Vice President Leni Robredo graced the culminating activity of the Course on Adaptive Leadership in Times of COVID-19 Crisis.

Last October 1, 2020, the sixth and culminating session of the course Adaptive Leadership in Times of Pandemic was held. The session has Vice President Leni Robredo deliver her message as keynote sharer to fifteen (15 )leaders who graduated in the course.

During her address, she presented how crisis situations test leaders’ leadership capacities. In order to thrive in these situations, leaders must be attuned to the present needs and adaptive to the challenges that arise.

In times of crisis, ang kailangan natin ‘yung mga lider na hindi nagpapakahon as a traditional o nakasanayan. True leaders innovate not by limiting themselves to the way things that have always been done, but by crafting new ways that are better and more efficient. Walang takot na sumubok ng mga bagong paraan of doing things, nakikinig sa mga different inputs and views, kumukonsulta sa peers and constituents, and then orienting every action towards a single moral north.

Vice President Leni Robredo

VP Leni also underscored the importance of being a good listener, an empowering collaborator, and willing learner to address the complex challenges of the pandemic. According to her, our actions only become effective if we listen to what is really needed by the ground and we will allot time to study for it. She also added that collaboration is really important most especially if you have limited resources.

Kami wala kami masyadong pera, but with the help of our partners, by collaborating with them and finding creative ways of doing things despite our very limited resources, napakarami naming nagawa, napakaraming naabot, napakaraming natulungan na mga indibidwal at komunidad. It was truly heartwarming and overwhelming to see, talagang through bayanihan in action.

Vice President Leni Robredo

Above all these, she highlighted the value of empathy in leaders—of opening their hearts to listen to their grievances, to understand their experience, and to identify the work that needs to be done.
Towards the end, she reminded the graduates to act on and translate their learning from this course into concrete solutions on the ground. As the participants go back to their communities, she challenged them to take risks, to harness technology in public service and governance, to invest in data when crafting policies and solutions.

Adaptive Leadership course as designed to establish a space for sharing of experiences and exchanging best practices among the cohort features exemplary leaders on its previous sessions. Among others are the best practices of Mayor Trina Firmalo-Fabic in addressing the economic issues in Odiongan, Romblon amidst the crisis; the educational innovations in Valenzuela City amidst the pandemic through the leadership of Mayor Rex Gatchalian; the empowerment of farmers and transformation of the agriculture sector in Iloilo through Board Member Jason Gonzales; the experience of Former DILG Sec. Dinky Soliman in coalition-building to augment the gap in food security among the urban poor; and the organizational strengths and COVID-related challenges faced by the Office of the Vice President and Kaya Natin! Movement through their leaders, OVP Chief of Staff Usec. Philip Dy and Kaya Natin! Lead Convener Mr. Harvey Keh.

Let’s look back at the journey of our first cohort.

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