The Department of the Interior and Local Government - Local Government Academy (DILG-LGA) conducted the “Continuing the DILG Change Agenda: The Division Chiefs Forum” held at Sunrise Holiday Mansion, Alfonso Cavite on March 15 – 17, 2016.

Attended by 67 Division Chiefs from Central Office, Regional Office and LGA, the forum was designed to (1) identify specific leadership skills and model behavior that spell success in implementing change; (2) gain insights on the current trends on Leading and Managing Change; (3) build rapport with their peers; (4) create development plans for personal leadership growth; and (5) discuss and update the DILG’s PPAs mainstreamed through Local Governance Resource Center (LGRC).

Executive Director Marivel C. Sacendoncillo welcomed the participants and recognized the roles of the Division Chiefs as the middle force and future leaders of the DILG. Dir. Sacendoncillo mentioned that the conduct of forum is timely to further strengthen the competencies of participants as leaders. She also reminded them that leadership is a continuing and lifelong process and this is just the beginning of their leadership journey in DILG and in their respective communities.

Assistant Secretary for Finance, Comptrollership and Administration Ester A. Aldana gave an inspirational message emphasizing that there are no perfect leaders but these leaders can learn from other leaders. She said that mastery is very important and it can be done by continuous learning. She also challenged the participants to seek change, gain, and share as leaders in their respective divisions.

During the forum proper, Dir. Francisco R. Cruz of Planning Service discussed the DILG Thrust for 2016 where the Department’s programs were further explained in an open forum.  Moreover, guest speaker Hon. Corazon Alma G. De Leon discussed Power 101 (Honesty, Humility and Continuous Improvement); Ethics, Excellence, and Empowerment; and Leadership Style. At the end of the session, the participants were asked to craft their Leadership Development Plan anchored on the Ten Smart Moves.  Hon. De Leon was former Chairperson of Civil Service Commission (CSC) and Former Secretary of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

Another highlight of the activity was the “Pagkilala at Paggawad ng Alampay ng Malikhaing Pamumuno” led by Hon. Austere A. Panadero, Undersecretary for Local Government and Asec. Aldana.  The Alampay ng Malikhaing Pamumuno is given to every Division Chief of the DILG. The Alampay serves as the responsibility to dedicate themselves with all their hearts and honesty, share their talents and lead with innovation, develop timely and quality programs, and be part of the continuous development of DILG.

The green color of the Alampay symbolizes life and hope, self-worth, and community. This also means calmness, creative thinking and good decision-making which are the ideal characteristics of a Division Chief. On the other hand, the bulb symbolizes the Division Chief’s clear understanding and harmonious relationship with others in pursuing and advocating for good local governance. Lastly, the three connected spiral symbol serves as the ignition mechanism for development. As the bulb ignites, the aim for a strong local government of the people, for the people, and by the people can be realized and attained.

The activity ended with the presentation of the Local Governance Resource Center (LGRC) and its unlimited opportunities by Dir. Sacendocillo and Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning by Maria Lourdes Agustin, Regional Director of DILG National Capital Region (NCR).


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