From here onwards for the MPM-RD Graduates

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dar web news2 pix feb. 21 2014 400The first batch of Master of Public Management Major in Rural Development (MPM-RD) scholars has finally marched to receive their diplomas last Thursday, February 20, 2014. The MPM-RD program would not be possible if not for the Secretaries from the Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, as well as the deans and faculty of the institutions that helped to make the program possible.

The President of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), Pres. Antonio D. Kalaw, Jr. gave the welcome address that emphasized how the MPM-RD program under the capacity of the National Convergence initiatives aims to overcome institutional fragmentation that limits the effectiveness and efficiency of the government rural interventions.

He also shared in his welcome address how the MPM-RD program is the first of its kind in the country. According to him, it is the first multi-agency program handled by the DAP’s graduate school. It is also the first to be implemented by the nation’s four top institutions and the first to have the blended learning which consists of the face-to-face teaching and also virtual classes. Nonetheless, Pres. Kalaw also mentioned that implementing the program was not that easy thus needs to be improved further. Then he mentioned a quote by Nelson Mandela saying, “It always seems impossible until it is done” which signifies the hardships the program has faced but then again was able to overcome, and now have 68 full-fledged graduates.

On the other hand, the message of Secretary Proceso J. Alcala of the Department of Agriculture focused on the application of all the learning and skills the graduates have acquired in order to enhance the country’s rural development. He is expecting the graduates’ cooperation as well as the different agencies to solve the agricultural problems the country is facing.

Sec. Alcala said that they must prioritize the problem of food security in the country and the improvement of the integrated ecosystem management. Also, the broadening of the services and products being offered should be given importance. He assures that the Department of Agriculture will support them every step of the way.

Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes in his message dwelt mainly on the investment that the government has made on every graduate of the program. Secretary de los Reyes stated that the graduates are the seeds that this administration has planted to help our agricultural communities to grow and prosper for the next months, years, and generations to come.

He envisions that in the future all the initiatives for rural development will not be done individually by the different local government units and the different agencies but together as one strong front.

Unfortunately, the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje was not able to come but Assistant Secretary Daniel Nicer delivered his speech on his behalf. His message mainly challenges the recent graduates to make use of their new knowledge, analytical skills, and experiential learning that they have acquired from the past 18 months of the academic program to help improve a sustainable rural development program.

The use of information technology was also mentioned by Asec. Nicer to further improve the existing program in order to enhance the projects that help boost meaningful reforms as well as generate information and transform the existing type of governance.

As an end note, he hopes that through the program, the graduates’ passions and interests for public service have been ignited. He also shared that this country can only move forward if we believe and do whatever we can to move forward.