The Graduate School of Public and Development Management of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP-GSPDM) conducted the Virtual Graduation Rites of the 15th Batch of the Master in Public Management major in Development and Security (MPM-DevSec) Program last 29 January 2021, 02:00 PM, via Zoom.
This momentous ceremony was attended by MGen Edgard A Arevalo PN (M) as the Guest of Honor, represented by Col Jose Bonifacio F Calub PAF (GSC); Atty. Engelbert C. Caronan Jr., MNSA, DAP President and CEO; Dr. Lizan E. Perante-Calina, Dean of the Graduate School; DAP Academic Council; DAP-GSPDM Faculty Members and Learning Management Team; and partners and guests from the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) and Armed Forces of the Philippines Education, Training and Doctrine Command (AFPETDC). From the comforts of their offices and homes, the 112 candidates for graduation were joined by their families, colleagues and friends to celebrate a treasured milestone in their lives.
Dr. Perante-Calina officially opened the program with her welcome remarks where she congratulated the graduating class on their remarkable learning journey despite the pandemic. She emphasized the importance of leadership, camaraderie and comradeship in nation-building and stressed the intent of the Graduate School to train future-oriented phronetic leaders. She passed on to the graduating class the mission as leaders of the nation to nurture good men and women who will champion good governance. Finally, she congratulated them for allowing DAP-GSPDM to become part of their personal and professional learning experience.
MGen Arevalo’s message, which was delivered by Col Calub, underscored the DAP-GSPDM as its trusted stakeholder and partner in education for almost 12 years through the MPM-DevSec Twinning Program with the CGSC. He recognized the role that the DAP-GSPDM played in helping the students develop their capabilities in managing change, reforming institutions, and addressing human resource problems. He thanked the DAP-GSPDM for another successful batch and praised it for a job well done. He also expressed his desire to see more DevSec graduates and a stronger academic partnership with the DAP-GSPDM in the succeeding years.
The highlight of the graduation ceremony was the conferment of degrees headed by the DAP President and CEO and the GSPDM Dean, together with the Academy Registrar, Ms. Monina de Armas. This was followed by the announcement of recipients of academic and leadership awards. Ltc Ricardo Gary B Garcia III PA was regarded as the Class Valedictorian and recipient of the Best Action Plan and Project Award for his paper titled “The Abrogation of the Philippines-United States Visiting Forces Agreement: A National Security Dilemma”. Four student-officers namely, Ltc J-Jay T Javines PA, Ltc Jerome V Cabigon PA, Cdr John Ronald A Mangahas, and Ltc Michael Rey S Reuyan PA also received the citation of With Honors. The class president, Cdr Luidegar C Casis PN, received the Leadership Award for outstanding leadership qualities demonstrated in the class. Cdr Casis also delivered the class response on behalf of the graduating class.
The CGSC Commandant, Col Jose Demar A Pauly COP (GSC) PA, an MPM-DevSec Batch 7 alumnus, led the public managers’ oath, while Capt Andro Val P Abayon, Director of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Leadership Development Center (AFPLDC), led the Alumni Oath.
The ceremony ended with the singing of the DAP Hymn, followed by the taking of virtual photos. It was hosted by Mr. Desi James Bernardino, GSPDM Learning Manager.
On top of the MPM-DevSec Program is the LMT composed of Ms. Alyn Joy D. Baltazar, Program Manager; Ms. Precious P. Reforma, Learning Manager; and Mr. Christian C. Dolorfino, Mr. Clemente I D. Vergara, Ms. Aya Camille B. Porral and Ms. Nazarra Christia R. Laurel, Learning Associates.
Congratulations to the graduates!