Tuesday, 11 June 2013

IRRI staff get annual flu shots

The Institute’s annual Flu Vaccination Program was held on 6-7 June 2013, with more than 800 hundred employees and their dependents benefiting.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

27th IRRI-UPLB Dual Meet Held

IRRI hosted the 27th IRRI-UPLB Dual Meet which was held on May 31 – June 1, 2013 at the UPLB Copeland Gym. Fiona Farrell, Director of Human Resource Services (DHRS) and Fernando Sanchez Jr., Vice Chancellor for Planning & Development of the University of the Philippines - Los Baños (UPLB) led the opening ceremony of this year’s dual meet. The theme “Palaro sa Pistahan” (or Feast Games) was inspired by the celebration of the Philippines’ National Year of Rice – where this country is known for celebrating many different festivals as part of its rich and vibrant culture.

IRRI seized the championship this year by winning in these events: swimming (women), bowling (women), softball (men & women), basketball (men), soccer (men), volleyball (women), badminton (women), dama, tug of war (men), plank walk (men & women), load carrying/pole bending, and the cheer dance competition.

HRS Workplace Relations & Advisory Services team would like to thank all those who have helped in making the event successful.

17 staff attended PRINCE2 Foundation Course

The 7th PRINCE2 Foundation Certification course was held on May 28-31, 2013 at IRRI headquarters. The program was facilitated by Gerald Ebenezer of HiLogic.

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 participants were composed of employees from IRRI as well as from other centers including Carlos Alonso (WorldFish), Mylah Rystie Anacleto (PBGB), Eunice Andarin (HRS), Joy Hasmin Delos Reyes (CESD), Tara Chand Dhoundiyal (IRRI India Office), Alice Laborte (SSD), Salvie Mariñas (DDG-CP), Duncan Macintosh (DO), and staff from CIFOR in Indonesia including Made Dwi Astuti, Erisa, Hiasinta Lestari, Florence Munoh, Ani Adiwinata Nawir, Flore Ndong, Nia Sabarniati, Lumongga Siburian, and Endah Yuliyanti.

For inquiries and future PRINCE2 schedules, please contact the HRS People Development Services at x2824 or send email to irrihrs-opds@irri.org.

IRRI India Office holds training on Gender and Diversity

The IRRI India Office spent a week getting to grips with Gender and Diversity issues. The training facilitated by the Corporate Service Team brought together participants from across India and Bangladesh and from a variety of disciplines. In a series of lively and interactive sessions conducted by Farrah Quereshi of Global Diversity Practice, the groups explored unconscious bias and worked toward a better understanding of structural inequalities. At the end of the week, a smaller team held a brain-storming session on how best to put the lessons learned into practice. Their work will form the basis of a strategy to be further elaborated by a Gender and Diversity Committee in the coming weeks.

All agreed that the training was useful, thought-provoking and boosted team spirit. It is hoped that a course for staff unable to participate on this occasion can be run in the future.

Participants were: Lamina Agarwal, Gopal Agarwal, TC Dhoundiyal, R Ganeshmoorthy, P Janarthana, Puneet Khurana, Vijay Kumar Marthi, Bidhan Mohapatra, Sonya McGuinness, Amit Mishra, Swati Nayak, Poornima Shankar, Atul Singhal, Savita Sharma  on May 20-21 and A.K Agnihotri, Manjoor Dar, Kamala Gurung, Dayam Khan, C. Khanda, Arvind Kumar, Bidyuth Mahalder, Frank Mussgnug, Mugaloda Ramesha, Arindam Samaddar, Nova Sarker, Sheetal Sharma, Sudhanshu Singh, Rajan Yadav, Takashi Yamano and Najam Waris Zaidi on May 22-23.