Performance Governance System (PGS) "Management of Government Offices" - ISA

On Jun 16 and 17, the management committee of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) led by its President Antonio D. Kalaw, Jr. underwent a two-day working session to review its statements of vision, purpose and core values. Their outputs became the basis for a second working session on Jun 22 and 23 where they developed a strategy for becoming the region's recognized "catalyst of developmental change in governance and productivity" by 2030. The participants also worked on the governance scorecard that will measure their journey toward 2030. DAP is part of the second batch of agencies undergoing PGS Initiation.      

On Jun 17, ISA together with the National Competitiveness Council and the Development Academy of the Philippines hosted a cocktail reception for its governance partners from the local governments and the national government agencies. ISA Chair Jesus Estanislao used the occasion to publicly disclose a proposed national governance agenda put together by former senior government officials. The governance program builds on the PGS work done in cities and cabinet departments.  A dozen city mayors, several outgoing and incoming cabinet secretaries as well as the media were present. Media pick ups of the event here, here and here.

On Jun 21, ISA met with officials of the Board of Nursing to agree on a work plan for PGS Institutionalization. The Board has been working on their programs and projects to align them with the Nursing Roadmap. They have contracted a full-time person to man their Office for Strategy Management (OSM) and liaise with the different nursing organizations. They expect to attain breakthrough results in a year's time.  On the same day, ISA met with officials of the Institute of Internal Auditors Philippines (IIAP) to explore details of an institutional partnership. As ISA's partner, IIAP will do the third-party performance audit of organizations completing the PGS Pathway.      

On Jun 23, ISA briefed CIPE Board of Director Michael Hershman on its governance program. On the same day, ISA gave an  orientation to Batangas City who is interested in going through the PGS Pathway. Also on the same day, ISA Chair Jesus Estanislao spoke to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners of the Philippines. He inducted their officers and Trustees for 2010-2011. He spoke on their work on fraud-prevention and its essential connection with good governance. After a short Q & A, they agreed in principle to contribute towards a multi-sector governance coalition that would work with from one to three national government agencies.

On Jun 24, ISA spent the morning with the road and rail agencies of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to assist them in setting targets that will lead to a breakthrough performance in six years. Members of the DOTC Technical Working Group took turns explaining performance indicators that the attached agencies are mandated to own. A similar half-day session took place the following day for the aviation agencies while the maritime agencies had theirs on Jun 28. The outputs of the 19 attached agencies will form part of the briefing papers for the incoming DOTC Secretary.  On the same day,  ISA Chair Jesus Estanislao spoke before various grantees of the Philippines-Australia Program. The audience was made up of LGUs, national government agencies, and select schools. He spoke on HR Practices Leading to Good Governance.

On Jun 26, ISA took part in a strategy review for the City of San Fernando Pampanga. Mayor Oscar Rodriguez presided over the full-day session attended by the entire OSM as well as the city's Police Chief and the barangay captain who has been tapped to pilot the PGS in his barangay. Among other breakthroughs, the latest city scorecard showed growth in local income, improvement in the grade school enrollment and retention rates and increase in the number of middle class families. The group came up with a revised strategy that will widen the scope of the PGS (to include barangays and neighboring local governments) and capacitate the local bureaucracy to deliver greater social impact.       

On Jun 28, the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) had a command conference attended by the heads of all of its attached and sectoral agencies. One of the agenda items is the attainment and disclosure of performance targets contained in the various agency scorecards.

On Jun 29, ISA met with officials of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) to discuss details of a possible institutional partnership. To  better organize the governance councils in the local governments doing the PGS, we are considering using the local chambers to be the default representative of the business sector in the council. This set up can capacitate the local chamber and at the same time standardize the mechanism by which business interacts with the local government. We also explored ways by which the PGS perspectives can be integrated into PCCI's "most business-friendly LGU" award.  On the same day, ISA spent time with San Fernando's OSM to clean up the outputs of the recently concluded strategy review session.