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Posted: October 18, 2020

The virtual classes of the first batch of students of the Master in Public Management (MPM) Regular Online officially started last October 17, 2020.

The introductory topics of the first core course, PMC 201: Philippine Administrative System and Governance (PASG), was delivered by the Dean of GSPDM, Dr. Lizan E. Perante-Calina. Her discussion touched on foundational topics such as definition of terms, PAS’ sources of power, desirable characteristics, legal bases, structures and functions, and the role of stakeholders in PAS.

Dr. Perante-Calina also facilitated the discussion on “Leadership and Public Sector Reform”. She emphasized that leadership is a critical handle in designing and implementing reforms in the public sector, and practical wisdom (grounded leadership) is central to effective leadership.

The co-learners, which was a mix of public and private sector practitioners, participated in the discussions with much enthusiasm as they shared their professional experiences and raised thought-provoking questions. The next sessions of PMC 201 will be handled by the Faculty-in-Charge, Dr. Aser Javier, who is co-teaching the course with Dr. Perante-Calina.

MPM Regular Online will run from October 2020 to November 2021.

Posted: October 16, 2020

DAP-GSPDM and World Stage International Network, Inc. proudly present the “NLP Certificate Course on Generative Leadership: The Phronetic Approach to Transforming Organizations”, which will be conducted on November 27-29, 2020, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.


PhP 12,000 for government employees

PhP 13,000 for non-government employees

To secure your slot, please register at:

For inquiries, please contact Mr. Oliver Tan, Learning Associate, at email address and mobile number 09179605313.

Posted: October 15, 2020

October 13, 2020 – Module 6: Strategic Communication Governance of the Executive Course on Leadership, Innovation, communication and Knowledge Management (CLICK) was delivered in an interactive mode by Dr. Joaquin Gonzalez III, Professor at the Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California and Adjunct International Faculty of DAP-GSPDM.

In his presentation, Dr. Gonzalez covered topics on intergovernmental messaging and the national government, effective inter-governance messaging, and whole-of-governance messaging and followership. As a form of peer-learning activity, Dr. Gonzalez facilitated two breakout sessions on money and messaging and message reinforcement. Both received high participation from the co-learners.

Dr. Gonzalez challenged the co-learners to apply the concepts, methods and techniques they have learned so far in the CLICK program in a cumulative manner.

Posted: October 15, 2020

October 12, 2020 – Module 5: Strategic Human Resource Management of the Executive Course on Leadership, Innovation, Communication and Knowledge Management (CLICK) covered topics on Brand Management and Employee Engagement. The discussions were led by the Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. group composed of Ms. Ana Margarita Hontiveros, Vice President – Reputation Management; Ms. Lorenne Anacta, Brand, Creatives and Corporate Communications Manager; and Ms. Candee Lagura, Manager – Performance and Employee Engagement.

On Brand Management, Ms. Hontiveros and Ms. Anacta outlined their presentation by giving a quick review on brand basics and discussed branding in the new normal emphasizing the role of stakeholders, the importance of a medium and the existence of a purpose. Ms. Hontiveros aligned her insights on branding with how its process works with the government. She contextualized on a notion that the government entity’s key mission is to establish trust and reliability in the long run. On the other hand, Ms. Anacta shared that in branding, all elements should be consistent, agile, engaging and authentic.

On Employee Engagement, Ms. Lagura defined first ‘employee experience’ which she related to the journey of the employees from the hiring stage to the exit interview. According to her, providing positive experiences and being optimistic lead to high employee engagement. She then supported this statement by focusing on leadership and how it remains to be a critical factor of success within any agency or organization. In the latter part, she presented the results of the survey on employee engagement which was answered by the co-learners’ subordinates.

The second half of the two-day module on Strategic HR continued on October 14.

Posted: October 13, 2020

DAP-GSPDM and DILG-Region IV-A warmly welcomed the 30 co-learners of the Certificate Course on Evidence-based Policy-making in today’s virtual Opening Ceremony. They were composed of Councilors, Vice Mayors and Sangguniang Panlalawigan in CALABARZON. See More

Posted: October 13, 2020

October 9, 2020 - The fourth module on Digital Transformation of the Executive Course on Leadership, Innovation, Communication and Knowledge Management (CLICK) ended with discussions on Transforming People with the Agile Mindset and Design Thinking Process.

Focusing on organizational transformation, Ms. Michelle E. Rubio, Executive Vice President - Chief Human Resource Officer at UnionBank of the Philippines iterated four strategic pillars that are intertwined: structure, culture, capabilities and leadership. Utilizing the right frameworks and methods, these pillars make up an organization that is agile at scale and digital to the core. Another point raised by Ms. Rubio was that digital transformation is similar with how metamorphosis works - going through massive change to fully adapt.

Building up on digital transformation topics, Ms. Nicolette Syjuco, Assistant Vice President, UnionBank Fin Tech Group and Head of the Xcellerator Program focused her presentation on the design thinking process. She introduced the different stages of design thinking: empathy, define, ideate, prototype and test. During the brainstorming activity, co-learners were asked to share their ideas on what kind of transformation can relieve the pain in existing traditional product services.

Posted: October 12, 2020

October 10, 2020 – DAP-GSPDM welcomed 28 co-learners during the Opening Ceremony of the Master in Public Management (MPM) Regular Online. The co-learners were public and private sector practitioners from various agencies across the country.

DAP President and CEO, Atty. Engelbert C. Caronan Jr., MNSA, gave the opening remarks. The Keynote Speaker, Atty Emilio Benito Aquino, is an MPM graduate and the current Chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission. He shared how his MPM degree has helped his personal development and advanced his career as a public servant. See More

Posted: October 12, 2020

Another knowledge co-creation activity with the Vice Mayors and Councilors of Region IV-A through DILG-Region IV A. Welcome to DAP Graduate School of Public and Development Management!

Posted: October 11, 2020

October 8, 2020 - Discussions on Module 4: Digital Transformation of the Executive Course on Leadership, Innovation, Communication and Knowledge Management (CLICK) continued with esteemed resource speakers Dr. David Hardoon, Senior Advisor for Data and Artificial Intelligence, UnionBank of the Philippines and Ms. Ana Aboitiz-Delgado, Executive Vice President, Chief Customer Experience Officer and Chief Digital Channels Officer, UnionBank of the Philippines.

Dr. Hardoon’s discussion focused on Data Science, which is a complex field. He shared the common grounds and differences between Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning. He also conveyed the importance of adopting Data Science in governments but noted the obstacles that come with it. He accentuated the call to action to operationalize systems, advance services and use the right formula, all of which are important in governance.

Keeping the momentum, Ms. Aboitiz-Delgado brought the discussion on customer experience to a newer height. She started with how curiosity and mindset are linked in order to successfully innovate. She also provided lucrative prototypes and examples to be able to sell the whole experience and concluded with the main message that small things matter. According to her, in customer experience, there are different interpretations and endless possibilities so every detail counts.

It was evident that the co-learners had high interest in the presentations as they enthusiastically participated in the open forum.

Posted: October 9, 2020

DAP-GSPDM will officially welcome the first batch of the Master in Public Management (MPM) Regular Online on October 10, 2020 at 10:00am via Zoom.

MPM Regular Online is a 39-unit graduate program that aims to nurture public and private sector practitioners to become agents of nation-building.

The praxis of public management is emphasized in the program as GSPDM ensures the balance between academic rigor and a practitioner-centric approach. As such, students are expected to produce an innovative, agency-appropriate and useful Action Plan and Project (APP), the thesis equivalent of the program.

MPM Regular Online will be delivered via iGNITE: GSPDM Nexus of Information Technology and Education.


Posted: October 8, 2020

October 7, 2020 - The Executive Course on Leadership, Innovation, Communication and Knowledge Management (CLICK) opened the fourth module on Digital Transformation with Mr. Henry R. Aguda, Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Technology and Operations Officer and Chief Transformation Officer of UnionBank of the Philippines, as the first resource speaker.

Mr. Aguda divided his presentation based on the three digital transformation pillars: people and culture transformation, process transformation and technology transformation. He affirmed that the alignment of these pillars is necessary to map out what to digitalize or automate especially in the government services spectrum. His comprehensive presentation gave the co-learners a renewed appreciation of digital transformation as a strategy.

The fourth module will be discussed until October 9, 2020. It will also include topics such as Data Science, Customer-centric Experience, Agility and Design Thinking Process.

Posted: October 7, 2020

October 6, 2020 - Session 2 of the Executive Course on Leadership, Innovation, Communication and Knowledge Management (CLICK) covered Module 2: Phronetic Leadership and Knowledge Creation and Module 3: Crafting the Policy Foresight Report. See More

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