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This year, the CDA is pouring more resources, no matter how meager the budget is, in the development of its hardworking and loyal people. The present management of CDA realized that its technical people needs some orientation especially for the new recruits, and refresher courses with special attention to redirecting the not so new who were exposed in the field for quite some time. Even humans could go awry and go stray from their paths if left alone to tend to themselves. They need recharging, resetting and even overhauling on some parts.
These efforts are expected to be costly but it has the potential to renew the commitment of people in their jobs and the changing of mindsets with the intention to reach even more greater heights and milestones. I was humbled by my inclusion in a Technical Working Group to formulate the subjects and topics for this purpose. And we just concluded last Friday the 2nd batch of a week-long Strategic Technical Course for Cooperative Development Specialists from Regions 1, 2 and CAR at El Cielito, Baguio City. I guess I could say, so far, so good.
The training schedule drafted for this learning and development program of the CDA is going to be conducted in 8 batches in 8 different locations nationwide. This has never been done for quite some time as far as I can remember since joining the Agency in 2002. There was a drought in the area of learning and development. Maybe past Management has a different priority. But human resource management has gained some unprecedented popularity recently. It was really fortunate that CDA top management has detected this trend and is now doing its best to do something about these shortcomings.
Meanwhile, as coops grow, their business operations get complicated and hire additional people as a consequence. And in some instances, the big co-ops have competent leaders that are more knowledgeable and skilled than the CDA specialists. It is for this reason that we have to transform our people to be at par or even better than our clients, at least in terms of competence. We will not allow that the services that is supposed to be rendered by our people is found wanting. We have to endeavor to render an effective and efficient service by all means.
As we are looking at expanding this strategic technical course to our supervisors including the directors in the coming years, I am grateful to be a part of this significant program.