Tuesday, 20 August 2013

IRRI conducts Retirement Livelihood Programs



IRRI conducted information sessions and site visits as part of the Retirement Livelihood Programs on 14-15 August 2013.  The program entitled “Enrichment Opportunities: There is More After Retirement” aims to help headquarters-based participants prepare for their retirement.

The program was conducted in partnership with the Philippines Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region IV-A, and was organized by Human Resource Services.

The seminar, which was attended by nearly 50 participants from different organizational units, kicked off with an overview of DOST Programs which was presented by DOST Region IV-A’s Regional Director, Dr. Alexander Madrigal. It was closely followed by the sharing of success stories of selected Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). These stories included “Hitting it Big with Kukutin” which was presented by Dr. Norma Cordoves of Golden Arrow Food Enterprises; “Kakanin Lovin” which was discussed by Mr. Nicanor Dimayuga of D’ Lover’s Line Bibingka; “Aiming Health and Wealth in Organic Farming” which was explained by Dr. Sammy Crucido of Corleon Farm; and, “Negosyong Pampaganda, Patok sa Masa” which was presented by Ms. Sherill Quintana of ORYSPA Spa Solutions. The event concluded with “Financial Wealth Management & Investment Opportunities” which was discussed by Mr. Arnel Magpily of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - Laguna.

A number of site visits followed on 15 August 2013, when the business sites of the following successful  MSMEs were visited: D’ Lover’s Line Bibingka and Tanauan Packaging and Service Center in Batangas, Amira’s Buco Tart Haus, Faner’s Flower and Vegetable Farm/Hydrophonics Farming and Delfa’s Food Products in Cavite, and ORYSPA Spa Solutions in Laguna.

The site visits provided further information on retirement livelihood programs, allowing participants to meet the MSMEs proprietors, view production sites, and learn practical business tips.

“Enrichment Opportunities: There is More After Retirement” is part of IRRI’s Employee Assistance Programs. For inquiries, please contact HRS Workplace Relations & Advisory Services at ext. 2363 or send email to irrihrs-wras@irri.org.



Working Committee for a New IFEA Model being created

A new working committee is being created to evaluate the current IRRI Filipino Employee’s Association (IFEA) model in light of the many changes that have occurred at IRRI in recent years and the needs of IRRI and NRS going forward.

This committee will recommend an appropriate model (or models) which would be better suited to the new IRRI environment. The committee will be composed of headquarters-based staff and management. In their work, the committee will identify best practices, and consult with a range of IRRI staff and management so as to gain input from staff at all job levels.

The committee will produce a draft of the new IFEA model for discussion with the HRS Director by 20 December 2013.

For inquiries, please contact Joyce Finegan of HRS-Workplace Relations & Advisory Services at x2623 or send email to joyce.finegan@irri.org.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Staff consultation sessions ready to begin on draft NRS Career Paths

The development of career paths for Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) has been underway for some time. Following the recent completion of the NRS Standard Job Profiles and the IRRI Job Dictionary, the new draft Appointment and Promotion Guidelines for NRS is now ready to share with staff through a series of consultation sessions.

In the coming weeks, staff from a range of disciplines and job levels, based at headquarters and country offices, will be invited to join workshops to give feedback on the draft. Schedules and venues will soon be announced in an internal email. All feedback received will be carefully considered in the process of finalizing the career paths.

Please email HRS-Workplace Relations & Advisory Services at irrihrs-wras@irri.org for more details.


IRRI holds Media Skills Training for Senior Professionals

First batch participants
IRRI holds Media Skills Training (MST) for Senior Professionals on 5-6 August 2013 (Batch 1) and 7 August 2013 (Batch 2) at headquarters.

The workshop aims to help the participants to take control of the media “transaction” through intense preparations and delivery techniques. It also enables participants to devise a robust strategic position that can be delivered in any media situation; perform in a more confident and comfortable way in front of reporters, microphones and cameras; and, recognize how their voice and body language can help or hinder a media performance.

Second batch participants
First batch of participants include Lizbeth Barrona (PR), Raul Boncodin (PBGB), Jacqueline Dionora (C4), Gladys Ebron (PR), Antonio Evangelista (PBGB), Ma. Aileen Garcia (PR), Shanta Karki (C4), Rowena Oane (PBGB), Norman Oliva (PBGB), Isaiah Catalino Pabuayon (PBGB), Jessica Rey (PBGB), Eric Reynoso (PBGB), Malikarjuna Swamy (PBGB), Lina Torrizo (PBGB), and Nikolaos Tsakirpaloglou (PBGB). Second batch of participants include Gerard Barry (PBGB), Bas Bouman (DGO), Glenn Gregorio (PBGB), Corinta Guerta (DER), Inez Slamet-Loedin (PBGB), Prabhjit Chadha-Mohanty (PBGB), Eugeniano Perez III (LS), and Bruce Tolentino (DDG-CP).

The training was facilitated by Andy Hitchcock and Andrew Ogden of Broadcast Media Services (BMS) in UK. The event was organized by Human Resource Services in partnership with Public Relations Office.

For inquiries on future Learning & Development (L&D) Programs, please contact the HRS People Development Services at x2824 or send email to irrihrs-opds@irri.org or access the L&D online calendar at irri.org.



Philippine Magna Carta for Women info session to include in the IRRI Employee Orientation Program for HQ-based NRS

HQ-based NRS are welcome to attend an Information Seminar on Employee Benefits and Services on 14 August 2013 (10:00 AM) at the Umali Room C, DL Umali Building. This Information Seminar is part of the regularly held Employee Orientation Program.

During this month’s session, the new Special Leave Benefits (SLB) for women under the Philippine Magna Carta for Women will be featured. Please click here for more details on the SLB for women.

Please contact any member of the HRS Compensation and Benefits Team at HQ x2407 for further information.


Tuesday, 6 August 2013

IRRI’s Salinity Tolerance Breeding wins the 2013 mid-year SATA



The Salinity Tolerance Breeding Team in Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology (PBGB) has won the 2013 mid-year Semi-Annual Team Award (SATA).

Lead by Dr. Glenn Gregorio, Senior Scientist I, the members of the team have received the SATA in recognition of their work in releasing and delivering six varieties in a short period of time, improving screening methods, combining tolerance for multiple stresses, training many students, and producing documentation that demonstrates the positive impact of their work to farmers. The team is composed of Junrey Amas, Research Assistant; Marydee Arceta, Researcher; Aniceta Barretto, Researcher; Rollin Deocampo, Research Technician III; Angelito Francisco, Research Technician III; Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, Postdoctoral Fellow; Michelle Racelis, Secretary III; Andres Godwin Sajise, Associate Scientist; Rakesh Kumar Singh, Senior Scientist II; and Naireen Aiza Vispo, Researcher.

The team was chosen after a nomination process which began at Organizational Unit (OU) level and which has included a detailed review and assessment by the SATA Selection Committee, and finally, the Director General.

The IRRI Semi-Annual Team Awards (SATA) Program was created to recognize team achievements, and to support existing programs through which outstanding contributions and performance are recognized. For inquiries and future nominations, please contact HRS-Workplace Relations and Advisory Services at irrihrs-wras@irri.org.



3 staff receive the IRRI Manager’s Discretionary Award



In recognition of their extraordinary work, three staff based at IRRI headquarters received IRRI Manager's Discretionary Awards (MDA) in July. The winners are Roldan Ilagan, Research Technician III (GQNC), Maria Concepcion Lotho, Officer (PBGB); and Fernando Salisi, Research Technician II (GQNC).

The winners were chosen after a nomination process which began at Organizational Unit (OU) level and which included a review and assessment by the relevant Deputy Director General.

IRRI’s Manager’s Discretionary Awards Program enables managers (NRS Job Levels 7 to 8, PDF and IRS) to recognize single instances of extraordinary work performed by IRRI Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS). For inquiries and future nominations, please contact HRS-Workplace Relations and Advisory Services at irrihrs-wras@irri.org.



IRRI welcomes first female driver at HQ Transport Services


IRRI welcomes Ms. Mary Ann Songcaya, the first female driver at HQ Transport Services.

Under the supervision of LBCSI contract agency, Mary Ann or “Me-Ann”, as she prefers to be called, brings her 17 years of professional driving experience to the Institute, along with her skills in repairing and maintaining vehicles.

Me-Ann looks forward to joining her fellow Transport team members in providing quality driving support services to the IRRI community.

IRRI partners with DOST Region IV-A to launch Info Session on Retirement Livelihood Programs

An Information Session on Retirement Livelihood Programs will be held on 14 August 2013 with this year’s theme: “Enrichment Opportunities: There is More After Retirement”.

In partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region IV-A, lead by Regional Director Dr. Alex Madrigal, the program is aimed at inspiring the program participants through the success stories of the speakers and also presenting practical business options in investments that will help them to better prepare for retirement.

HQ-based staff interested in participating, may click here for program details.

The “Enrichment Opportunities: There is More After Retirement” information session is part of IRRI’s Employee Assistance Programs. For inquiries, please contact HRS Workplace Relations & Advisory Services at ext. 2363 or send email to irrihrs-wras@irri.org.