The transfer of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) from the Office of the President (OP) to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) will enable critical institutional synergies and strengthen the links between human resource development for the public sector and the implementation of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2023- 2028.
NEDA Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan welcomed the transfer of the DAP from the OP to NEDA through Executive Order No. 45, issued by Malacañang on October 26, 2023.
As stated in Chapter 14 of the PDP, one of the government’s objectives is to rationalize and strengthen government functions, systems, and mechanisms. Toward this end, the PDP has identified two key strategies: pursuing rightsizing in the government and improving the productivity performance of agencies.
“Our development plan for socioeconomic transformation emphasizes the need to enhance productivity frameworks across government sectors and transform them into cohesive capacity development programs and incentive structures. Thus, DAP’s productivity capability development programs greatly contribute to this strategy,” the NEDA chief said.
Before its transfer to NEDA, DAP was attached to the OP through the Administrative Code of 1987. Presidential Decree No. 205 (s. 1973) created DAP to promote and support the country’s development efforts through government human resource programs.
Now, DAP joins seven other attached agencies under NEDA, namely the Philippine Statistics Authority, Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute, Philippine Institute for Development Studies, Public-Private Partnership Center, Tariff Commission, Philippine National Volunteer Services Coordinating Agency, and the Commission on Population and Development.