Tagaytay City, Philippines – The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) recently concluded its fifth course on Designing Innovative Projects for Local Government, held on May 23-29, 2024, at the DAP Conference Center. This course is a key component of the DAP’s Public Management Development Program-Local Government Executives and Managers Class (PMDP-LGEMC), aimed at driving innovation in local governance.

The scholars of LGEMC Batch 13 (Bugsay) pose for a class photo with key figures from the Center for Governance: Vice President and LGEMC Faculty-In-Charge Imelda C. Caluen, Local Governance and Development Office Director Jannis T. Montañez, Policy Research Office Director Gilbert E. Lumantao, Program Manager Michelle N. Belga, and the dedicated LGEMC Training Team.

The PMDP-LGEMC Program champions innovative local governance through its three pillars: Personal Efficacy and Leadership, Development and Governance, and Strategic Public Management. It seeks to empower local government leaders with the skills to excel in their roles, adapt to changing and disruptive conditions, and foster best practices and innovations for sustained and improved public service delivery at the local level.

LGEMC Batch 13-Bugsay Scholars: The scholars participate in a writeshop focused on developing their Innovation Project Concepts.

Now in its 13th iteration, the program has attracted 23 scholars from provincial and municipal LGUs across the country, including Apayao, Batanes, Batangas, Bohol, Cagayan, Cavite, Davao de Oro, Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental, Ilocos Sur, Iloilo, Laguna, Maguindanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Northern Samar, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Pampanga, Quezon Province, Romblon, Samar, Sarangani, and Sorsogon.

Vetting Session: Innovation Project Proposals are reviewed by Subject Matter Expert Austere A. Panadero and Faculty-In-Charge Imelda C. Caluen.

Course 5 of the PMDP-LGEMC Program focused on equipping scholars with essential skills in project design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. Participants delved into design thinking principles to ideate innovative projects addressing the unique needs of their communities. By the end of the course, scholars had created comprehensive project plans, complete with necessary activities and resources, aimed at enhancing local government functions and service delivery.

Through the PMDP LGEMC Program, DAP fosters a culture of continuous improvement and proactive problem-solving, ensuring that the spirit of innovation and excellence remains vibrant and robust among LGUs across the nation.

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