Wednesday, 27 August 2014

A Call for Donations to support IRRI staff victims of Typhoon Glenda

IRRI through Typhoon Glenda Task Force for Staff Support (TGTFSS), once again appeals for financial donations to help affected staff.

We have received further applications for assistance so ​we ​are continuing our request for donations through October 2014. For those who have made donations already, we thank you for your generous support.​ ​Donations​ are still accepted from all staff and others who wish to contribute to the fund. To make your donations online, please click here.

For inquiries, please email HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-095

Automated External Defibrillator Awareness Training on September 12

The IRRI Joint OHS Committee invites all HQ-based staff to attend the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness Training on 12 September 2014, Friday, at Umali Rooms ABC. The four sessions will be facilitated by the Emergency Research Center (ERC). Only 40 participants will be accommodated per session.

Session Time Registration
1 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Click here
2 10:30 AM - 12:00 NN Click here
3 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Click here
4 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Click here

For more information, please contact Safety and Security Services at ext. 2796 or 2316. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-094

IRRI and DOST Region IV-A partner for livelihood opportunities for staff

IRRI headquarters - IRRI is pleased to partner for the second time with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region IV-A, in conducting “Enrichment Opportunities: There is More After Retirement” program.

An information session started on August 14 and was opened to all headquarters-based staff and dependents. The HRS Director, Christine Croombes, formally opened the session by her welcome remarks and statement of program objectives, followed by DOST Regional Director, Alexander Madrigal, who gave an overview of the department’s various programs and services available to Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

A series of real-life stories straight from the guest entrepreneurs inspired the participants. Guest speakers Von Byron Ebron of Bonitos, Taniruth Ranit of Beadtime, Josephine Dator of Tindahan ng Itlog ni Kuya, and Sylvia Avance of Gwampas  shared their humble beginnings, the challenges and opportunities they encountered prior to becoming successful in their own business fields.

In the afternoon, HRS Business Partner/Manager for WRAS, Joyce Finegan ushered the participants to the lineup of small business clinics (SBC). The SBCs provided the attendees the opportunity to obtain guidance in putting up businesses, compliance with a variety of requirements and consult with the MSME entrepreneurs on other investment options.  The event was nearly attended by 350 participants from different organizational units. HRS WRAS Advisor Marge Vasquez hosted the program.

The retirees were also invited to join the site visits to various business sites on the following day, August 15. Tindahan ng Itlog ni Kuya was the first stop, with its owner, Mr. Napoleon Dator, who showcased their duck farm and the how to’s of duck raising and salted eggs making. Second destination was Tagaytay with Amira’s Buco Tart Haus and The Banquet’s Ms. Virginia D. Malipol who explained about Buco Tart making and her business secrets. The visit at Delfa’s in Alfonso concluded the tour with it’s owner, Ms. Adelfa Nuestro who offered free taste of her inventions that include coffee, chocolate, and herbal drinks. IRRI awarded MSMEs program partners with Certificate of Appreciation as it’s way of recognizing their support to the program.

The two-day event was organized by Human Resource Services - Workplace Relations & Advisory Services (HRS-WRAS) as part of the Employee Assistance program. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-093

Dr. Matthew Morell speaks at first Mentoring Lunch in 2014

IRRI's Deputy Director General for Research, Dr. Matthew Morell, shared his perspectives on mentoring during the Mentoring Lunch on 13 August 2014.

During his talk, Dr. Morell defined mentoring as a process of "learning by doing." He also emphasized the importance of mentoring relationships at IRRI as they encourage people to speak-up and share their ideas.

Mentoring lunches are held to give mentor-mentee pairs the opportunity to get together on a regular basis and continue discussions in an informal atmosphere. At each gathering, a speaker is invited to share personal thoughts on mentoring, and to interact with the  pairs. HRS also shares research articles with the pairs  about mentoring as they go through the program. This is part of the on-going support to mentoring at IRRI, which is organized by the Human Resource Services.

For inquiries and future Mentoring Program schedules, please contact HRS Organization & People Development Services (HRS-OPDS) at x2824 or send email to HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-092

IRRI concludes 2014 Flu Vaccination Program for HQ-based employees and dependents

A total of 1363 HQ-based employees and their dependents received their flu vaccines on 20 June and 9 August 2014.

The Flu Vaccination Program promotes an awareness of the risks associated with the influenza virus in the workplace, and is part of HRS Health & Wellness Program. For inquiries, please contact the HRS Workplace Relations & Advisory Services team at ext. 2935 or send an email to HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-091

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Learning and Development programs in September

Join our HRS Learning and Development programs in September 2014:

Date / Time
Service Provider
Target Audience
Conflict Management
Get the right tools and skills to handle conflict situations in order to maintain productivity   
03-04 Sept,

Seminar Room, Harrar Hall
Click here
Understanding Your Benefits

  • Intellicare 
  • Philhealth 
  • SSS 
05 Sept, Fri

Seminar Room, Harrar Hall
Representatives from Intellicare, Philhealth, SSS and PAG-IBIG
Click here
Effective Business Writing
Be equipped with knowledge and skills to create results-producing written correspondences
23-24 Sept,

Seminar Room, Harrar Hall
Click here
Refresher on OCS HR Modules

  • Request for Personnel 
  • Request for Associate-ET 
  • Procurement of Associate-ST
26 Sept, Fri

Hawk Room, Training Center
Secretaries and Admin Coordinators
Click here

For inquiries or registration on upcoming 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. 2014-090

IRRI holds computer training for Experiment Station (ES) staff

IRRI  holds a series of Computer Training courses exclusively for selected Experiment Station staff from 23 May to 25 July 2014 at IRRI headquarters.

The program consists of Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels. In attendance were 19 ES staff including Isaias Abuyo, ​Anthony Aquino, Felecito Aringo Jr., ​Luis Calma, Rogelio Elbo, William Fortuna, ​ ​Jerry Garcia, Joselito Liwanagan,​ ​Sherwin Malabrigo,​ John Mark Mamiit, ​ ​Jose Manuel,​ Ronnie Martinez,​ Mark Gil Mendoza ​,​ Cris Mercado, Nelson Panopio,​ ​Antonio Rivera​, Juanito Rosario ​,​ Nazario Timbol,​ ​Jayson Valencia ​.​

The program was organized by Human Resource Services (HRS) in partnership with Information Technology Services (ITS).

For inquiries or registration on upcoming 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. 2014-089

Thursday, 7 August 2014

August 2014 Orientation Program

HRS in partnership with various organizational unit ​s​ in IRRI holds this years' 3rd New Employee Orientation Program on Aug. 5-6, 2014 at headquarters.

36 New Employees joined the program, they are: Catharine Adaro (SSD), Zahidi Amin (IBO), Kristine Alexis Arellano (GQNSL), Adari Prasad Babu (PBGB), Christian Paolo Balahadia (C4), Ruvicyn Bayot (SSD), Polly Anne April Belen (CNTRL), Justine Bonifacio (PBGB), Irish Jean Cansanay (CNTRL), Carla Lenore Calumpang (PBGB), Darwin Cruz (SSS), Ma. Krishna De Guzman (GQNSL), Nina Lawrence DueƱas (EVEO), Shiela Ann Edith Franco (GQNSL), Meehris Galapon (SSS), Maria Elena Gamo (PBGB), Feyisa Gudina (SSD), Kimberly Joy Ilagan (DRPC), Walter Krystler Israel (C4), Emmanuel Carlo Liwanag (CESD), Krizzel Jessica Lllantada (PBGB), Anthony Francis Malabanan (CESD), Melannie Manguiat (C4), Melizza Manguiat (CIO-ITS), Jocelyn Pacia (PBGB), Arnel Pocsedio (PBGB), Moises Reyes (PBGB), Ronald Melvin Rosas (CESD), Victor Francis Roxas (CNTRL), Jean Robelle Sabado (CESD), Emmelaine Tobias (SSS), Georgina Vergara (PBGB), Violeta Villegas (PBGB), Hope Webber (SSD), Mary Jeanie Yanoria (PBGB), Jhoanne Ynion (SSD).

The revised ​two​-day program is composed of classroom type discussion, multicultural workshop and a walking tour to IRRI facilities.

On the first day, participants were given a brief history of IRRI, an overview of its research programs, and a “walking tour” to meet and greet staff from different organizational units.

On the second day, they had an opportunity to join the workshops on “Working in a Multi-Cultural Organization” and the “IRRI Code of Conduct" followed by the second part of the walking tour.

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. 2014-089

OPEN INVITATION: Information Session on Livelihood Opportunities

Click here for details. This is an open invitation. To register, go to HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-088

​​Typhoon Glenda Task Force for Staff Support convened

Typhoon Glenda Task Force for Staff Support (TGTFSS) was convened last week to provide a window for donations of cash to a common fund. Established by the Human Resource Services (HRS), TGTFSS is an autonomous and independent mechanism that will exist for the remainder of the calendar year 2014. TGTFSS is comprised of the following:
  • Chair - Christine Croombes, Director for Human Resource Services 
  • Treasurer – Lisa Panes, Senior Manager ​ for​ Financial Operations Unit
  • Secretary – Joyce Finegan, HRS BP for Workplace Relations and Advisory Services
  • Voluntary Assistance Program (VAP) Representative – Bing Andarin, HRS BP for Compensation and Benefits
  • Family Liaison – Judy Buresh, HRS Family Liaison Officer
  • Elected president/chair or nominated representative from sector organizations:
    • ​​Mishel Ciceron​- ​A​ssociation of ​I​RRI ​S​ecretaries ​and A​dministrative ​S​taff (AISAS)​ 
    • Irma Tamisin​-​Association of IRRI Research Support Staff​ (AIRESS)​ 
    • Nguyen Thi Bich ThuyAssociation of Fellows, Scholars, Trainees and Residents of IRRI (AFSTRI) 
    • Reneeliza Jean Melgar​- IRRI​ Filipino Scientists Association (IFSA)
    • Antonette Abigail Caballero​-​Society of IRRI Non-research Professionals (SINOP) 
Aside from implementing the guidelines for the effective administration of the ​​financial assistance ​program, the responsibilities of the TGTFSS are as follows:
  1. ​​Disseminate application forms​, ​(please click​ here to ​see the ​​ ​online application​ form)​;​
  2. Accept and screen applications for assistance;
  3. Decide through an agreed criteria whether an application merits an award from the fund; please note that TGTFSS's decision will be final in respect of the grant and amount of assistance provided;
  4. In debatable cases, a simple majority of its members will decide whether an application merits an award from the fund;
  5. In the event of a tie/balanced score, the Chair will have the final decision;
  6. Communicate to each applicant within 14 days of receiving an application for assistance whether TGTFSS will make a grant;
  7. Decide how distribution of cash or checks will be managed and arranged;
  8. Disburse the financial assistance to the recipient/beneficiary;
  9. Keep and maintain a complete and correct record of all documents including list of all recipients/beneficiaries, cash receipts, donations, awards made and meetings of the TGTFSS;
  10. Prepare and disseminate a quarterly report to employees and donors; and
  11. At the conclusion of TGTFSS’s existence, decide what to do with any cash that remains in the fund.
For more information about the program guidelines ​ and application requirements for financial assistance​, please click here.

Please continue to give your donations by depositing to the account/s mentioned in the previous email. Alternatively, you can also make your donation by completing the ​online pledge form ​here. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-087