DSWD supports BJMP’s organizational transformation goal and shares breakthroughs in strategy management

From top right, counter-clockwise: (1) Head of DSWD Office for Strategy Management (OSM), Dir. Jam Karess Banzon (third from right) joins stakeholders in their pledge of commitment to BJMP’s 2040 development plan; (2) Sharing DSWD documents and interacting with BJMP leaders, Chief Director Allan Iral (center) and JSupt. Randel H. Latoza; (3) DSWD OSM Planning Officer, Ms. Norilyn Quesada-Rivera with JSupt Latoza during Virtual Governance Sharing; and (4) BJMP officers award a certificate of appreciation to Ms. Rivera at the DSWD central office.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has pledged his support as a mentor to the Bureau of Prisons Management and Penology (BJMP) in achieving his Performance Governance System (PGS) goals or journey for advancement, innovation and the long-term development plan 2040 (JAIL Plan 2040).

DSWD Office of Strategy Management (OSM) Director, Jam Karess Z. Banzon, on behalf of the Department, pledged to Office of Strategy Management (OSM) Chief, Director Allan Iral , the BJMP director of the Center for Jail Excellence and Strategy Management (CJESM). As part of this commitment, the Department will coach and provide technical assistance to help BJMP achieve success on its PGS journey.

In BJMP’s PGS objective stated in its PRISON 2040 Plan, the agency aims to standardize and institutionalize quality prison service, particularly on the humane protection of persons deprived of liberty (PDL).

The BJMP is currently preparing for its initiation phase with its participation in the Asian Solidarity Institute (ISA) Governance Bootcamp and the establishment of its Center of Excellence in Prison and Strategic Management.

In line with their objective, the BJMP CJESM held its 1st benchmarking session via an online platform with the DSWD invited as the main resource person to discuss its strategic positioning; alignment of its mechanisms; cascading of its strategy to operational units; and achieving emerging breakthroughs through the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program, among others.

Additionally, Ms. Norilyn Quesada-Rivera, DSWD Planning Officer IV, discussed the Department’s relaunch of its PGS journey in 2019. She also explained the critical decision to adopt an interim strategy to advance the Department’s role in the socio-economic recovery of the country. during the pandemic that helped DSWD achieve its emerging breakthroughs.

Ms. Rivera went on to share that an additional compelling factor in the Ministry’s successful PGS journey is the creation of the OSM, which has also been recognized as a feature of the DSWD PGS competency stage of the governance journey.

As DSWD worked on its PGS institutionalization phase, Ms. Rivera also showed how DSWD updated its strategy by working on opportunities and addressing challenges and establishing project management teams to lead the execution of strategic roadmaps.

DSWD’s participation in BJMP’s benchmarking activity is just one manifestation of the Department’s support. As the Department approaches its goal of reaching the stage of institutionalizing the PGS, the DSWD also urges other government agencies/offices to embark on this journey of organizational improvement.

As part of its push towards effective and compassionate public service, DSWD expresses its willingness to assist other agencies in their respective PGS journeys and achieve better public service delivery together.

Aubrey L. Morgan