Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Pres. Aquino attends graduation ceremony of local gov't planners

President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday (March 29) encouraged the new graduates of the Development Academy of the Philippines' (DAP) Master in Public Management major in Local Governance and Development (MPM-LGD) program to work with vigor and passion throughout their careers in public office.

The MPM-LDG, which was funded by the United States Agency for International Development, is a customized program designed for local government unit (LGU) planners from the Yolanda Corridor. The program supported the reconstruction and rehabilitation of various municipalities affected by Typhoon Yolanda and deepened the public management skills and practices needed to move towards full development.

The 148 graduates came from Aklan (18), Antique (13), Biliran (6), Capiz (14), Cebu (15), Dinagat Island (1), Eastern Samar (7), Iloilo (25), Leyte (26), Masbate (1), Negros Occidental (8), Palawan (1), Samar (5), Southern Leyte (7), and Tacloban City (1).

President Aquino said the graduates' entry into the country's pool of experts "will also help give government the capacity to pursue much-needed initiatives".

"You will be able to make a massive difference in the lives of your fellow Filipinos. Your task, at the local level, is to manage all the possible concerns—whether it’s ensuring the safety of the people, addressing their issues on relocation, or planning the construction of infrastructure based on scientific evidence," he said in his speech during the ceremony held at the Rizal Hall of MalacaƱang Palace.

"I am thankful to our partners from the United States government, the Development Academy of the Philippines, and most of all to you, who have committed so much time and effort in the spirit of serving our fellowman," the President told the graduates.

Also present were United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento, DAP President Antonio Kalaw, Jr., and Gloria Jumamil-Mercado, senior vice president for Development Education and dean of the DAP Graduate School of Public and Development Management. (PCOO News Release)

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