's high incidence of crime, corruption, and drugs as "staggering" and said that social justice is wanting. He expressed confidence though that the "strong leadership" of the current administration will steer the country in the direction of change.
He emphasized, however, that since transformation is not the job of just one person and cannot be done overnight, the important role of public sector managers and executives as major partners of change is more highlighted. He invited everyone to "hold your end of the bargain in this joint enterprise."
Transformative and strategic leaders
Diokno said that he shares the PMDP's vision to produce transformative and strategic leaders in public service who are dedicated and honest, and that there is no room for laggards, procrastinators, and incompetents there. He declared that mediocrity will only slow the country down as he assured everyone that good performance will be justly compensated through salary standardization reforms, maintaining the performance-based incentive scheme, and implementing tax adjustments that are fair and competitive with the Philippines' neighboring ASEAN countries.
"I see the promise of a good life as a long journey," he said while reminding everyone that the change promised by President Rodrigo Duterte requires competent and dedicated leaders who are willing to do the necessary work towards the administration's "lofty vision of a safer, peaceful, more compassionate, fairer, more beautiful, more prosperous" Philippines. Such leaders are what the PMDP hoped to have formed in the almost 500 graduates of the program.
PMDP accepting nominations
The PMDP is an intensive, multi-modal training program that aims to produce a corps of public managers that embody competence, integrity and commitment. It is the Philippine government's Career Executive Service Development Program that is being overseen by a steering committee composed of the National Economic and Development Authority, the Department of Budget and Management, the Department of Finance, the Civil Service Commission, and the Career Executive Service Board. The implementing agency of the PMDP is the DAP.
The PMDP is now accepting nominations for Batches 14 and 15 of the Middle Managers' Class opening on February 17, 2017 and April 28, 2017, respectively
Source: Philippine Information Agency