By adopting the PGS and implementing the Army Transformation Roadmap (ATR), the Army has already carried out the critical steps to institute reforms based on the principles of good governance and performance excellence. Firstly, the PA has defined its governance charter which sets and defines the strategic direction that the organization wants to pursue. It starts with the clearly defined and easy-to-remember core values of “Honor. Patriotism. Duty”. It acknowledges its mandated mission which is “to develop, organize, train, equip, support and sustain Army forces for the conduct of prompt and sustained ground operations to accomplish the AFP mission”. And, it provides a sharper edge to its stated mission by stating the core purpose which is “Serving the people. Securing the land.” On such foundation, it sets forth a vision that the PA is committed to actualizing: “ARMY 2040: WORLD-CLASS. MULTI-MISSION READY. CROSS-DOMAIN CAPABLE.”

The Philippine Army earned the Institutionalized Status in the Performance Governance System (PGS) and received the Gold Governance Trailblazer Seal after the Public Governance Forum Revalida held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on October 21.

Lt Gen Hernando DCA Iriberri delivered a 30-minute presentation on the Army’s journey towards transformation, particularly in achieving the Gold Governance Trailblazer Seal, including the breakthrough results in the ATR’s five (5) strategic perspectives: Stakeholder Support, Finance and Logistics, Human Resource, Internal Processes, and Constituency; the integration of the PGS in the Philippine Army; how the Army embraced the culture of governance; and the sustainability of the ATR.

The Public Governance Forum is a regular event convened by the Institute of Solidarity in Asia (ISA) twice a year, in cooperation with the National Competitiveness Council (NCC). It features public performance reports from national government agencies and local government units who are looking to advance to various stages in the good governance pathway.

The presentation was positively received by the panel members who recognized the transformation efforts of the Philippine Army. Among the panelists were: Mr. Guillermo M. Luz, the Panel Chairman; Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Chairman of the National Competitiveness Council; Congressman Mel Senen Sarmiento, Philippine Army Multi-Sectoral Board (PA MSAB) Chairman; Dir. Antonino Aquino, PA MSAB Member; Ms. Maria Victoria Garchitorena, PA MSAB Member; Ms. Doreen Yu, Philippine Star Columnist; Ms. Maxene Tanya Hamada, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management; and Gen Dionisio Santiago (Ret), former Commanding General of the Philippine Army.

Earning the Institutionalized Status in the PGS Pathway is a validation that the systems and processes are already ingrained in the Army.

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