ATI Produces another PMDP Graduate

Pamela Mappala with her fellow PMDP graduates

Tagaytay City, PHILIPPINES – An organization is simply as good as its workforce. It operates based on the competencies of its personnel, which implies that skilled staff equates to a thriving organization. Hence, to effectively realize its strategic goals, an institution must focus on cultivating its employees’ full potential.

With this principle, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) aims to incessantly develop the professional development of its workforce, particularly its middle managers since they are among the key decision-makers and implementers of its programs and services. One of this is by constantly sending scholars to the Public Management Development Program (PMDP) – a national government’s career executive service development program implemented by the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP). ATI has the most number of scholars sent to PMDP among the agencies under the Department of Agriculture (DA). Just recently, on the 6th Batch of the PMDP Middle Managers Class (MMC), Pamela Mappala, Assistant Division Chief of the ATI Information Services Division (ATI-ISD) successfully earned her Master’s Degree in Development Management with her re-entry project on “Knowledge-based Module Development for the ATI’s Training Services” last July 17, 2015 at the DAP Conference Center (DAPCC) in this city.

The latest graduates of PMDP MMC consist of 38 scholars from 22 government agencies. Majority (27) of them gained their Master in Development Management while nine received their Diploma in Development Management, one received a Certificate of Completion and one received a Certificate of Participation.

PMDP is an intensive program that provides comprehensive and multi-modal learning opportunities for public managers that lasts for about eight months. It offers curriculum for Senior Executive Class (SEC) and the Middle Managers Class (MMC). Both curricula include a residential training at DAPCC on Governance and Development; Strategic Public Management; and Personal Efficacy and Leadership. After this, the SEC scholars embark on a rural community immersion dubbed as “Sensing Journey” and s Study Mission in an ASEAN member country before developing their Policy Paper or Management Case which they call as “Capstone Paper”. On the other hand, the MMC scholars implement their respective Re-entry Projects shortly after their Sensing Journey.

ATI scholars who successfully completed the PMDP SEC curriculum are Dr. Allan Alimodian, then Director of ATI Training Center in Region VI and Engr. Renato Dela Cruz, designated ATI Deputy Director. While Antonieta Arceo, Chief of ATI-ISD; Vicente Dayanghirang, Jr., Assistant Chief of ATI Policy and Planning Division; and Veronica Esguerra, Director of ATI Training Center in Region III were able to finish the PMDP MMC course.