The Philippine Navy Governance Forum (PNGF) Special Edition CY 2014 was conducted on Sept. 3, 2014 at HPN Multi-purpose Hall, Headquarters Philippine Navy, Roxas Blvd., Manila with Sec. Voltaire T Gazmin, the Secretary of National Defense (DND), as the Guest of Honor.
The forum was highlighted by the Launching of the PN Strategic Sail Plan Book 2 and the Electronic Performance Governance Reporting System (e-PGRS). The event also included the following activities: talk on good governance by Dr. Jesus Estanislao; conduct of a best practice sharing session with Performance Governance System (PGS) partners from selected national government agencies and local government units; and PN Sail Plan Commitment Signing Ceremony.
The conduct of a Governance Lecture with the theme “Sustaining the Transformation: Sailing beyond Institutionalization” was officially opened by the Vice Commander, PN, Vice Adm. Isabelo H Gador. Afterwards, a lecture entitled “The Philippine Navy as a Bastion of Good Governance” was given by Dr. Jesus P. Estanislao, Chairman of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA). Estanislao discussed the PN’s immediate transformation agenda which is the Islands of Good Governance (IGG) Initiative in 2015. He stressed that the navy stands in the bastion of transformation, and that the PN have only reached one of the many waypoints of its sail plan journey, so now, it must sail beyond PGS institutionalization. He also uttered that the Navy is now on the crucial phase of sustaining its transformation and continuing the improvement of its sail plan and its execution. Estanislao also acknowledged the former PN leadership who were also in attendance namely: VADM Eduardo Ma R Santos, VADM Mateo M Mayuga, VADM Alexander P Pama and VADM Jose Luis M Alano, who were very instrumental in adapting the system which serves as a milestone in the continuing journey of the navy towards transformation and good governance.
Governance “Kapihan” immediately followed moderated by Lt. Cdr, Edwin German A Cordova. This is a Round Table Discussion with representatives from the PN and its PGS partners sharing their experiences in the PGS Pathway and how they plan or were able to sustain good governance and transformation in their respective organizations. The FOIC, PN, Vice Adm. Jesus C Millan stood as one of the discussants. The other discussants were as follows: Dr. Jesus p. Estanislao - Chairperson, ISA; Hon. Francisco T. Duque III - Chairman, Civil Service Commission; PSSupt Noel A Baraceros – Deputy Director, Center for Police Strategy Management, PNP. They emphasized the difference that the PGS had made in their different institutions going towards mission accomplishment, and attaining excellence of their respective organizations. They also elaborated the many obstacles and challenges that they hurdled along the way of propagating and institutionalizing the PGS.
The second part was the launching of the PN Strategic Sail Plan 2020 Book 2 and the PN e-PGRS. The launching ceremony started with a short AVP on the PN Sail Plan Book 2. It was followed by the launching proper led by the FOIC, PN, VCOM, PN and CNS, Rear Adm Caesar C Taccad. Commander, Philippine Fleet (CPF) and Commander, Philippine Marine Corps (CPMC) received their copy of the book on behalf of all PN Unit Commanders. CNS was also requested to receive the book on behalf of the HPN Staff. SND, PN BoA Chairperson and Chairperson of ISA received their copy of the book on behalf of the DND and PN stakeholders, respectively.The launching of the PN e-PGRS immediately followed. A short orientation about the system was given by the lead developer of the software, Maj Etrobal B Laborte, followed by a symbolic demonstration of the PN e-PGRS by the FOIC, PN.
Afterwards, the Commitment Signing ceremony ensued. During this part of the programme, a short AVP on the importance of commitment to the PN Sail Plan was played. CNS then led the renewal of commitment of PN officers, enlisted and civilian personnel as he reads the PN Sail Plan Pledge of Commitment. This was also done simultaneously across all PN units covered via Video Teleconferencing System. Dr. Estanislao then led the commitment ceremony for all PGS Partners and stakeholders.
The pledge was followed by the signing of the Commitment Wall by PGS Partners, PN Unit Commanders and their respective Chiefs of Staff at the same venue. The commitment signing ceremony was simultaneously conducted with other attendees aboard HPN Shaded Area who were not accommodated at the HPN MPH.
The FOIC, PN then gave his remarks and said, “today, we give our bold answer to this challenge, today, we say yes, we will continue our sail plan journey – every sailor, marine, and civilian personnel of the navy paddling together, moving our navy closer to our destination.” Thereafter, Sec. Voltaire T Gazmin also delivered his message to formally end the program. He commends the navy for its maiden voyage of transformation from the old navy to the navy of the future.
In the Philippine Navy’s adventure towards its 2020 vision, countless knowledge and unchanging commitment is a substantial engagement for its personnel. Hence, this activity is part of the command’s effort in fulfilling this account.