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(23 November 2022, Singapore) The Philippine Embassy in Singapore joined the thirty (30) participants from the Philippines, consisting of senior and mid-level officials and staff of the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives, in the Opening Ceremony of the 2022 International Learning Course (ILC) on Public Policy and Public Sector Leadership held on 21 November 2022 at the National University Singapore–Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (NUS-LKYSPP) in Singapore.

The weeklong  ILC, which will run from 21 to 25 November 2022, is a partnership between the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) and the NUS-LKYSPP. The course is one of the strategic components of the General Appropriations Act (GAA)-supported “Capacity Building on Innovative Leadership for Legislative Staff” (CBILLS)  which seeks to strengthen the workforce in the legislative branch by providing capability-building interventions that will enhance their leadership, management, and technical skills. 

In his welcome remarks, Chargé d’ affaires, a.i., Emmanuel R. Fernandez of the Philippine Embassy thanked the LKYSPP for continuing to be one of the Philippines’ steadfast partners in strengthening the capacity of Philippine policymakers, government officials and other key functionaries through its partnership with DAP. He also urged the participants to actively participate and maximize their learning journey  so they may be able to apply their learnings to continue to innovate and transform themselves, their organizations and the country.

First Secretary and Consul Joyleen E. Santos also gave an overview of Philippines-Singapore bilateral relations and how these are strengthened and enhanced by the work of the Department of Foreign Affairs in the pursuit of the three pillars of Philippine foreign policy.

Also providing their remarks for the ceremony were Professor Francesco Mancini, Vice Dean of Executive Education of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), Atty. Arnel Jose Bañas, Deputy Secretary for Administrative and Finance Services of the Senate of the Philippines and the ILC Mission Leader, and Mr. Joebert Sayson, Deputy Project Manager of the CBILLS Program.

The 2022 ILC Middle Managers track will provide the participants the opportunity to learn more about the legislative processes and best practices as well as leadership models and strategies of Singapore. The course includes lectures and discussions, site visits and guided tours to Singapore’s Parliament and other government offices that showcase Singapore’s programs on public sector innovation. (END).

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