Friday, May 15, 2015

CSC intensifies PRIME-HRM among government employees

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 15 (PIA) – “We shall continue to establish a career service among government workers and adopt measures to promote their morale, efficiency, integrity, responsiveness, progressiveness and courtesy in the civil service.”

This was the statement of Civil Service Commission (CSC) Caraga regional director Resurreccion Pueyo, during the Regional Development Council – Development Administration Committee (RDC-DAC) second quarter meeting held here recently.

“As mandated, the CSC shall also strengthen the merit and rewards system, integrate all human resource development programs for all levels and ranks, and institutionalize a management climate conducive to public accountability,” said Pueyo.

In line with this mandate, Pueyo revealed that the CSC shall also serve as model for all public institutions, and there is a need to develop standards which will be the guide in the formulation of programs/systems, provision of developmental interventions, and assessment and rewarding of excellent human resource management programs, systems and practices in the public sector. 

“The Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) is a program of assessment, assistance and recognition of HRM excellence using global HR standards. It supports the attainment of the Commission’s vision of becoming Asia’s Center of Excellence in Human Resource (HR) and Organizational Development (OD) by 2030,” Pueyo disclosed.

It was learned that under the PRIME-HRM, CSC HRM assessment, assistance, and award are envisioned to be more strategic, as it shifts from merely monitoring of compliance with regulations and guidelines, to establishing globally accepted HR maturity level indicators/standards. These indicators/standards will be used in searching for best practices, providing interventions, and recognizing agencies that excel in formulating and implementing strategic HR programs, practices, and standards. The maturity level indicators serve as a yardstick for assessing, assisting, and celebrating/awarding HR excellence that would create a positive impact on public service delivery and citizen satisfaction. 

“The program also aims to: serve as a search mechanism for best practices in human resource management; serve as a venue for exchange and development of expertise in the area of human resource management between and among government agencies; empower agencies in the performance of human resource management functions; and promote and reward excellent human resource management practice,” emphasized Pueyo.

The program covers all national and local government agencies, including government- owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) with original charter, state universities and colleges (SUCs), as well as regional offices of agencies with HR offices/units. PRIME-HRM shall involve all HRMOs, heads of agencies, supervisors and rank and file employees.

Accreditation under PRIME-HRM is a recognition of an agency’s performance in terms of its HRM implementation. It empowers an agency to become self- managed in human resource management and development and confers on it certain rights, privileges, and responsibilities in recognition of its passing PRIME- HRM assessment based on established HR maturity level standards. Under PRIME-HRM, agencies are classified as follows:

Regulated (Level I) - The agency HR systems, competencies, and practices are assessed as Maturity Level I (Transactional). It has not fully demonstrated readiness to exercise delegated HR functions and needs to be subjected to regular monitoring/assistance by the Commission.

Accredited (Level II) – The agency HR systems, practices, and competencies are assessed as Maturity Level II (Process-defined). It has demonstrated readiness to exercise delegated HR functions. The Commission grants Level II Accredited agencies the authority to take final action on appointments.

Deregulated (Level III) – The agency has distinguished itself as “excellent” in all or some areas of human resource management and the core HR systems, practices, and competencies are assessed as Maturity Level 3 (Integrated). On top of the authority to take final action on appointments, deregulated agencies may establish and implement their own HR mechanisms without prior approval of the Commission.

The CSC has been an active member agency of the RDC-DAC and has been getting involved in the efforts for the welfare of government employees. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


CCAP, PCCP to hold 13th annual general membership meeting, training conference

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 15 (PIA) – The Cold Chain Association of the Philippines (CCAP), in coordination with the Philippine Cold Chain Project (PCCP) is set to hold this year’s 13th Annual General Membership Meeting and Training Conference on June 3-6, 2015 in Surigao City.

According to PCCP Chief of Party Dan Gudahl, this year’s conference entitled “Expanding Outreach: Building the Carga Cold Chain Network” is in line with CCAP’s pursuit of its mission to promote and upgrade operating practices and standards in the cold chain industry.

“The event will feature an update on the latest developments within the various aspects of the cold chain industry, as well as provide insights into new technologies, materials and equipment which may assist in improving operating efficiencies, productivity and quality,” Gudahl bared.

Gudahl also revealed that about 200 CCAP members from the different parts of the country are expected to attend said activity, which include USDA, local chief executives, and PCCP stakeholders.

CCAP is a mutli-sectoral grouping of companies and professional organizations from different parts of the country involved in the various processes and activities in managing the supply chain for perishable food products. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DepEd calls on SurSur community to take part in Brigada Eskwela

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 15 (PIA) – Dr. Gregoria Su, schools city division superintendent here, has called on the local community to take part in the Brigada Eskwela set on May 18-24, 2015.

Through Roger Lozada, secondary school principal II and Engr. Sarah Estrada, executive president of Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) of Jacinto P. Elpa National High School (JPENHS), the DepEd chief has likewise sought media help to be a “partner in our advocacy for the weeklong activity.

The said office said media can “help us generate resources in doing minor repairs, painting, and cleaning of school campuses.”

It has even offered to media “tax incentives of up to 150 percent,” citing Republic Act 8525.

Likewise, it was learned the official school year begins on June 1, 2015 and ends April 1, 2016. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur PPOC expresses support to BBL

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 15 (PIA) – The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) in Surigao del Sur chaired by Governor Johnny Pimentel has expressed support to the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

“Carried unanimously by the members present,” Resolution No. 05, series of 2015, entitled Expressing Support To The Proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) Subject To The Amendments To Be Introduced By Congress, was passed during the meeting of the PPOC-Crisis Management Committee (CMC) held on May 6, 2015 at the PGO Conference Room, Capitol, this city, which the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) facilitated, being the secretariat, according to Ma. Lourdes Martinez, DILG outcome manager.

Both solons of the province—Congressmen Philip Pichay and Florencio Garay of the 1st and 2nd District, respectively—have already endorsed the same, the DILG manager added.

Its adoption has been attested by Pedrito Alacaba, DILG provincial chief and PPOC secretariat chair, and certified as well by Governor Pimentel, it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Agrarian coops join Surigao Norte agri-trade fair 2015

By Daryll Tumbaga, Maricho Montilla

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 15 (PIA) – A total of eight assisted agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) were tapped by the provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Surigao del Norte (DAR-SDN) to participate in the 2015 Surigao del Norte agri-trade fair from May 9-15, 2015 held at the Provincial Sports Complex Oval, this city.

The said ARBOs displayed and showcased their organization’s priced products in the DAR-SDN booth.

The ARBOs’ products are Pure Tableya of Honrado Farmers Credit Cooperative (HONFACRECO); Dried Pijanga of Magpayang Rural Farmers Producers Cooperative (MARUFAPCO); Nipa Vinegar of Cabugao First Farmers Consumers Cooperative (CAFIFACOCO); Banana Chips and Calamay of Trinidad Farmers Agra Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TRIFAMCO); Turmeric Herbal Powder of Garcia Farmers and Fisherfolks Credit Cooperative (GAFFARCRECO); Dried Squid of Cantapoy Farmers and Fishermen Credit Cooperative (CAFFCRECO); Coconut Candy and Papaya Pickle of Barangay Uno Poblacion Credit Cooperative (BUPCC); and Poot-poot (salted fish) of Januza Coastal Farmers and Fisherfolks Association (LaJaCoFFA).

Crops, fisheries, livestock and processed products of the different municipalities of Surigao del Norte are being sold in the said fair.

The said trade fair dubbed “Ato Ini! Produkto ug Pagkaong Surigaonon” is spearheaded by the provincial government of Surigao del Nort in line with the 114th founding anniversary of One Surigao anchored on the theme “Empowering Communities Through Sustainable Agri-Tourism Development.” (SDR/DAR-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


AgNor conducts ToT for anti-drug abuse council members

By Ormela Mae B. Lagapa

BUTUAN CITY, May 15 (PIA) - The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) of Agusan del Norte recently conducted a 4-day Training of Trainers (ToT) for the Anti-Drug Abuse Councils on May 5-8, 2015 at Mazaua Island Resort, this city.

The participants are the members of the Provincial, City and Municipal Anti- Drug Abuse Councils.

The Trainers’ Training aims to capacitate the council members to capacitate and activate all barangay anti-drug abuse councils in their respective area of responsibility.   

Provincial Governor Angel Amante- Matba calls out for passion and desire "to save our communities from illegal drugs, a menace that kills our community like cancer."

She stressed that the call is more than just an obligation to serve the government. "Now is the time that we must join hands and stop this before it gets bigger than our own lives, our loved ones, our families and our community. Now is the time, not tomorrow,” said Gov. Matba.

The ToT also emphasized that the illegal drugs is not solely the responsibility of the concerned national government agencies like Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Philippine National Police (PNP) but the major bulk of responsibility lies within the local government units through the Anti-Drug Abuse Councils.

Other topics include the prohibited acts under Republic Act 9165, ill-effects of illegal drugs, drug-free workplace program, drug enforcement protocols, barangay drug clearing operations, advocacy and communications, best practices, awards and incentives, and strategic planning.

Among the resource speakers are PDEA Caraga regional director Julius R. Navales, PNP Caraga regional director PCSupt. David Y. Ombao, acting regional state prosecutor Marigel D. Hugo, DILG provincial director Romeo A. Solis, and Atty. Ramy F. Duropan.

The Provincial Training Team is composed of the technical officers from PDEA 13, PNP Agusan del Norte and DILG Agusan del Norte. (DILG-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Tagalog News: Gobyerno nanatiling bukas para pag-usapan ang kapayapaan kasama ang mga rebeldeng komunista, sabi ni Pangulong Aquino

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, May 15 (PIA) - Sinabi ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III na ang kanyang administrasyon ay nanatiling bukas sa usapang pangkapayapaan kasama ang mga komunistang rebelde pero idiniin na kailangang sila ay magpakita ng sinseridad bago simulang muli ang nakabinbin na negosasyon.

"Ang gobyerno parating bukas makipag-usap ng kapayapaan. Pero kailangan naman makita natin ang sinseridad," sinabi ng Pangulo sa Bombo Radyo Philippines noong eksklusibo siyang kinapanayam na ginawa sa Malakanyang.

Ang usapan sa pagitan ng pamahalaan at ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas- New People’s Army- National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) ay bumagsak pagkatapos na ang CPP-NPA-NDF ay hiniling ng pagpalaya ng kanilang mga consultants na nasa pag-iingat ng gobyerno.

Maliban sa isyu ng mga consultants, sinabi ni Pangulong Aquino na ang kopunan ng mga komunista ay mag-alay ng espesyal na pamaraan para ang pag-uusap ay maibalik pero umatras sa kalaunan.

Naalala din niya na ilang buwan ang nakaraan, may natanggap siyang mga ulat mula sa kanyang tagapayo ng kapayapaan na sa halip manatili sa talaan ng mga malalaking hiling, gumawa rin ang mga rebelde ng mga hindi realistikong hiling na imposibleng maaabot.

"Imbes na magkaroon lang ng pinakasentrong mga demands, pinalaki nang pinalaki nang pinalaki, parang sinabi na ring, ‘imposible itong mga demands na gugustuhin namin para hindi matuloy itong usapan’," ayon sa presidente.

"Kaya, hinihintay lang natin ‘yung sinseridad nila para naman may patunguhan. Hindi iyong parang mekanismo lang para pakinabangan lang nila at hindi ng sambayanan. Kung maipapakita ‘yung sinseridad, bakit hindi tayo mag-umpisa ng usapan ulit?" dagdag niya. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)