Kitanglad Updates, Volume VIII – Twin Issue 2008-2009

April 24, 2009. KIN’s Executive Director Easterluna Canoy and her 13 other fellows constituting the Cohort 2 of Bridging Leadership Fellows Program of Asian Institute of Management (AIM) – TeaM Energy Center for Bridging Societal Divides finally completed their 18-month fellowship. The latest batch of Cohort 2 Fellows had their public presentation of their respective endeavors that illustrated their bridging leadership skills in partnership with their core group as co-owners of their vision-mission-goals that address the societal divides that continue to beset the country.
The presentation of the fellows was arranged by cluster according to their geographic and thematic links. These presentations were arranged by title and presenter:

A. Stories on Bridging Leadership in: Health, Community Development and Social Welfare
1. Mr. Teodulo Romo, Jr. – Director, Department of Social Welfare and Development Region IX
2. Dr. Abdullah Dumama, Jr. Director, Department of Health – Center for Health Development, Region XII
3. Ms. Easterluna Canoy – Executive Director, Kitanglad Integrated NGOs (KIN)

B. Stories on Bridging Leadership in Education:
1. Mr. Malcolm Garma – Schools Division Superintendent of Department of Education, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
2. Dr. Lorna Dino – Director, National Educators Academy of the Philippines, Department of Education
3. Mr. Vladimir Hernandez – Director of Philippine Programme, Community and Family Services International

C. Stories of Bridging Leadership in the Military:
1. Lt. Col. Carlito Galvez, Jr. – Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (G3), 2nd Infantry Division of Philippine Army
2. Lt. Col. Francis Alaurin – Commandant, AFP Civil Military Operations School and Chief, Operations Civil Relations Services, AFP (CRSAFP)

D. Stories of Bridging Leadership in Local Governance:
1. Hon. Florante Gerdan – Municipal Mayor, Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya
2. Hon. Albert Que, Al-haj – Municipal Mayor, Bongao, Tawi-tawi

E. Stories of Bridging Leadership in Sulu:
1. Dr. Hannbal Bara – Head, Waqaf Foundation
2. Hon. Munib Estino Al-haj – Municipal Mayor, Panglima, Estino, Sulu
3. Mr. Jose Mari M. Oquinena – Head of Operations, Gawad Kalinga Foundation
4. Col. Natalio C. Ecarma III – Commanding Officer, 3rd Marine Brigade

The AIM-TeaM Energy Center for Bridging Societal Divides regard the Bridging Leadership Fellows Program as an important contribution to develop the kind of leaders who can meet the complex challenges of nation-building, paving the way to make peace and prosperity a reality in the Philippines.
Since 2006, the BLFP is managed by Prof. Ernesto Garilao as its Executive Director and co-founder. The first cohort of Fellows, composed of six Filipino leaders, namely, Mayor Sonia Lorenzo of San Isidro, Nueva Ecija; Major General Raymundo Ferrer of the Philippine Army; Mr. Ayi Hernandez of Balay Mindanaw; Mr. Harvey Keh of Pathways to Higher Education; Dr. Danda Juanday of the Bangsamoro Development Agency; and Ms. Dedette Suacito of Nagdilaab Foundation in Basilan. These Cohort 1 Fellows also underwent training workshops and mentoring, and have applied their lessons in the engagement of stakeholders in the context of the respective societal issues they were facing. The first batch of Bridging Leaders completed their Fellowship in July 2007.