Thursday, 18 December 2014

Employees recognized for years of service and exemplary performance

The 2014 Gems of IRRI: Annual Service Award recipients, celebrating
their 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service

The Gems of IRRI: Annual Service Awards and Employee Recognition Program, which brings the IRRI community together to acknowledge the years of service and celebrate the accomplishments of staff members, took place on 12 December 2014 at headquarters. The ceremony also recognized the winners of the Year-end 2013 & Mid-year 2014 Semi-Annual Team Awards (SATA) and the Manager’s Discretionary Awards (MDA). Deputy Director General for Research Matthew Morell, Director for Human Resource Services Christine Croombes and Director for External Relations Corinta Guerta presented the plaques and certificates of recognition to the program recipients.

L to R: Carlos Huelma, Cecilia Salonga, and Alfredo Mazaredo delivered their inspiring speech
during the awarding ceremony

During the ceremony, three of the selected service award-honorees were invited on stage to share their inspiring experiences of working at IRRI. They are: Carlos Huelma, Senior Specialist at Seed Health Unit (30-years); Cecilia Salonga, Secretary III at Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology (35-years); and Alfredo Mazaredo, Manager at Physical Plant Services (40-year). Carlos, Cecilia and Alfredo felt honored for the opportunity to share the challenges and the achievements that they have accomplished during their service at IRRI.

L to R (top): Celebration Treat / Thanksgiving Dinner at IRRI Recreation Center; Christine Croombes (HRS Director).
L to R (bottom): Joyce Finegan (HRS-WRAS Manager); Margeorie Vasquez (HRS-WRAS Advisor)
and Vito Butardo, Jr. (GQNC Post Doctoral Fellow)

A Celebration Treat / Thanksgiving Dinner followed after the ceremony where HRS Director Christine Croombes gave her welcome greetings and congratulatory message. HRS Workplace Relations & Advisory Services (HRS-WRAS) Manager Joyce Finegan expressed her gratitude to the 2014 Working Committee for extending their assistance and valuable contribution in making the event successful. Strings & Quartet rendered some light and glamorous music, making the occasion more special. HRS-WRAS Advisor Margeorie Vasquez and Grain Quality & Nutrition Center (GQNC) Post Doctoral Fellow Vito Butardo, Jr. lively hosted the program.


Service Awards recipients

Figure 1
As shown in Figure 1, a total of 113 employees were awarded, consisting of both Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) and Globally Recruited Staff (GRS) at Headquarters and Country Offices. Of the total recipients, 23.0% (n=26) has served IRRI for 10 years; 19.5% (n=22) for 15 years; 15.0% (n=17) for 20 years; 6.2% (n=7) for 25 years; 26.5% (n=30) for 30 years; 8.8% (n=10) for 35 years; and 0.9% (n=1) for 40 years.

Figure 2
Majority of the service award recipients in headquarters, as shown in Figure 2, are from Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology (PBGB), comprising 24.7% (n=28) of the overall program participants. Next to PBGB were Crop & Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) with 18.5% (n=21); Physical Plant Services (PPS) with 7.08% (n=8); and both Experiment Station (ES) and T.T Chang - Genetic Resources Center (TTC-GRC) with 5.31% (n=6) each. In country offices, 2.65% (n=3) were from Bangladesh Office and 3.54% (n=4) from Thailand Office.


SATA and MDA Program recipients

L to R: SATA winners - STAR/PBtools Development Team of the Biometrics & Breeding Informatics in Plant Breeding, Genetics, & Biotechnology (2013 Year-end) and Geographic Information System (GIS) of the Social Sciences Division (2014 Mid-year)

The SATA winners include STAR/PBtools Development Team of the Biometrics & Breeding Informatics in Plant Breeding, Genetics, & Biotechnology (2013 Year-end) and Geographic Information System (GIS) of the Social Sciences Division (2014 Mid-year). Previous HR News posted online provided more information of the winners.

Figure 3                                                       Figure 4

Overall, HRS received 76.4% (n=13) SATA program nominations in 2014 (Figure 3). This showed an increase of 52.9% in the applications compared from the previous year of only 23.5% (n=4). As shown in Figure 4, majority of the nominations, since its first program implementation in 2013, came from Plant Breeding Genetics & Biotechnology (PBGB) with 35.0% (n=6); T.T. Chang Genetic Resources Center (TTC-GRC) with 17.0% (n=3); Crop & Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) and Events, Visitors & Exhibits Office (EVEO) with 12.0% (n=2); and Social Sciences Division (SSD), Experiment Station (ES), Information Technology Services (ITS), and Communication Unit with 6% (n=1) each.

L to R: Wenceslao Larazo (on behalf of the late Oscar Gonzales), Jack Elendil Lagare, Merlito Frias, Jr., Ronilo Guevarra, Argem Gerald Flores, Christine Croombes (Director - Human Resource Services), Corinta Guerta (Director - External Relations), Ria Anna Dimapilis, Ramon Oliveros, and Matthew Morell (Deputy Director General -Research)

On the other hand, the MDA winners in 2014 are Jack Elendil Lagare, Systems Analyst / Programmer (PBGB); Argem Gerald Flores, Systems Analyst / Programmer (PBGB); the late Oscar Gonzales, Research Technician II (PBGB); Merlito Frias, Jr., Research Technician II (PBGB); Ronilo Guevarra, Research Technician II (PBGB); Mary Archana Costa, Secretary III (Bangladesh Office); Lizbeth BaroƱa - Edra, Science & Development Communication Specialist (Communication Unit); Apinporn Phuengwattanapanich, Assistant Manager II (Thailand Office); Ramon Oliveros, Executive Assistant I (DDG-CP Office); and Ria Anna Dimapilis, Assistant Manager II (EVEO). Previous HR News posted online provided more information of the winners.

Figure 5                                                   Figure 6

As shown in Figure 5, HRS received 37.0% (n=10) MDA nominations in 2014. There is however, a decrease of 25.9% in the applications compared from the previous year of 63.0% (n=17). As illustrated in Figure 6, majority of the nominations at headquarters, since its first program implementation in June 2013, came from Plant Breeding Genetics and Biotechnology with 29.0% (n=8); Experiment Station (ES) with 26.0% (n=7); Grain Quality & Nutrition Center (GQNC) with 11.0% (n=3); Communication Unit with 7.0% (n=2); and Donor Relations & Project Coordination (DRPC), Events Visitors & Exhibits Office (EVEO), Office of the Deputy Director General for Communication & Partnerships (DDG-CP), and Human Resource Services (HRS) with 4.0% (n=1) each. For country offices, majority of the MDA nominations came from India Office (IIO), Bangladesh Office (IBO) and Thailand Office (ITO) with 4.0% (n=1) each.

IRRI through HRS Workplace Relations & Advisory Services continue to provide a meaningful employee recognition programs to staff. For related inquiries on Annual Service Awards and Employee Recognition Program or future SATA and MDA nominations, please contact HRS-WRAS team at HQ ext. 2935 / 2363 or send email to irrihrs-wras@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-135



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