Five Philippine public sector organizations presented their governance reforms at the Redefine 2016 Public Governance Forum at the Unilab Campus Bayanihan Center on June 10, 2016. The event, spearheaded by the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) and co-convened by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), gathered organizations from different sectors to encourage a conversation on linking good governance to national competitiveness, long-term development, and true nationhood.
The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), Board of Investments (BOI), and the City Governments of Dipolog and Balanga were the ISA’s partner organizations qualified to present their progress under the Performance Governance System (PGS), ISA’s flagship program aiding partners in creating impact through governance reform.
The PGS comprises of four stages: Initiation, Compliance, Proficiency, and Institutionalization. In Initiation, an organization must present its governance roadmap and scorecard created through consultation with internal and external stakeholders. For Compliance, an organization must communicate the governance roadmap and scorecard to lower-level units and begin execution. An organization has reached the Proficiency Stage once it successful executed its strategies, with guidance from a well-established Office for Strategy Management (OSM). For Institutionalization, the fourth and final stage of PGS, results are expected from having put in place transformative and sustainable governance mechanisms beyond ISA’s program.
ISA Chairman Francisco Duque III and ISA Chief Executive Officer Alexander Lacson gave the awards to the organizations that successfully presented and defended their impact results before a panel of experts. NCMF was conferred PGS Initiate, IPOPHL and BOI were conferred PGS Compliant, and the City Governments of Dipolog and Balanga, two out of five of the first local government units recognized as Islands of Good Governance in 2015, were conferred PGS Institutionalized.
Four organizations were given Trailblazer awards, the special recognition for those that acquired a certain grade from the panel deliberation. IPOPHL, BOI, and Dipolog City received a Silver Trailblazer for getting a grade of 8.5 or higher. Balanga City, on the other hand, got a Gold Trailblazer for scoring 9.21 or higher.
A second public governance forum is planned to take place in October 2016.
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