Philippine Competition Commission Chairman Arsenio M. Balisacan served as guest speaker at the 2017 Hooding Ceremony and Recognition Rights for Graduate Students of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) held on 23 June 2017.
SEARCA Director Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. informed Dr. Balisacan that 48 PhD and MS students from all over Southeast Asia had completed their degrees...Read more
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Source: The Manila Times
23 June 2017
The International Labor Organization is urging the Philippines to adopt an ILO model for skills competency standard in agriculture to help increase the number of farmers in the country, as the average age of Filipino farmers age is now 57.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has proposed to...Read more
Source: Philippine News Agency
22 June 2017
MANILA, June 22 -- The Philippines is urged to adapt an International Labor Organization (ILO) model for skills competency standard in agriculture to raise dwindling number of farmers - threatening food security as average Filipino farmers' age is 57 years.
Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture...Read more
Source: Business Diary PH
22 June 2017
The Philippines is urged to adopt an International Labor Organization's (ILO) model for skills competency standard in agriculture so as to raise the dwindling number of farmers– threatening food security as average Filipino farmers age is at 57 years old.
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Source: The Philippine Star
18 June 2017
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Philippine Department of Agriculture challenged to espouse creativity in gov’t bureaucracy
“Kayo ang boss ko (YOU [people] are my boss).”
How a government bureaucracy like the Department of Agriculture (DA) can translate this touchstone statement of Philippine President Benigno Aquino Jr. into action is the subject of the Eighth DA Lecture Forum held on 22 February 2012 at the DA Head Office in Quezon City, Philippines.
Dr. Rogelio V. Cuyno, international agriculture, training specialist and former Chancellor of University of the Philippines MindanaoThe lecture, entitled “Kayo ang Boss Ko: A Challenge to Creativity of Government Bureaucracy,” was given by international agriculture and training specialist Rogelio V. Cuyno, who is a former Chancellor of University of the Philippines Mindanao.
The DA Lecture Forum Series is jointly organized by DA and SEARCA for DA executives and mid-level managers and professional staff.
Each forum features an expert who discusses new or unexplored ideas and developments in agriculture; and strategic policy, leadership, and management in relation to the agriculture bureaucracy.
“This event is part of our efforts to improve the capacities of DA personnel especially in the area of governance,” SEARCA Director Gil C. Saguiguit Jr. said.
Dr. Cuyno said understanding the nature and reality of bureaucracy will help appreciate what the new administration is up against in its desire to be true servant of the people as eloquently expressed in the statement “kayo ang boss ko”.
“If the bureaucracy is the DA, its given mission is to reduce poverty of farmers and to produce enough food for the population,” Dr. Cuyno said.
He explained that the proclamation by President Aquino that the citizens are going to be his boss reflects a new rationality and is consistent with emerging organizational alternative.
“Since that statement was uttered during the inaugural rites, it can be said that the President intended this to be one of his guiding lights in his administration,” Dr. Cuyno said.
He suggested ways by which to introduce President Aquino’s ethical principle of public service into the mainstream of the DA’s bureaucracy.
For his proposed reform program of change to succeed, Dr. Cuyno said there must be communication; internal ownership; the need for and design of reform must be convincing to people in the DA; a core group and coalition of change champions who will sell, promote, inform, and educate the rank and file and other players in the system; and a monitoring information system that documents activities, participation, and feedback. He added that the nature and content of the reform program will influence the kind of response from the DA personnel. He said there is a need to organize a small, multi-skilled group of people who will carry out change management in the organization and to remove obstacles and inconsistencies blocking implementation of the new vision.
Dr. Cuyno wrapped up his lecture by enjoining the DA to develop a workable plan of reform of the public bureaucracy and presenting a format for crafting such plan.
The lecture series is part of the DA Umbrella Capacity Development Program on Strategic Management and Policy implemented by SEARCA. (Leah Lyn D. Domingo)