In line with the NCPAG’s mandate and vision to provide multidisciplinary knowledge and learning, develop leaders and change agents, and promote good governance reforms and practice, two of its centers are once again opening their doors for newly-elected officials who wish to arm themselves with relevant skills and knowledge before they officially begin work as legislators.
The Center for Local and Regional Governance (CLRG) will be holding its Introductory Course on Excellence in Local Legislation (iExceLL) in five batches from May to August 2019. The iExcell is a five-day course for first-term and reelected presiding officers (vice-mayors and vice-governors), Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial board members), Sangguniang Panlungsod (city councilors) and Sangguniang Bayan (municipal councilors), and their respective legislative staff.
The Center for Policy and Executive Development, meanwhile, announced that it will be open to provide customized training program not only for neophyte lawmakers but also for reelected legislators who wish to undergo more intensive training in policy development and analysis. Among CPED’s clients for this capacity-building program were then rookie Senator Nancy Binay and first-time congresswoman Sol Aragones of San Pablo City, Laguna.
In an interview by GMA News, NCPAG Dean Maria Fe Villamejor-Mendoza also said that presumptive senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is welcome to undergo training in NCPAG.
In a previous interview, the former Philippine National Police Chief said that he is willing to attend a lawmaking seminar in preparation for his work as senator. Dela Rosa, however, expressed his reluctance to attend a crash course in UP because of his perception of the academic community as having anti-police sentiments.
Dean Mendoza allays presumptive Senator dela Rosa’s misgivings as she reiterated that UP-NCPAG adheres to its commitment to help strengthen government institutions through capacity building trainings.