The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), in partnership with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), started the Supervisory Training for Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officers (MARPOs) as early as November last year.
A Training Needs Analysis (TNA) was initially held to identify competencies of the participants. It revealed that the MARPOs’ competencies which need further enhancement are management and communication skills, guiding staff performance, and problem solving and decision making skills. To address these competency gaps, the Agrarian Reform Capacity Development Service (ARCDS) and the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) developed the Bridging Leadership Training Program.
Said leadership training was aimed to develop and strengthen the competencies of MARPOs with regard to their roles and functions in light of the Rationalization Program and the need to accomplish the Department’s outputs up to 2016. The course objectives were: (a) to demonstrate bridging leadership as a supervisory competency, (b) to utilize bridging leadership tools to strengthen collaborative action among various agrarian sector stakeholders, and (c) to co-create with other stakeholders’ new innovations that will address agrarian and social inequities.
Additionally, the ARCDS and DAP developed the MARPOs Scorecard to monitor the status of landholdings and also to evaluate the performance of the MARPOs in relation to the (3) major program components of DAR: Land Tenure Services (LTS), Program Beneficiaries Development (PBD), and Agrarian Justice (AJ).
So far, ten (10) batches of leadership cum supervisory trainings were conducted in 2015:
· Pilot batch - held on October 19-23 in Manila with 39 MARPOs from various provinces;
· First batch (Region XII) – held on October 26-30 in General Santos City with 41 MARPOs from South Cotabato and Cotabato;
· Second batch (Region V) – held on November 9-13 in Legazpi City, Albay with 33 MARPOs from Sorsogon, Masbate, Camarines Sur 1 and 2, Albay and Camarines Norte;
· Third batch (Region XII) – held on November 9-13 in General Santos City with 33 MARPOs from Sarangani, South Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat;
· Fourth batch (Region X and CARAGA) – held on November 23-27 in Cagayan de Oro City with 33 MARPOs from Bukidnon, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur;
· Fifth batch (Region VII and IX) – held on November 23-27 in Zamboanga City with 36 MARPOs from Bohol, Zamboanag del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur;
· Sixth batch (Region VI) – held on November 30-December 4 in Bacolod City with 31 MARPOs from Negros Occidental 1 and 2;
· Seventh batch (Region VIII) – held on November 30-December 4 in Tacloban City with 35 MARPOs from Northern Samar, Western Samar, Southern Leyte and Leyte;
· Eighth batch (Region VIII) – held on December 7-11 in Tacloban City, and
· Ninth batch (Region V) – held on December 7-11 in Legazpi City with 33 MARPOs from Sorsogon, Masbate, Camarines Sur 1 and 2, Albay and Camarines Norte.
For the duration of the five-day training, the discussions centered on the following subject matters: Leadership, Introduction to Systems Thinking, Agrarian Needs Analysis, Action Planning and Reporting, Leadership Capital, Stakeholders Analysis, Multi Stakeholder Dialogue and Management Processes.
Resource persons from DAP facilitated the overall conduct of the training while staff from ARCDS and Bureau of Land Tenure Improvement (BLTI) served as facilitators during the discussion on the Performance Scorecard.
At the conclusion of the activity, issues and recommendations of concerned provinces were identified. This was an aid for the participants and DAR’s top management to collaboratively come up with appropriate responses and actions to address said issues.
For 2016, further batches of trainings shall engage MARPOs in various provinces from January 18 until February 12, 2016.