Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Revised Guidelines for Service Agreement Appointment now available

Human Resource Services (HRS) introduces the revised Guidelines for Service Agreement Appointments to inform supervisors how they can meet any short-term human resources needs in their projects and programs. These Guidelines come with two easy to read documents, the Service Agreement Decision Tree and a Short Overview of all Service Agreement Appointments at IRRI.

If you have any questions or would like to receive additional information, please contact the HRS Associate Appointment Unit at hrs-associates@irri.org or HQ ext. 2215 or 2417. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-119


COMING SOON: 2014 Blood Donation Program


HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-118

APPLICATIONS OPEN: 2014 Early Retirement Program (ERP)


HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-117


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Integration of Staff Learning & Development Programs in 2015

Human Resource Services (HRS) aims to integrate all staff ​L​earning and ​D​evelopment ​(L&D) ​programs into one internal calendar ​in 2015.​

​To​ give HRS a time to plan ahead for​ next year's ​L&D, ​they are calling on all units ​to send in the tentative schedule of​ all (hard and soft skills, etc.) training courses​/workshops​ ​they intend to hold​ ​by sending email to irrihrs-opds@irri.org ​on or before​ 14 November 2014.

The integrated calendar for 2015 will be released before the current year ends. HR​S​ would also be prepared to update the calendar as and when events are planned as it is appreciated that not all events will be apparent at the start of the year. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-116


​HRS holds IRRI's ​2014 E​arly R​etirement ​P​rogram (ERP)​ Information Session


Human Resource Services (HRS) organized this year’s Early Retirement Program (ERP) information session on 17 October 2014 for HQ-based Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS)​. Held annually, this session provides interested applicants the opportunity to learn about the eligibility requirements,​ ​application process, as well as the post-retirement support ​and assistance ​programs.

Realizing the importance of smooth transition from work to retirement and to further develop targeted employee retirement program support interventions, ​HRS ​Business Partner for Workplace Relations and Advisory Services, Joyce Finegan ​​also ​conducted a ​mini-​retirement​ planning workshop. Individual participants was asked to complete a questionnaire and was later asked to join a group of other attendees with areas of common interest.

Towards the end of the program, Kentjie Masaredo, HRS Administrator for Compensation and​ Benefits,​ ​provided some basic information about government mandated benefits and how​ ERP​ incentives​ in general are calculated.

​All interested applicants can send the completed ERP application form and Succession and Handover Plan to HRS-WRAS ​via irrihrs-wras@irri.org ​on or before 5 December 2014. For ​more details, please read the guidelines here. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-115

It’s PaLaY Time 2 concluded: Pink team champions 2014 IRRI Sportsfest




The Pink team cluster of FF Hill, Khush Hall, Swaminathan, Chandler, Cantrell, Harrar, Brent, Transport Services, Safety and Security Services, and Experiment Station, was declared champion in the 2014 IRRI Sportsfest themed "It's PaLAY time 2."

Finishing with a total of 250 points, the Pink team bested the Light Blue (220 points) and Red (190 points) teams after winning first place in: Football, Women’s Softball and Volleyball, Men’s (Category A) Basketball; and second place in: Men’s Volleyball, Women’s and Men’s (Category B) Basketball, Lawn Tennis, Badminton, and Table Tennis.

The other two competing teams were Light Blue Team who came in at 2nd place (comprised of staff from NC Brady Building), and Red Team who came in at 3rd place (comprised of staff from DL Umali, Hemmi, Drilon, and Service Building).

The 2014 IRRI Sportsfest season officially ended on 17 October 2014. Winners were recognized during the closing program held on the same day, which was hosted by HRS Workplace Relations & Advisory Services Team (HRS-WRAS) lead by HRS Business Partner Jocelyn Pilapil-Finegan and co-hosted by HRS Advisor Margeorie Vasquez

The program also recognized the sector organizations and assigned team coordinators who have played an important role in making this year's Sportsfest a success by acting as co-organizers for various sports. Certificates of appreciation were awarded to: IRRI Filipino Scientists Association (IFSA) led by Jean Melgar and Joseph Sandro for Basketball and Table Tennis Division; Society of IRRI Non-research Professionals (SINOP) led by Lea Delos Reyes and Fernan Artates for Badminton and Softball Division; Association of IRRI Secretaries and Administrative Staff (AISAS) led by Mishel Ciceron and Shyrelle Quilantang for Volleyball and Lawn Tennis Division; and Association of Fellows, Scholars, Trainees and Residents of IRRI (AFSTRI) led by Aditi Bhandari and Quynh Vu for Cricket and Football Division. The assigned team coordinators were Allan Salabsabin (Light Blue), Jane Girly Cuerdo (Red), and Jane Carlos (Pink). 

After the closing program, a Celebration Treat was held for the program participants.

The 2014 IRRI Sportsfest: "It's PaLAY Time 2!" is part of the HRS Health & Wellness Program. For inquiries, please contact HRS-WRAS team at ext. 2935 or send email to irrihrs-wras@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-114

Thursday, 16 October 2014

2014 IRRI Sportsfest Closing Program


The 2014 IRRI Sportsfest: "It’s PaLAY Time 2!" is part of the Institute’s workplace wellness programs. For inquiries, please contact your respective sector organization representative and team coordinators. For the overall workplace wellness program inquiries, you may contact HRS Workplace Relations & Advisory Services team at ext. 2935 or send email to irrihrs-wras@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-113


Essential interviewing skills workshop held at HQ


Human Resource Services in partnership with Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), holds the Essential Interviewing Skills workshop on 8-10 October 2014 at headquarters.

The 3-day workshop aims to assess the purpose of different types of interview, undertake structured preparation for different interview situations, use sound interviewing techniques to gather accurate information, interpret information and make decisions, and plan and conduct a range of interviews.

​11 HQ-based staff attended including Rogelio Cabunagan (PBGB), Glenn Gregorio (PBGB), Kshirod Jena (PBGB), Janelle Jung (TC), Inez Slamet-Loedin (PBGB), Valerien Pede (SSD), Divina Pernia (Controller-FOP), Hung Van Nguyen (CESD), Margeorie Vasquez (HRS), Hershey Aquino (HRS), and Hope Webber (SSD).

The course was facilitated by Woon Chet Choon, a training consultant from CIPD based in United Kingdom (UK). CIPD is a professional body for HR and people development who bring together extensive research and thought leadership, practical advice and guidance, professional development and rigorous professional standards to drive better capabilities and understanding in how organizations of all kinds operate and perform, and in how they manage and develop people.

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 irrihrs-opds@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-112



Dr. Gelia Castillo speaks at second Mentoring Lunch in 2014


Dr. Gelia Castillo, CURE consultant and National Scientist of the Philippines shared her insights during the 2nd Mentoring Lunch on 13 October 2014.

Dr. ​Castillo​ said that mentors-mentees should "keep in touch with reality" (​especially in setting goals and objectives). ​She also mentioned her guiding principle that "science must serve a human purpose" to remind them how important their work is in fulfilling IRRI's mission to alleviate hunger and poverty.

​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 HRS.

For inquiries on future Mentoring Program schedules, please contact HRS Organization and People Development Services at x2824 or send email to irrihrs-opds@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-111


Thursday, 9 October 2014

IRRI welcomes new staff in the employee orientation program



HRS in partnership with various organizational units​ in IRRI ​welcomed ​24 staff during the ​4​th New Employee Orientation Program on ​7-8 October 2014 at headquarters.

The ​two​-day program is composed of classroom type discussion, multicultural workshop, and a tour of the 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, participants had an opportunity to join the workshop on Working in a Multicultural Organization and the IRRI Code of Conduct followed by the second part of the walking tour.

​The program participants include: Rolflen Ray Atienza (EVEO), Zeynna Balangue (SSD), Noreen Parducho (Controller-FPR), Herman Hermosada (PBGB), Edwin Reyes (PBGB), Mark Anthony Javier (PBGB), Ronald Javier (PBGB), MitchellRey Toleco (C4), Bryce Blackman (TC), Carlo Leo Cabral (CESD), Cerlito Hipolito (PPS), Abigail Domingo (CESD), Prasad Senadheera (PBGB), Lovely Luar (IPNI/CESD), Julie Christine Mateo (ILRI) , Miguel Abriol (CESD), Benedick Labaco (PBGB), Arman Mohammad (PPS), Victor Jacinto Buendicho (ITS), Michelle Sison (Controller-FOP), Lory Lyn Recorte (PPS), Sherwin Malabrigo (ES), Mark Gil Mendoza (ES), and Johnrico Labarda (CESD).

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 irrihrs-opds@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-110


Thursday, 2 October 2014

Typhoon Glenda Relief Funds Update

Typhoon Glenda Task Force for Staff Support (TGTFSS) would like to thank everyone who had contributed their financial donations to support HQ-based Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) victims of Typhoon Glenda that hit the Philippines in July 2014. The typhoon caused widespread damage and flooding, destroying houses of some IRRI Filipino employees living in Los BaƱos and other neighboring areas in Laguna.

A number of IRRI colleagues and an external donor responded to support the financial needs of our employee recipients. As of 26 September 2014, IRRI was able to raise Php 263,951.00 or approximately USD 5,860. From that fund, the Task Force was able to grant financial assistance to 31 employees who have successfully passed all the eligibility and documentation requirements. First batch of fund recipients (9 employees) received their financial assistance on 11 August 2014, second batch (10 employees) on 8 September 2014, and third batch (12 employees) on 29 September 2014.

Damages to the houses of the fund recipients require minor to major home repairs and improvements. Pictures below show the construction materials (e.g. galvanized roofing sheets, cement, coco lumber, nails, etc.) that were purchased to help rebuild the house of one staff.

Construction materials

Before and after photos of the houses from two of the IRRI Filipino employee
recipients of the fund drive

The Task Force still calls for additional financial support to help affected staff. Donations are still accepted until end of October 2014. To make your donations online, please click here.

For related inquiries, please email tgtfsssecretariat@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-109

Schedule of Championship Games: 2014 IRRI Sportsfest: "It’s PaLAY Time 2!


The 2014 IRRI Sportsfest: "It’s PaLAY Time 2!" is part of the Institute’s workplace wellness programs. For inquiries, please contact your respective sector organization representative and team coordinators. For the overall workplace wellness program inquiries, you may contact HRS Workplace Relations & Advisory Services team at ext. 2935 or send email to irrihrs-wras@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-108

Information Session on 2014 Early Retirement Program



To participate, please register online here. For details of the ERP guidelines, please click here. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-107


2nd Business Writing Workshop held



The 2nd Effective Business Writing workshop was held in IRRI headquarters on 23-24 September 2014.

The nine-module program was attended by 14 staff: Prosperidad Abonete (SSD), Maria Theresa Castro (SSD), Anchilie Francisco (C4), Walter Krystler Israel (C4), Pauline Jasmin (PBGB), Tobias Kretzschmar (PBGB), Ma. Renee Lorica (CESD), Verna Jessa Marcelo (TTC-GRC), Rizza Eve Mendoza (RMQA), Cheryll Myra Mercado (DHRS), Lilia Molina (GQNSL), Victor Francis Roxas (CNTRL-FPR), Mary Grace Salabsabin (SSD), and Savita Sharma (IRRI-India Office).

Participants learned the principles in business writing (e.g. correctness, clarity, conciseness) and were trained on how to deliver bad news in a professional and client-focused approach.

The workshop was facilitated by Bobby Alvarez of Guthrie-Jensen, a leading management training and consultancy firm in the Philippines.

For inquiries on future Learning & Development (L&D) Programs, please contact HRS Organization People Development Services at irrihrs-opds@irri.org or access the L&D online calendar at irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-106