The CALABARZON Regional Development Council (RDC) conducted a two-day training on Technical Secretariat Services to capacitate its members in carrying out secretariat work and improve the management of RDC and its special committees, sub-committees, and technical working groups.
The first day was held face-to-face, following the minimum COVID-19 health protocol, at NEDA Region IV-A, Calamba City on July 20. Meanwhile, the second day was conducted via Zoom video conference on July 21. A total of 33 participants from different regional line agencies attended the training.
RDC Vice Chairperson and Director Luis G. Banua of NEDA Region IV-A and Professor Jade Aquino of the University of the Cordilleras served as resource persons. They shared their experiences and expertise in managing meetings and leading secretariat coordination and facilitation works. They also shared tips and techniques on preparation of technical outputs, completed staff work, and the Philippine protocol.
“We have to deliver quality government service,” said RDC Vice Chairperson Banua to remind and inspire the participants to continuously level up their competency and performance to raise the quality of government service delivery. He underscored the fundamental role of the secretariat in supporting decision-makers as well as recording and monitoring the actions taken by concerned agencies and offices on the agreements and matters arising from the meeting.
Moreover, Professor Aquino emphasized the importance of good command of English and competency in writing technical reports to assist decision-makers in formulating evidenced-based policies and in the review and endorsement of programs and projects. Reports should be complete, fact-based, clear, concise and organized to supply accurate and understandable information to decision makers and other target stakeholders.
Participants who excelled in mock Secretariat and English exercises were recognized during the training.
The RDC CALABARZON will continue to provide capacity building activities to its members to promote efficient and effective delivery of government services and further improve the coordination, preparation, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of plans, programs, projects, and policies in the region towards sustainable and inclusive development.
Herbert C. Molinyawe, NEDA Region IV-A | July 25, 2022