Friday, 25 July 2014

IRRI’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Team wins the 2014 Mid-year SATA

The Geographic Information System (GIS) team under the Social Sciences Division (SSD) was presented with the 2014 Mid-year Semi-Annual Team Awards (SATA). The award was presented to the team, headed by Andrew Nelson and Tri Deri Setiyono, in recognition of their critical and timely response after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which is an excellent example of an application of IRRI scientific expertise to real-world issues. The GIS group worked with the Philippine Department of Agriculture immediately after the typhoon struck Central Philippines in November 2013 to assess damages to rice crops using an information system the team had been developing. The innovation and cooperation displayed by the GIS Team helped improve the emergency relief response in the affected areas.

The GIS team develops spatial information on rice production across Asia in order to map rice areas, their cropping patterns and the frequency of flood and drought events. It is composed of Prosperidad Abonete (SSD-GIS), Jorrel Khalil Aunario (SSD-GIS), Jane Girly Balanza (SSD-GIS), Hannah Zarah Bhatti (SSD-GIS), Alexis Esrajel Dagmil (SSD-GIS), Cornelia Garcia (SSD-GIS), Mary Anne Gutierrez (SSD-GIS), Rosendo Gutierrez (SSD-GIS), Aileen Maunahan (SSD-GIS), MVR Murty (SSD), Andrew Nelson (SSD-GIS), Leo Kris Palao (SSD-GIS), Emma Quicho (SSD-GIS), Arnel Rala (SSD-GIS), Jeny Raviz (SSD-GIS), Lorena Villano (SSD-GIS), Alice Laborte (SSD-MRT), Neale Marvin Paguirigan (SSD-MRT), Tri Deri Setiyono (SSD-GIS), and Ma. Lizbeth Baroña-Edra (Communication). External collaborators of the GIS team include Alfie Bacong and Mary Rose Mabalay from Philippine Rice Research Institute - Department of Agriculture and Massimo Barbieri of sarmap.

The team will receive a certificate of recognition and a cash award amounting to USD 3,250 to be shared by all members. They will also be part of the Annual Service Awards and Recognition Program in December.

The SATA Program recognizes outstanding contributions, performance, and achievements. For inquiries and future nominations, please contact HRS-Workplace Relations and Advisory Services at HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-086

Support Fund for IRRI staff affected by Typhoon Glenda

Following offers of donations to support IRRI staff ​who have suffered damage to their homes and personal belongings, a task force of staff from across IRRI led by Human Resources Services (HRS), called Typhoon Glenda Task Force for Staff Support is to be convened. The task force will receive and distribute donations to provide immediate financial support for affected staff, according to need. Please note that IRRI will cover all administrative costs so the totality of donated funds will go direct to affected ​people.

Anyone wishing to make a donation should follow the instructions below:

FOR IRRI STAFF ​DONORS​:  Please use any one or more of the following methods, for either Php or USD:
  • Cash or check at IRRI's cashier's office
  • For GRS - you may request Finance to debit a stated amount to your personal account 
  • You may forward your donations to the IRRI account shown below

  • You may forward your donations to the following account, for either Php or USD:
Payment for the Account of: International Rice Research Institute
Bank Account Number : 5108-00163-2
Bank Address : Banco De Oro
Los Baños Branch
Olivarez Plaza, Los Baños
Laguna, Philippines
Swift Code : BNORPHMM
Reference: "Typhoon Glenda"

  or​ ​
Payment for the Account of: International Rice Research Institute
Bank Account Number : 6212-56654027
Bank Address : BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.
Bayfront#14-01 50
Collyer Quay
Singapore 049321
Swift Code : BOFASG2X
Reference: "Typhoon Glenda"

HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-085

IRRI Medical Clinic Advisory

Please be advised that the IRRI Medical Clinic staff will temporarily hold office inside the ECDC Office, Board Room. The medical services that can be availed at the clinic are listed below for your guidance.

No. Available Not available (until further notice)
1 Vital Signs Monitoring (e.g. Blood Pressure, Temperature, Heart Rate, Pulse Rate) Laboratory
2 Medical consultation X-ray
3 Prescription of medicine ECG
4 Treatment of minor cuts, burns, abrasions Evaluation of Pre-employment Exams
5 Nebulization Conduct of Annual Physical Exam

6 Issuance of Referral Control Sheet (RCS) or Letter of Authorization (LOA) Form from Intellicare
7 Issuance of Medical Clearance for new hires

​For inquiries, please email ​ HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-084

IRRI India held the first local IPaD training in Hindi

The IRRI India Office (IIO) held the first local Individual Performance and Development (IPaD) training in Hindi (local language) on 11 July 2014.

The two-hour training program's objective was to assist staff who were unable to write in English. Program included presentation and discussion about the importance of IPaD: 1) How to write smart objectives; and 2) How to give and receive constructive feedback.

The workshop was attended by nine Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) including Anuruddh Singh, Ayodhya Lodhi, Bhanu Pratap Singh, Deepak Sethi, Karamjeet Singh, Pappu Ram, Prem Pal, Rajan Kumar Yadav, and Rakesh Chauhan.

The training was facilitated by HRS Business Partner Nandita Jain. Corporate Services Manager Sonya McGuinness, Assistant Manager Savita Sharma, and HRS Assistant Babita Lukhar were also present to motivate the team.

The participants were happy to receive the training and as a result have attempted to write their own IPaDs for the first time. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-083

​Sign-up now: One Corporate System (OCS) Training for HQ staff on August 29!

​HQ-based employees are invited to join the OCS Training at Hawk Room, Training Center on 29 August 2014. There are four scheduled slots covering different OCS modules:

TimeModulesTarget Audience
8:30 AM - 9:15 AMHuman Resources:
Filing of Absences, Updating of Resource and Dependant Masterfiles
August New Employee
Orientation attendees and all interested GRS and NRS
9:15 AM - 10:00 AMProcurement:
Standard Requisition, Warehouse Orders, Purchase Orders, Consignment, Internal Trading, Procurement Planning
All interested GRS and NRS
10:00 AM - 10:45 AMFinance:
Statement of Budget and Expenditures, Travel Requisition, Travel Liquidation, Budget Process, Personal Account Statement
All interested GRS and NRS
10:45 AM - 11:30 AMProject Management:
Idea Creation, Grant Management, Partner Letter of Agreement
Program Leaders / Managers,
Program Assistants, Scientists

Please click here to register.

Note to Country Office staff: please wait for further announcement.

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. 2014-082

Pag-IBIG calamity loan available for NRS HQ-based staff affected by Typhoon Glenda

The Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), also known as the Pag-IBIG Fund, is offering calamity loan to all NRS-HQ based staff that were affected by Typhoon Glenda. For details, please refer to the guidelines and the required forms to be completed via this link.

Please forward your inquiries and completed forms to Ken Masaredo of HRS Compensation & Benefits at HQ x2353 or send email to HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-81

Basketball match between IRRI and ADB

The women’s team of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) lost by only one point to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) team during their basketball match at ADB in Manila on 27 June.

Although Team ADB scored points in the opening minutes of the game to gain early advantage, IRRI caught up and eventually took the lead mid-way through the first quarter. They managed to stay ahead until the latter part of the fourth quarter. Team IRRI had a chance to make a comeback but the game came down to the last possession. IRRI missed the potential game-winning shot as the final buzzer sounded. Final score was 42-41.

Team IRRI includes May Argayoso (PBGB), Jane Carlos (CNTRL), Lorraine Cappleman (PBGB), Saph Coronejo (PBGB), Shiela Escultura (SSD), Sara van Gaalen (HRS), Maila Melodillar (TC), Janine Kaye Vitto (C4C), Kharmina Paola Anit (ICRAF), Teresita Victoria (ISAAA), Joann Glorioso (FIN), Patricia Sorongon (FIN), and team coach Paulo Miguel Sandoval (FIN). HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-80

Flu Vaccination Schedule

Final schedule shall be on:

9 August 2014 (Saturday)
​8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Venue: Khush Hall, IRRI Headquarters

For inquiries, please email HRS Workplace Relations & Advisory Services (HRS-WRAS) at or call ​Marge Vasquez at ext. 2935.

Thank you. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-079