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More Development Managers engaged in the Bridging Leadership Approach

Posted: 2016-03-10


The second run of the newly-constituted and rebranded Leadership and Management of Change for Development Managers: The Bridging Leadership Approach (LMC/DM: BL) was conducted last February 15 to 19, 2016. Twenty-five (25) development managers from different niches of the Development sector participated in the one-week course.

Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Professors Manuel De Vera, Jacinto Gavino, Nieves Confesor, and Antonio Perez facilitated the interactive learning sessions while Mindanao Bridging Leaders Program (MBLP) Fellow Army Colonel Benjamin Hao shared his bridging leadership story during the live case discussion along with Mr. Tobit Cruz of Angat Kabataan ng Taytay, Inc.1 and Ms. Sandy Montano of Community, Health, Education, Emergency Response Services (CHEERS).2

Ten (10) alumni-fellows of Teach for the Philippines (TFP) and seven (7) from the Bank of Ceylon in Sri Lanka attended the program along with participants from the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), World International Ministries, Inc. (WIMI), Interface Development Interventions, Inc., Solar Winds Software Asia Philippine Branch; Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), and Motorline Trading, Inc.

Successful First Run

Last September 2015, the first run of LMC/DM: BL was conducted with AIM Professors Manuel De Vera, Antonio Perez, Nieves Confesor, Jacinto Gavino, and Federico Macaranas facilitating the sessions. Bridging Leadership Fellows Mayor Oscar Moreno and Mayor Jun Pacalioga shared their experiences in applying Bridging Leadership framework in their communities to bring about social change.

Forty (40) development managers enrolled in this first run of the course with twenty-one (21) participants from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), three (3) from Tashi InfoComm Limited of Bhutan, three (3) fellows from WIMI and the others coming from the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), the Reserve Bank of India, the Federal Bank Limited in India, the Municipality of Tubod, Surigao del Norte, the Provincial Government of Isabela, GIZ RFPI Asia, the Central Consolidated School, Innodata, Sun Power Philippines, IPG Mediabrands, Solar Winds Philippines, and Rare.3

Third Run to be Launched

IMG_7749.jpgThe third run of LMC/DM: BL will happen in August 2016. The one-week course on organizational leadership and organizational change uses the Bridging Leadership Framework developed by the AIM TeaM Energy Center for Bridging Leadership. The topics of the course include managing people and teams, the role of a leader, and leading and managing through difficult times. Professor Manuel J. De Vera led the design and execution of the course as its Program Director. The course is a collaborative effort of the AIM Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management and the AIM - TeaM Energy Center for Bridging Leadership.

For more information on the Leadership and Management of Change for Development Managers: The Bridging Leadership Approach, you may visit For inquiries, please contact Ms. Liza Ayalde at or You may also reach her through +63 2 8934011 ext. 1835.



1 Angat Kabataan is the official youth wing of socio-civic organization Angat Taytay. It focuses on youth empowerment, environmental sustainability, and good citizenship. They are noted for the Save Maningning Creek Project. ("About". Angat Kabataan. N.p., 2013. Web. 8 Mar. 2016.)

2 CHEERS is a private organization that provides trainings on emergency medical services. ("Community Health Education Emergency Rescue Services (CHEERS))". Philippine Nursing Directory. N.p., 2010. Web. 8 Mar. 2016.)

3 Rare is an international conservation organization that works with communities to help them adopt sustainable behaviors for their environment and natural resources. (About Rare. 1st ed. Virginia: Rare, 2013. Web. 8 Mar. 2016.)


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