The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) is now exempted from the coverage of Republic Act 10149 or the “GOCC Governance Act of 2011,” according to the Memorandum Order 2022-04 recently issued by the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG).

The DAP welcomes the favorable decision of the GCG on its petition to be excluded from the coverage of RA 10149 as this action has strengthened the organization.  As a government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) with original charter (Presidential Decree 205), the DAP is mandated to “support and promote the country’s development efforts.”  Hence, the DAP will continue to exercise this broad mandate as a development institution by carrying out its research, education, training, and consultancy functions.

The GCG memorandum merely highlighted one of the Academy’s functions which is education. It clearly cited the Department of Justice’s Opinion No. 15, s1992, concurring that “education is one of the fields that may be entered into by the DAP in the pursuit of its broad objectives” (emphasis supplied) as basis for its decision, and concluded that the DAP—being a higher education institution that offers graduate and post-graduate courses and exhibiting the characteristics of a state university and college—should be excluded from the coverage of RA 10149.

With this new development, the DAP returned to its original status pre-GCG, and is now again under the oversight and exclusive supervision and control of the Office of the President according to the legislative intent of PD 205.