Bridging Leadership Project: A New Approach to Social Change in the Philippines

The Bridging Leadership Project (BLP) is designed to ensure that local Government community initiatives, programs and projects are sustainable. The BLP will address leadership divides among Government units. The project will be piloted in four towns: Kayapa, Santa Fe, Dupax del Sur and Bambang.

The project is already in place in major provinces in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), and is now being carried out in the non-Muslim regions in Northern Luzon.

Florante Gerdan, the former mayor of Santa Fe and one of the pioneers of the BLP, has said that municipal mayors in the four towns have expressed interest in attending the seminar-workshop and would like to become agents of change in their communities.

The objectives of the National Coalition of Bridging Leaders are to establish a strong national community of Bridging Leaders members, and to create opportunities for these members to cooperate in building a network of support for leadership. This represents a new approach to leadership, one that works towards social change, and the establishment of a formally recognised group that can support the national Government’s agenda.

The Coalition receives support from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Team Energy Foundation Inc. and St. Mary’s University.

Some of the proposed activities are mentoring fellow leaders, sector-based gatherings, assistance in individual works of leadership, issue-based discussions and online access to relevant reading materials and videos. The coalition also hopes to foster community ties and forge external links.