LNU Team Attends High-level Futures Consortium Workshop

The Leyte Normal University, represented by its University President, Dr. Evelyn B. Aguirre, the Vice President for Research and Extension, Dr. Las Johansen B. Caluza, and its Futures Thinking Focal Person and Planning Officer, Jo Danielle S. Bajarias, attended the Regional Futures Consortium Workshop: High-level Anticipatory Leadership & Governance Executive Course held last February 15 to 18, 2022.

This is a course given to the ten State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in Eastern Visayas as part of the series of capability building activities along Futures Thinking. The first three days were held virtually via Zoom while the last two were held face-to-face at the Biliran Province State University (BiPSU).

The notable resource speakers for the five-day consortium workshop were Dr. Lizan E. Perante – Calina, the President of the Philippine Futures Thinking Society and the current Dean of the Development Academy of the Philippines – Graduate School of Public and Development Management, Dr. Ma. Oliva Z. Domingo, a Senior Fellow of the Philippine Futures Thinking Society and the President of the Kalayaan College, Dr. Reginald G. Ugaddan, a resident futurist of the Philippine Futures Thinking Society and the College Secretary of the University of the Philippines – National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP – NCPAG), Prof. Shermon Cruz, one of the world’s leading futurists and the first Non-American and Asian Chair of the US-Based Association of Professional Futurists (APF), and Mr. Emmanuel de Guia, a resident Futurist at the Senate Committee on SDGs, Innovation and Futures Thinking and Director for Strategic Partnerships and Networking of the Philippines Future Thinking Society.

Officials and representatives from different SUCs participated in the workshop which included five modules: Anticipatory Leadership and Governance: History and Key Concepts, Theory of Social Change and Anticipatory Governance Frameworks, Anticipatory Governance Tools and Methods, Case Studies on Anticipatory Leadership and Governance, and Scanning through the use of the Regional Futures Framework.

Spearheaded by Commissioner Aldrin A. Darilag, the Pangandoy sa Hiraya: The Futures Thinking Consortium of Higher Education Institutions in Eastern Visayas, was created. During the Closing Ceremonies of the Consortium Workshop, the University, together with the ten SUCs in the Region, signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the Pangandoy sa Hiraya and the Philippine Futures Thinking Society as part of its commitment to imbibe the Futures Thinking concepts in the processes and systems of the University better preparing LNU for what lies ahead.

Published by: Rico Combinido, IT Support Office