ISSI staff attends APO training for productivity specialization
PASAY CITY – To equip skill set and competencies for public-sector productivity specialist, four
government employees represented the Philippines in the Asian Productivity Organization
training on the Development of Public-sector Productivity Specialists on November 06 – 17,
The selected Filipino delegates include Ms. Eden Lanuza, Department of the Interior and Local
Government – Region V, Mr. Erico V. Salting, Department of Trade and Industry – Region V, Ms.
Glenda N. Ibanez, DILG – Masbate, and Mx. Jake A. Villanueva, University of the Philippines
Institute for Small-Scale Industries.
The other participating countries include Cambodia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia,
Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Through the collaboration of APO and Development Academy of the Philippines, the two-week
training program highlighted four main themes including E-Governance, Citizen-Centered
Services, Change Management and Foresight in the Public Sector.
The participants also conducted site visits in the LandBank of the Philippines – Main Office,
Quezon City Government and Philippine Statistics Office (Region 3) to prepare their group
reports and recommendations as application of their lessons in the course.
“Challenge kasi ngayon to public-sector productivity to improve its productivity that is why we
are continuously organizing this type of interventions to assist not only government agencies in
the Philippines, but also government agencies in member countries of APO,” said Mr. Peter Dan
B. Baon, Program Director, COE-PSP, DAP during an interview.
He also added that since the Philippines is the Center of Excellence on Public-Sector Productivity,
the country is expected to be at the forefront in championing this program.
“Part of the success indicators is to have them as productivity specialists who will share the
lessons they gained and projects they started that the next participants could use,” Mr. Baon
The pool of resource persons included Dr. D. Brian Marson, President of Public Service
Excellence Institute in Canada, Dr. Myung Jae Moon, Underwood Distinguished Professor of
Yonsei University, Republic of Korea, Ms. Magdalena L. Mendoza, Senior Vice-President for
Programs of DAP, and Ms. Maria Rosario A. Ablan, Program Director, AO 25 Secretariat of DAP.
After the training course, the participants submitted their individual action plan to map the
programs they will initiate as requirement for their certification in becoming public-sector