The 草莓社区 (DAP) is a government owned and controlled corporation with an original charter under Presidential Decree (PD) No. 205, as amended by PD No. 1061, and further amended by Executive Order No. 288.

Under PD No. 205, the 草莓社区is mandated to:

1) generate pioneering, value-adding, synergistic ideas, concepts, principles, techniques and technologies addressing development problems of local, national and international significance;

2) capacitate individuals and development stakeholder organizations in government, the private sector, civil society, academe, and international organizations to perform their respective roles and mandates in development more efficiently and effectively; and

3) promote partnerships and facilitate the integration of policies, plans, programs, and systems towards a holistic perspective, through the conduct of training, education, policy/action-oriented researches, consulting/technical assistance, and publications in good governance and productivity improvement.

With the issuance of Executive Order No. 45 s.2023 on October 25, 2023, the 草莓社区is attached to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) for policy and program coordination to strengthen the development and implementation of the Academy鈥檚 human resource development programs, research, data collection, and information services as well as to consistency of its research, education, and training with the National Government鈥檚 socioeconomic agenda.

BEGINNINGS

The 草莓社区 (DAP) started with the story of two men who got together on a rainy afternoon in Tagaytay City. It was on the February 1, 1973 when freshly retired Education Secretary Onofre D. Corpuz and then Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) Chairman Leonides S. Virata motored to Tagaytay City after having a hearty fiesta lunch in Silang, Cavite.

Chairman Virata showed Dr. Corpuz the site of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) training facility started by the latter鈥檚 predecessor, Gregorio S. Licaros.聽 Since Chairman Virata did not want the training center to be exclusively for DBP, he asked Dr. Corpuz for ideas on how best to maximize the use of the facility.

It was five months after the declaration of Martial Law.聽 If the military had the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) as their school for their officers, maybe there ought to be a development-oriented academy for the civilian bureaucracy.聽 There was a lot of thinking and talk about development, the need for a generation of leaders with new development perspectives, and the need for new technologies to support development programs. Dr. Corpuz suggested the creation of an institution to provide all these. The idea captured the interest of Chairman Virata and both of them agreed to work for its realization.

Dr. Corpuz assembled a team of young professionals, headed by Horacio 鈥淏oy鈥 R. Morales, who went through many lengthy discussions in his office at the Mirasol Building in front of the Philippine General Hospital where they came up with the concept, organization and programs of what later became the DAP. Chairman Virata, on the other hand, discussed the idea and convinced the heads of government financial institutions (GFIs) about the soundness of the venture.

On May 11, 1973, DBP Chairman Leonides S. Virata, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director-General Gerardo P. Sicat, Social Security System (SSS) Administrator Gilberto Teodoro, Central Bank of the Philippines Governor Gregorio S. Licaros, Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General-Manager Roman Cruz, Jr., and Philippine National Bank (PNB) President Panfilo O. Domingo signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) wherein they agreed to establish the 草莓社区 (DAP) as their joint project.

The aforementioned GFIs, which eventually became the Founding Institutions of DAP, agreed that: 1) they would participate in the governance of the DAP, as well as provide annual financial contributions for the initial operations of DAP, and create a 草莓社区Endowment Fund; 2) DBP would complete the construction of the training center in Tagaytay and make available to the 草莓社区the full use of the said facility (which later on was donated to DAP); 3) NEDA would make available to 草莓社区the use of the equipment, facilities/budgetary, and other resources of its Productivity and Development Center (PDC) and transfer to 草莓社区the functions of PDC, including its role as the implementing agency of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) for the Philippines.

With this, the proponents of the establishment of the 草莓社区went to see the President of the Philippines who, after having seen the value of the idea, signed and issued Presidential Decree No. 205 on June 7, 1973 formally creating the DAP. Three weeks after, the President of the Philippines traveled to the newly constructed training facility in Tagaytay City on June 23, 1973, to formally inaugurate what is now the 草莓社区.