AT last we have good news about DAP! It’s not about Budget Secretary Florencio Abad’s notoriously criminal Disbursement Acceleration Program.
It’s about the Development Academy of the Philippines. This DAP is an honorable institution. It is headed by a respected senior government official, Antonio C. Kalaw, Jr.
The good news is that, says the DAP press release, “In an unprecedented event, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and French President Francois Hollande witnessed the signing of the partnership agreement between the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) President Antonio C. Kalaw, Jr. and Ecole Nationale D’Administration (ENA) at the Palais de l’Elysee on September 17, 2014.”
The DAP is the Philippine government’s primary training, education, research, and outreach institution for senior and middle ranking public officials. France’s ENA is the premier institution in France that provides for the continuing professional and advanced training to French and other foreign high level civil servants in the fields of public governance and administration.
The DAP-ENA agreement is initially for the benefit of qualified senior scholars of the National Government Executive Program (NGCESDP), who have undergone training under the DAP Public Management Development Program (PMDP) which leads to a Master’s Degree in Development Management (MDM).
“The DAP-ENA partnership will pave the way for opportunities for academic and training exchange and collaboration, mutual assistance in the preparation of seminars, conferences, and workshops, as well as the facilitation of cooperation among and between its authorized officials for the development of mechanics for cooperative efforts, the expansion of the scope of networking, and the identification of other forms of activities that the two institutions can jointly undertake,” says the DAP press release.
A martial law creation
DAP was founded during the first year of martial law, in June 1973. And it has remained a solid, trusted and respected government agency since then.
The DAP official website’s historical article says:
“The beginnings of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) started with the story of two men who got together on a rainy afternoon in Tagaytay City. It was on the February 1, 1973 when freshly retired Education Secretary Onofre D. Corpuz and then Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) Chairman Leonides S. Virata motored to Tagaytay City after having a hearty fiesta lunch in Silang, Cavite.
“Chairman Virata showed Dr. Corpuz the site of the DBP training facility started by the latter’s predecessor, Gregorio S. Licaros, whose obsession was to construct buildings wherever he has been at. Since Chairman Virata did not want the training center to be exclusively for DBP, he asked Dr. Corpuz for ideas on how best to maximize the use of the facility.
“It was five months after the declaration of Martial Law. If the military had the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) as their school for their officers, maybe there ought to be a development-oriented academy for the civilian bureaucracy. There was a lot of thinking and talk about development, the need for a generation of leaders with new development perspectives, and the need for new technologies to support development programs. Dr. Corpuz suggested the creation of an institution to provide all these. The idea captured the interest of Chairman Virata and both of them agreed to work for its realization…
“And so on May 11, 1973, DBP Chairman Leonides S. Virata, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director-General Gerardo P. Sicat, Social Security System (SSS) Administrator Gilberto Teodoro, Central Bank of the Philippines Governor Gregorio S. Licaros, Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General-Manager Roman Cruz, Jr., and Philippine National Bank (PNB) President Panfilo O. Domingo signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) wherein they agreed to establish the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) as their joint project.
“The aforementioned GFIs, which eventually became the Founding Institutions of DAP, agreed that: 1) they would participate in the governance of the DAP, as well as provide annual financial contributions for the initial operations of DAP, and create a DAP Endowment Fund; 2) DBP would complete the construction of the training center in Tagaytay and make available to the DAP the full use of the said facility (which later on was donated to DAP); 3) NEDA would make available to DAP the use of the equipment, facilities/budgetary, and other resources of its Productivity and Development Center (PDC) and transfer to DAP the functions of PDC, including its role as the implementing agency of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) for the Philippines.
“With this, the proponents of the establishment of the DAP went to see the President of the Philippines who, after having seen the value of the idea, signed and issued Presidential Decree No. 205 on June 7, 1973 formally creating the DAP.”
Note that the historical article—in keeping with the half-truth policy that has prevailed in our country when it comes to Ferdinand Marcos—does not mention his name at all.