A Workshop on Bridging Leadership and Integrity for the Barangay Captains of Pagbilao, Quezon
The Bridging Leadership and Integrity Program for the Local Government Unit of Pagbilao, Quezon1 engaged 23 barangay captains from the Municipality of Pagbilao, Quezon in embracing integrity institutions and practices to support good governance.
The two and a half-day program held from March 11-13, 2015 at the Asian Institute of Management opened a discussion on community integrity building in local governance through the bridging leadership (BL) framework.
Professor Manuel De Vera, Executive Director of the AIM TeaM Energy Center for Bridging Leadership, along with Professors Jacinto Gavino, Mila Lagrosa, and Nieves Confesor guided the barangay captains through the process of stakeholder engagement and mobilization via case discussions, team simulations and workshops.
Integrity mechanisms, Prof. De Vera said, are important tools for leaders to have an honest and full view of the considerations surrounding their respective jurisdictions. In support of this, Prof. Gavino emphasized the importance of having a clear vision to direct the actions of each individual amidst the complexity of issues in the communities. Further, he said that equally critical to having a clear vision is how leaders engage their people to attain it and the need for a deep understanding and appreciation of the core elements of integrity – accountability, competence, ethics and the commitment to combat corruption.
Prof. Confesor engaged the group through the story of the late Naga City Mayor and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo and his “Tsinelas Leadership.” From Sec. Robredo’s story, they learned different ways leadership in the local government could reflect principles of integrity, from introducing computerized systems to empowering the constituency, investing in the youth, prioritizing the marginalized, and inspiring ordinary people to become everyday heroes. The barangay captains then went into a group activity facilitated by Prof. Mila Lagrosa where they articulated their own vision for their barangays and the municipality of Pagbilao. Using their takeaways from Sec. Robredo’s case, the group exchanged ideas on alternative ways the barangay captains could adopt a systems approach in establishing integrity mechanisms, providing solutions to issues and improving the lives of the people in their communities.
To culminate the program, the kapitans collaboratively developed plans for Integrity Projects, which they presented in a plenary for the group’s feedback. The Center aims to roll out the BL-community integrity building program to LGUs across the country.
1 Pagbilao is located on the northern shore of Tayabas Bay and just east of Lucena City, the provincial capital of Quezon province. One of the power plant stations of the TeaM Energy Corporation was founded in Pagbilao.