Tuesday, 30 October 2012

17 staff received PRINCE2 certification

The PRINCE2 Foundation Certification course was held for IRRI staff on 22-25 October 2012, organized by Human Resource Services. This is IRRI's fourth delivery following the pilot program late last year.

The workshop was attended by Vina Alvarez, Sarah Beebout, Nancy Castilla, Joong Hyoun Chin, Bertrand Collard, Joyce Finegan, Loretta Hempsall, S.V. Krishna Jagadish, Tsung-Wei Lai, Ramil Mauleon, Prabhjit Chadha-Mohanty, Andrew Nelson, Ma. Angeles Quilloy, Maricor Zen Reyes, Charizabel Sapiandante, Marco van den Berg, and Tara Shyam.

PRINCE2 is a process-based approach for project management, providing an easily tailored and scaleable project management methodology for the management of all types of projects. The method is the de-facto standard for project management in the UK and is practiced worldwide.

The program was facilitated by Vincent Marsi of HiLogic.

For inquiries and future PRINCE2 schedules, please contact Annabelle Aquino of the HRS Organization and People Development Services at x2824 or send email to a.aquino@irri.org.

October 2012 Orientation Program held

Human Resource Services welcomed 19 new IRRI employees in the October 2012 Employee Orientation Program.

In addition to newly-hired employees, HRS extends invitation to staff with longer service but have not had the opportunity to attend the orientation program in the past.

For inquiries and future orientation schedules, please contact Annabelle Aquino of the HRS Organization and People Development Services at x2824 or send email to a.aquino@irri.org.


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

HRS continues to receive early retirement applications from local staff

Human Resource Services (HRS) delivered information sessions on the Mutually Agreed Voluntary Early Retirement Program (ERP) on 2 and 4 October 2012, attended by HQ-based nationally recruited staff from both research and support professions.

The ERP is a voluntary scheme, giving due consideration to both the employee age and length of service (LOS). The program offers a package of benefits to participants through a carefully formulated set of guidelines. It provides an opportunity for staff who have positively contributed to the Institute over many years to take a well-deserved early retirement. In addition, the program supports IRRI’s staffing approach by providing a mechanism to enable internal career movement and encourage succession planning.

Interested applicants should submit their ERP-related application forms to Katrina Zapanta from the HRS Workplace Relations & Advisory Services (WRAS) on or before 26 November 2012.

For inquiries, please contact Katrina at ext. 2363 or any member of the HRS team.


Tuesday, 2 October 2012

IRRI ITS staff dies at 61

Grief that is deep and personal fills our heart this sad moment as our beloved Ildefonso “Kuya Boy” Cosico has peacefully closed the door of life and departed from us last Saturday, 29th September.

From the words of Albert Einstein, he said, “the value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.” In one word, Kuya Boy was a man who gave. He gave so much to his family, work, and to his IRRI friends and colleagues.

Boy first joined IRRI as Statistical Clerk I and II from October 1975 to May 1980 at the Agricultural Economics Department. Later, he became Field Aide III at the same unit from June 1980 to December 1983.

Since January 1984 he worked with the Information Technology Services (ITS) department (formerly Computer Center and later renamed Computer Services Division) as Statistical Aide I & II, Console Operator, Systems Administrator, and Officer - Systems Administrator respectively.

Boy saw many generations of information technology hardware, software, and humanware and had adapted to every iteration with a professional attitude that made him ‘the rock’ of our institutional technology infrastructure.

In his 37 years in the Institute, Boy was a team player, generously giving his knowledge, expertise and skills. He was also a wonderful friend and a great colleague to IRRI staff. The life he lived can be summed up in a few words: sincere, earnest and loyal.

Boy worked with passion, commitment and energy in his career. All of us, who knew him, will miss a charming and generous individual. Our sorrow is slightly lessened with the comforting thought that we had the privilege of knowing him.

Goodbye, Boy. We will all miss you.

Written by ITS team

HRS announces release of their new web presence at irri.org

Human Resource Services (HRS) is pleased to announce the release of their new web presence at irri.org which can be accessed through clicking on "Come Work with Us" from the "Our People" menu.

Their new web presence offers Human Resource-related information for their internal and external customers, including:
  • General information about HRS
  • Jobs at IRRI
  • Working at IRRI
  • Employee Orientation Program
  • Workplace relations initiatives
  • Compensation and benefits
  • IRRI Policies
  • IRRI People and their stories
  • and more!
They hope that you will enjoy the new web presence and will find the information helpful. Over the coming months they will continue to add more content.

If you have any questions on the HRS web presence, or would like to give your feedback, please feel free to contact any member of the HRS team.

Visit the new HRS web presence today!

Sophie Clayton speaks at the Mentoring Lunch

Sophie Clayton, IRRI’s Public Relations Manager, shared her perspectives about her mentoring experiences during the September 25 Mentoring Lunch.

Mentoring lunches are held to give mentor-mentee pairs the opportunity to get together on a regular basis and continue discussions in an informal atmosphere.

At each gathering, a speaker is invited to share personal thoughts on mentoring, and to interact with the mentoring pairs.

This is part of the on-going support to mentoring at IRRI, which is organized by the Human Resource Services (HRS).

For inquiries and future Mentoring Program schedules, please contact Annabelle Aquino of the HRS Organization and People Development Services at x2824 or send email to a.aquino@irri.org.