BAGUIO CITY—NEDA-CAR continues to improve the competencies of its employees as it held a training on public speaking on July 21-23 and another one on regional land use planning.

The continuous development of NEDA-CAR staff competencies is part of its quality policy to deliver better and more responsive outputs and services in orchestrating regional development.

Manny Aquino of the RA delos Reyes Management Consultancy facilitated the training on the public speaking as the employees of NEDA are also delegated to present in different meetings, conferences, consultations and assemblies.

In the workshop, He first let the participants be comfortable with each other through an ice breaker. Then, the participants were gradually asked to talk in front about themselves and recite poems in Filipino. On the second and third day of the workshop, the participants delivered their ten-minute speeches and were evaluated at the end of their talk.

The facilitator observed that the participants were generally satisfactory in giving speeches and a few were excellent. Conversely, he advised the participants to be able to capture the attention of their audience and to make voice color variations from time to time.

In another training, retired Professor Ernesto Serote of the UP School of Urban and Regional Planning also discussed the fundamentals of regional planning to the employees of NEDA-CAR and its partner agencies. He noted that having the knowledge on land use planning would greatly benefit the region, especially in its pursuit of autonomy and in the management of the region’s resources.

Prof. Serote conveyed the urbanization and its causes, kinds of land areas, and the provisions in the Constitution about land activities.  The resolution of issues on ancestral domain were also raised and clarified during the training. He noted that while DENR and NCIP protects the rights of the indigenous peoples (IPs), it is the IPs’ responsibility to ensure that the management of the resources and the protection of the environment in their communities are well taken cared of.



by Christine Mamuyac, SPCAR