AFP awards Ateneo School of Govt for support to professional military training, education

Photo courtesy of TSg Randulf Obinque PAF/PAOAFP

PASIG CITY, May 20 (PIA) -- The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) General Cirilito Sobejana awarded the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG) with a plaque in recognition of their continuous support to improve military training and education on Wednesday, May 19.

The Ateneo de Manila University – ASoG assisted the AFP in the conduct of the Competency and Training Needs Analysis (CTNA) for AFP Field Grade Officers which started in 2019.

“The military leadership extends its gratitude to the Ateneo School of Government for coming up with a customized training design that will help our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines realize the AFP’s desired competencies,” General Sobejana said.

The CTNA’s primary objective is to identify the competencies essential to the effective and efficient discharge of responsibilities of the military’s middle managers having the rank of Major to Colonel. The Competency Framework for Middle Managers reflecting the proficiency levels were developed from the result of the research.

Extrinsic competencies pertain to Stakeholder Engagement, Policy Analysis, Planning, Systems Thinking, Solutions Focused, People Management, Self-Mastery, and Communication. On the other hand, the intrinsic competencies are People Management, Self-Mastery, and Communication.

The AFP and ASoG sustained the partnership in 2020 and conducted another CTNA Project for Junior Officers (Company Grade Officers) now covering the ranks of 2nd Lieutenant to Captain. The project became an extension of the AFP-ASoG Middle Managers’ Competency Framework that completes the AFP-ASoG Competency Framework for Officers Continuum.

The project was formally concluded in the first quarter of 2021, and was approved and noted by the AFP Chief of Staff on April 7, 2021. Currently, the ASoG has 80 AFP scholars enrolled in its post graduate governance programs.

The Plaque of Recognition was received by Ms. Ma. Christina M. Alikpala, MBA, the Academic Head of ASoG in a ceremony held at the Office of the Chief of Staff in Camp Aguinaldo.

“This is one of our humble ways that we can contribute to the whole of nation approach to security where civil servants from other government agencies interact with fellow students coming from the AFP in a healthy exchange of ideas and promote meaningful partnership,” Ms. Alikpala expressed in accepting the recognition.

Also present during the event were Commodore Antonio Palces, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Education, Training, and Doctrine, J8; Colonel Victor Del Fierro, the Chief, Training Research and Evaluation Division, OJ8); and Major Darwin Laguardia, the Chief, Assessment and Evaluation Branch, OJ8.

“The CTNA Projects pave the way for the institutionalization of a progressive learning continuum on leadership and management for the AFP. This is a significant milestone for the organization as we continue to enhance our partnership with our stakeholders as an institution that is neither above nor below the Filipinos rather beside them in achieving lasting peace and development,” General Sobejana said. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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