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PIA Press Release
2010/11/09

3 Nueva Vizcaya mayors get Bridging Leadership seminar

by Ben Moses Ebreo

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (November 9) -- Municipal mayors of three local government units in the province and their department heads recently received a Bridging Leadership seminar-workshop designed to bring genuine reform in their respective communities even melting out political differences.

Attended and participated by the core groups of the local government units of Kayapa, Bambang and Dupax del Sur, the Bridging Leadership seminar-workshop conducted last November 4 to 5 was organized by the Asian Institute of Management(AIM)-Team Energy Center for Bridging Societal Divides(TECT), Team Energy Foundation Inc.(TEFI), alumni of the center's programs and the St. Mary's University(SMU).

Town mayors Flaviano Balgos of Bambang, John Balasya of Kayapa and Romeo Magaway of Dupax del Sur led their department heads on the two-day activity at the 2nd floor of the SMU's new building.

Mayor Sonia Lorenzo of San Isidro, Nueva Ecija, also a Bridging Leadership Fellow also inspired the participants by showcasing success indicators implemented in her municipality through the use of BL practices.

The activity was highlighted by a development planning workshop which generated various social issues and concerns on health, livelihood, culture, human development and literacy among others and the identification and formulation of programs, projects and activities that will address them for the next three years in their respective communities.

"With this training, we can assist local government units, especially those with scarce budgets in harnessing their available and potential resources to initiate program and projects that will benefits most of their constituents," said former Sta. Fe town mayor Florante Gerdan, a Brdiging Leadership Fellow of the AIM-TECT.

Gerdan said the training also equipped the participants on the proper procedures of development planning and gaining support from multi-sectoral groups and civil society organizations with different views and objectives for community development.

"By employing these Bridging Leadership practices, we can generate more participation from our sectoral leaders inorder to improve our local governance that will surely benefit the welfare of our constituents," he said.

Gerdan also said that activity also seeks to establish and strengthen the nationwide community of Bridging Leaders by creating a formal organization that will serve as a constant sanctuary for all members, to create opportunities for Bridging Leaders to work together and build a network of support for individual works of leadership, to advocate Bridging Leadership as a new approach to leadership that works for social change, to have a formally recognized group who will support the national government's agenda for change and to partner with the AIM-Team Energy Center in applying the Center's frameworks and knowledge and to provide feedback and input on how this knowledge is contextualized in practice. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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