Friday, June 28, 2013

President Aquino cites the Development Academy of the Philippines as agent of permanent change in country’s governance

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President Aquino cites the Development Academy of the Philippines as agent of permanent change in country’s governance
 June 27, 2013
President Benigno S. Aquino III cited the Development Academy of the Philippines for its innovative, technical and relative programs to support the bureaucracy, saying the agency was a partner of government in effecting permanent change in the way it conducts its business of governance.
In his speech keynoting the 40th Founding Anniversary of the DAP, the President said that these programs have empowered public servants to be effective, dedicated and trustworthy deliverers of genuine service to the people.

“While I may be Chief Executive of the country, it is certainly not within my abilities to personally oversee each and every office in the country. So I must rely on good managers—men and women in all levels of government—who take pride in their jobs and are able to fulfill their demands, towards serving our ‘Bosses,’ the Filipino people. This is where the DAP comes in —through empowering public servants with the added learning, training, and competencies they need to meet their responsibilities,” the President said.
“From diploma courses for intelligence officers, to programs for senior managers and executives, to graduate degrees with specializations in rural development, security, and local governance—the DAP has a wide variety of programs that support the bureaucracy,” he added.

The President lauded the DAP for being an “instrument for others to contribute to sustainable development” and advocacy of his Administration that includes inclusive growth.

“In addition to this, you have also provided technical expertise for a number of government’s efforts, including the Results-Based Performance Management System and the Performance Based Incentive System, and the crafting of Citizens’ Charters for government agencies and LGUs. Over the years, the DAP has truly become an instrument for others to contribute to sustainable development. On this occasion, allow me to extend my congratulations, and thanks, for your contributions,” he said.

He challenged the men and women of the DAP to not become complacent and continually update and upgrade themselves in order to keep up with the times and changing environment.

“This is an issue we must all be concerned with, especially now that things have changed in the Philippines. The world has already acknowledged the sea change in governance—our commitment to fighting corruption, instituting good governance, and rendering true service,” the President said.

“The DAP can help to ensure the permanence of these changes, spurring a virtuous cycle of true public service in each level of the government. After all, the people you educate are involved in the daily operations of government offices, in implementing important projects, and in dealing directly with the public. They are the face of the government; they are the ones who will show their countrymen that things have truly changed in the Philippines,” he said.

“Through your programs, you can foster in them a deep sense of responsibility and service. In this way, long after I step down, government will continue to serve with integrity and pride, and keep us all from backsliding into the corruption and impunity of the past. Never forget that you are an agency of empowerment. Never forget the role you play in strengthening governance—and in so doing, strengthening the Philippines,” the President further noted.

The DAP, a government owned and controlled corporation which was created by Presidential Decree No. 205 on June 7, 1973, is mandated to: 1) generate pioneering, value-adding, synergistic ideas, concepts, principles, techniques and technologies addressing development problems of local, national and international significance; 2) capacitating individuals and development stakeholder organizations in government, the private sector, civil society, academe, and international organizations to perform their respective roles and mandates in development more efficiently and effectively; and 3) promote partnerships and facilitate the integration of policies, plans, programs, and systems towards a holistic perspective, through the conduct of training, education, policy/action-oriented researches, consulting/technical assistance, and publications in good governance and productivity improvement.

Joining the President were DAP president Antonio Kalaw and National Economic and Development Authority Secretary Arsenio Balisacan.

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