Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Q2-2014 Health & Wellness Fair and Flu Vaccination Program held for HQ-based staff and dependents

IRRI headquarters, June 20 – A total of 1356 HQ-based employees and their dependents have registered for this year's flu vaccination program.

Committed to providing wellness programs to enhance the general well-being of its employees and their dependents, IRRI also held the Q2-2014 Health & Wellness Fair on the same day, which included free vitamins and medical services. This was the first time that a health & wellness fair was merged with the annual Flu Vaccination Program.

The event was organized by Human Resources Services (HRS) – Workplace Relations & Advisory Services.

The next and final schedule for those who have availed but were not available to get their flu shots last June 20 are scheduled on July 19 at IRRI-HQ Medical Clinic from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The Flu Vaccination and Q2-2014 Health & Wellness Fair are part of the Workplace Wellness Programs for staff and dependents. For related inquiries, please email HRS-WRAS at HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-078

2nd Managing Employee Performance Workshop

IRRI holds the second Managing Employee Performance Workshop on 17-18 June 2014 at headquarters.

18 HQ-based staff attended the workshop. Participants were Eunice Andarin (HRS), Vanica Apostol (PBGB), Akshaya Kumar Biswal  (PGBG), Joong Hyoun Chin (PBGB), Eric John Cruz (GQNC), Erik Jon De Asis (PBGB), Ma. Stephanie Dwiyanti (PBGB), Buyung Hadi (CESD), Ma. Rebecca Laza (CESD), Jennine Rose Lapis (GQNC), Mallikarjuna Swamy (PBGB), Benedict Pamatmat (PO), Julius RaƱada (C4), Nida Reyes (HRS), Ryan Romasanta (CESD), Suchit Shrestha (PBGB), Adam Sparks (PBGB), and Violeta Villegas (PBGB).

Customized for IRRI, the two-day workshop is a 9-module program that aims to develop the people handling skills of supervisors and enable them to understand the value and benefits of performance coaching as an important factor in preparing the Institute's future leaders.

The workshop was facilitated by Art Cruz, managing consultant at Guthrie-Jensen, a management training and consultancy firm in the Philippines. They previously held series of workshops at IRRI headquarters such as Effective Presentation Skills and Effective Business Writing.

For inquiries or registration on upcoming HRS Learning & Development Programs, please contact HRS Organization & People Development Services (HRS-OPDS) at HQ ext. 2824 or send email to HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-077

IRRI participates in the Devex Forum 2014 in Manila

IRRI's Human Resource Services (HRS) participated in the Devex Forum in Manila on 10-11 June 2014.

Devex Career Forums have been held in Washington DC, London, Brussels, and Nairobi, bringing together the world's leading development agencies with experienced development professionals. During the event, participants have an opportunity to network with others as well as join panel discussions for practical professional development advice and insight into current development recruitment trends.

The event was attended by mid- to senior-level professionals with 7+ years of experience in global development, technical expertise, managerial background, project management skills, and advanced degrees in relevant fields of study.

IRRI HRS representatives in the event were Selene Ocampo, Marie Anthonette De Guzman, Brian Hipolito, Jhea Solis, Jamie Valenzuela, Sara van Gaalen, and Dharyll Aquino.

More photos hereHRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-076

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

2014 IRRI Sportsfest: ​"​It’s PaLAY Time 2! opens

IRRI headquarters, May 30 - It was a fun and exciting Friday afternoon when the Institute launched its 37th Sportsfest themed ​"​It’s PaLAY Time 2!” The annual event was organized by HRS Workplace Relations & Advisory Services (HRS-WRAS) in partnership with the recognized sector organizations: IRRI Filipino Scientists Association (IFSA), Society of IRRI Non-research Professionals (SINOP), Association of IRRI Secretaries and Administrative Staff (AISAS), and Association of Fellows, Scholars, Trainees and Residents of IRRI (AFSTRI). This is the first time that HRS had involved the active participation of the sector organizations on various sports events which would last for three months (June - August 2014).

Director for Human Resource Services Christine Croombes delivered the welcoming remarks to officially start the program. The event kicked-off with the awarding of 2013 winners: Violet team at second place with 240 points, Blue team at first place with 290 points, and the Yellow team who bagged last year’s Championship with 310 points. After the awarding ceremony, the 2014 team colors were introduced: Light Blue, Red, and Pink team. The introduction of the new team line-up and coordinators was followed by an oath of sportsmanship lead by Bjoern Ole Sander of Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD).

The most awaited part of the program was the opening of Fun Run at IRRI grounds, which had race categories in 2KM and 4KM. This year’s run was not only intended for the competitive runner, but also to encourage all employees to go out, have fun, meet people, and engage in activities that promote healthy lifestyle. In addition to employees, some of their family members, friends, and other colleagues outside IRRI also participated in the event. Before they have hit their running shoes on the IRRI grounds, they enjoyed a warm-up exercise with the guest dance instructor, DranReb.

The run started and finished at the back of DL Umali Building, which also featured great music, food booths and drinks. At the end of the program, the fastest runners (male and female) in each run category were recognized and all of the registered participants with certificates.

Overall, the event was successfully held, with an increase of 50% participation, as it drew more than 100 runners for this year.

HRS announced the Closing Day of the 2014 Sportsfest, which will happen on a weekend in September where Championship and Traditional Games will be held.

The event was hosted by Margeorie Vasquez and Josh Mendoza of HRS.

The 2014 IRRI Sportsfest: ​"​It’s PaLAY Time 2!" is part of the Institute’s workplace wellness programs. For inquiries on the upcoming sporting events, please contact your respective sector organization representative and team coordinators. For the overall workplace wellness program inquiries, you may contact HRS-WRAS team at HQ ext. 2363 or send email to irrihrs-wras@irri.orgHRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-075

Promotion and transfer opportunities for NRS

In the on-going Mid-year IPaD reviews, HRS opens the opportunity for promotion and transfer for Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS). For details on the process and application forms, please read the NRS Career Path guidelines and a presentation found at

Supervisors may submit the promotion and transfer dossier applications until 4 July 2014 in hard or soft copy to:
  • HQ and Other COs: Jhea Solis, HRS Advisor
  • India & Nepal: Nandita Jain, HRS Business Partner
For any related questions, you may contact Jhea Solis, HRS Advisor, at HQ ext. 2775 or send email to j.l.solis@irri.orgHRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-074

First Aid training held

IRRI holds Essential First Aid Training on Friday, 6 June 2014 at headquarters.

The seminar was attended by twenty-five employees including: Haris Adremisin (FHS), Olivyn Angeles (CESD), Marietta Baraoidan (PBGB), Meldwin Barcala (GRC), Sarah Beebout (CESD), Arnel Cabase (FHS), Eric Jhon Cruz (GQNC), Madonna Angelita Dela Paz (PBGB), Cresenciana Dimaculangan (PBGB), Irene Escoses (FHS), Carlito Escosura Jr. (PBGB), Gio Karlo Evangelista (CESD), Ruth Ann Felismino (EVEO), Paula Bianca Ferrer (Communication), Anilyn Maningas (TC), Nelson Macalintal (IRRI Clinic), Enrico Francisco Mercado (RMQA), Ryan Joshua Mendoza (HRS), Prabhjit Chadha-Mohanty (PBGB), Jessieca Narciso (Communication), Millicent Sanciangco (GRC), Inabat Seytnazarova (CPS), Margeorie Vasquez (HRS), Leigh Vial (ES), and Iman Zaren (GQNC).

The First Aid Training workshop focuses on responding to cardiac and breathing emergencies, including the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED); attending to common first aid emergencies, including burns, cuts, head, neck and back injuries; and recognizing and preventing cardiac arrest.

For inquiries on future Learning & Development (L&D) Programs, please contact HRS Organization & People Development Services (HRS-OPDS) at HQ ext. 2824 or send email to You can also access the 2014 HRS Learning & Development online calendar at myhr.irri.orgHRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-073

UPDATES: 2014 HRS Learning and Development Calendar

Check out our updated Learning & Development (L&D) Calendar for 2014. View online here for details!

Note: Some courses and schedules are still subject to change.

For inquiries and registration on the 2014 L&D programs, please contact HRS Organization & People Development Services (HRS-OPDS) at HQ ext. 2824 or send email to HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-072

Friday, 6 June 2014

APPLICATIONS OPEN: 2014 Mid-year Semi-Annual Team Awards

Deadline for submission of nomination forms on or before 30 June 2014. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-071

2014 IRRI Mid-Year Performance Reviews

HRS reminds all staff of the Mid-Year Performance Reviews which are due on 30 June 2014.

Mid-Year Performance Reviews are an important component of staff’s Individual Performance and Development system (for Nationally Recruited Staff ) and Performance Appraisal System (for Globally Recruited Staff ). They provide an opportunity for staff and their supervisors to consider the objectives set at the start of 2014, review achievements against these objectives, and appraise progress against agreed development plans. During the review, staff and supervisors jointly recognize success, identify challenges, discuss results, review priorities and clarify performance expectations going forward.

Please note that the mid-year discussion does not require a performance rating. Once completed, please email the scanned copy of the completed Mid-Year IPaD and PAS forms to Annabelle Aquino, HRS Administrator, at

For an effective mid-year performance review, we recommend following these steps:

Step Supervisors Staff
1 Schedule a meeting
2 Review your files of what has been accomplished to date. Prepare for the discussion – what have you accomplished against your goals and what are your priorities for the rest of the year.
Share with staff what goals you think they have done effectively so far and give specific examples of what needs to be changed or improved.

Agree on how goals should be prioritized for the remainder of the year.
Ask for feedback on what you are doing well and what you might improve upon.

Discuss what you plan to achieve by the end of the year and ask what your supervisor expects you to achieve in this time frame.
4 Find out what challenges are faced by staff and how you can help address them, then follow through.
Share challenges you have experienced and progress you have made toward your own development plan with your supervisor.

Develop plan to overcome challenges, including identification of tools/resources required from supervisor.
5 Document the discussion and submit IPaD form to HRS.

Please click here to refer to the PAS workflow process and IPaD Manual. You can also access the PAS and IPaD blank forms here.


Together with the IPaD reviews, we are also opening opportunities for promotion / transfer of NRS. Please find the updated NRS Career Path explaining the promotion and transfer process here. Additional information is provided in this presentation.

The application forms for submission of promotion / transfer requests are now available on Promotion / transfer dossier can be submitted by supervisors until 4 July 2014 in hard or soft copy to:
  • HQ: Jhea Solis, HRS Advisor
  • India & Nepal: Nandita Jain, HRS Business Partner
  • Other COs: Jhea Solis, HRS Advisor 
For questions on the mid-year performance review, please contact HRS Organization & People Development Services team at HQ ext. 2824 or send email to

For questions on promotion / transfer of NRS, you may contact Jhea Solis, HRS Advisor, at HQ ext. 2775 or send email to HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-070

First effective presentation skills workshop in 2014

Written by Annabelle Aquino

Held for the first time in 2014, IRRI held Effective Presentation Skills (EPS) Workshop on 27-29 May 2014 at headquarters.

The 3-day workshop was attended by sixteen (16) staff including: Michelle Grace Acoba (C4), Bryan Balajadia (PO), Raju Bhemanahalli (CESD), Christian Cantos (PBGB), Ma. Celeste Dizon (DDG-MS), Walter Krystler Israel (PBGB), Verna Jessa Marcelo (GRC), Cheryll Myra Mercado (DHRS), Ian Paul Navea (PBGB), Neale Marvin Paguirigan (PBGB), Michael Angelo Rayco (DRPC), Jhea Solis-Pales (HRS), Ronald Tapia (C4), Katreena Titong (PBGB), Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy (CESD), and Hung van Nguyen (CESD).

The workshop was facilitated by Bobby Alvarez, Training Consultant at Guthrie-Jensen based in the Philippines.

EPS is an 11-module program that aims to develop and strengthen the presentation skills of the participants. Such skills include planning the content, delivering effective speaking techniques, designing powerful visual aids, and gaining control during the presentation. Participants apply what they have learned through oral presentation, and peer feedback aids in improving their delivery.

The program was organized by HRS Organization & People Development Services (HRS-OPDS).

For inquiries on future EPS schedules and other Learning & Development (L&D) Programs at IRRI, please contact HRS-OPDS team at HQ x2824 or send email to HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-069