QUEZON CITY— Selected officers and staff of the Public Assistance and Media Relations Service, the Clientele Relations Service, and the Legislative Liaison External Affairs Service of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) attended a two-day seminar-workshop on strategic thinking to upgrade their capacities for strategic planning and make the services of the agency more responsive to the needs of the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).
Atty. Marilyn Barua-Yap, DAR Undersecretary for Special Concerns Office and External Affairs and Communications Operations Office, said the seminar cum workshop is designed to raise the quality of public service through strategic thinking and planning.
“This is one strategy organized by my office to address the call made by Secretary Conrado Estrella III to improve and elevate the value of public service that we give to our stakeholders,” Yap said.
With the theme “Raising the Quality of Public Service through Strategic Thinking,” the seminar-workshop will provide officers and staff of the bureaucracy with the needed competencies for thinking strategically.
“This is an essential prelude to crafting strategic plans. We believe that one should know how to think strategically for strategic plans to be effective. And if plans are effective and successfully implemented then quality public service is guaranteed,” Yap said.
The participants were taught the principles, concepts, values, tools, and techniques for developing strategic thinking in the context of public organizations.
The seminar was conducted by Dr. Edgardo Pangilinan, Deputy Secretary General at the House of Representatives, a strategic thinking and management expert who teaches strategic management at the University of the Philippines, and the Development Academy of the Philippines, among others.