Friday, 27 March 2015

NRS Awards 2014: Nominations open until 13 April 2015!

The NRS Awards Guidelines and Nomination Form can be downloaded here. For inquiries, please email HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-022

Thursday, 26 March 2015

IRRI Country Offices celebrate 2015 International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day 2015 was also celebrated at IRRI Country Offices in India, Bangladesh and China. They have observed IWD in a simple but momentous occasion as possible. Women staff were honored with bouquet of flowers, a tea party and token of appreciation.

India Office

IRRI India offices celebrate International Women’s Day

The IRRI-India organized various activities for staff members, families, and friends at offices across the country in celebration of International Women’s Day. On March 9, staff members, their families, and friends held “lunch and learn” events.

The Delhi staff attended a motivational session with Mr. Suneel Keswani.

Delhi staff enjoyed a motivational session with Mr. Suneel Keswani

In Bhubaneshwar, scientists, technicians, and field, administrative and support staff from IRRI and CIMMYT and students with CSISA discussed the challenges and mainstreaming of gender in the workplace.

India office in Bhubaneshwar

At the IRRI-India office in Hyderabad, staff members, particularly the women, were encouraged to express their views regarding the working environment and family and work cultures. The activity also included rating their colleagues. The average rating given by women for their male colleagues was 7.5 on 10.  The average rating given by the men for their women colleagues was 8 on 10.  The discussion concluded that there was a need to improve the treatment of women at all levels, especially women field laborers. Male employees also vowed to give more respect to their women colleagues in order to get a better rating by Women’s Day in 2016.

India office in Hyderabad

In Tamil Nadu, the team discussed gender diversity, equality and respect. They also commended the important economic, political and social achievements of women.  Ms. Suganthi, office assistant (photo below, center), was recognized for her proactive role in office activities.

India office in Tamil Nadu

Poster and slogan-making contest were also held at India Office in line with the women's month celebration

In addition, there were various competitions on celebrating women.

Three children of staff who won prizes were:

1st prize (senior group) Aryan Sharma son of Ms. Savita Sharma (assistant manager)

2nd prize (senior group) Shivani Singh daughter of Mr. Anuruddh Singh (attendant)

1st prize (junior group) Neerav Yadav son of Mr. Rajan Yadav (assistant)

The winner of the slogan-making contest were:

Ms. Suchsmita Mohapatra  from IRRI-India in Bhubaneshwar

Winner of the best selfie on celebrating women’s day together:

Manzoor Dar from IRRI-India in Delhi and his wife Najam Waris Zaidi

The IRRI-India offices would like to thank Drs. Arvind Kumar, Suddhanshu Singh, Sudhir Yadav, and Sonya McGuinness for their financial support to the event. Members of the committee include Bidhan Mohapatra, Nandita Jain, Rubina Nilshan, Amit Singh, Ganesh Murthy, Dilip Singh and Babita Lukhar.

Bangladesh Office

The Bangladesh Office (IBO) staff participated in the IWD program, with IBO Representative Paul Fox (upper left photo above) acknowledging the contributions of women in agriculture. The short video ‘Make it Happen’ featuring ‘Women of IRRI’ was also presented.

China Office

Yunyun Su (photo above, left side), Officer at China Office (ICO) with  women colleagues from CG Beijing Centers in China during the IWD tea party. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-021

International Women's Month showcase women staff members

"Women of IRRI," a photo exhibit, captures the contribution of women to the world of rice science.
IRRI  celebrates the International Women’s Day (IWD) to recognize the successes and achievements of women. In 2010, the Institute began hosting their own event as part of its commitment to gender equality.

Guided by this year’s IWD theme, Make It Happen, the Human Resource Services - Workplace Relations & Advisory Services (HRS-WRAS) organized Women of IRRI, a photo exhibit featuring images of IRRI women in science and support fields. Director General Robert Zeigler, Deputy Director General for Management Services Norman Macdonald, Head of Social Sciences Division Samarendu Mohanty, and Head of Communication Tony Lambino opened the exhibit. 

The organizers also set up the IWD “Freedom Wall” at Chandler Hall where people expressed their love and support for women. “Our power derives from our women, without whom our vision would be an unfulfilled dream,” said Dr. Zeigler in his post. 

Special Talk and Exit Seminar by Dr. Elizabeth Humphreys

In addition to the photo exhibit, Elizabeth Humphreys, an IRRI senior scientist,  also gave a special talk and exit seminar, Making ‘it’ happen—eight fantastic years at IRRI, where she discussed her research projects at IRRI. Dr. Humphreys also mentioned the many people and places that became a part of her career. She ended her presentation with bits of wisdom and the great satisfaction she received from her profession. 

Dr. Zeigler presented Dr. Humphreys a Certificate of Appreciation in gratitude for sharing her expertise and time with IRRI and the local scientific community. The program was hosted by HRS WRAS Manager Joyce Finegan and Partnerships Office Assistant Manager Sylvia Avance. To learn more about Dr. Humphreys’ seminar, visit this link.

A Celebration Treat followed the ceremony where Ms. Finegan expressed her gratitude to the 2015 Working Committee for extending their assistance and valuable contribution in making the event successful. Strings & Quartet rendered some light and beautiful music, making the occasion more special.

IWD Celebration Treat at Kari's Garden

In a post-event survey of employees invited to rate the IWD program, 43.1% of the respondents said  the event was “excellent”; 47% said it was “very good”; and the remaining 5% described it as “good.”

HRS extends its gratitude to everyone who supported the IWD program. 

IWD is part of the Institute’s workplace engagement programs. For inquiries, please contact HRS-WRAS at HQ x2935 or 2363 or send email to HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-020

'Women and Leadership Workshop' held at HQ

In line with the celebration of the International Women’s Month, IRRI holds workshop on “Women & Leadership: For Managers” on 16 March 2015 at headquarters.

Participants were Sarah Beebout (CESD), Casiana Vera Cruz (PBGB), Andy Nelson (SSD), Nese Sreenivasulu (GQNC), Ranee Christina Telosa (CESD), Arman Mohammad (PPS), Inez Slamet-Loedin (PBGB), Ma. Rebecca Laza (CESD), and Violeta Villegas (PBGB).

The workshop engaged leaders through various exercises that would help raise awareness, share best practices, and discuss on how to create an organization where both men and women can thrive. The workshop was facilitated by Liz Luya of Luya Associates.

For inquiries on future programs, please contact the HRS Organization & People Development Services at x2824 or send email to HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-019

IRRI holds 'Preparing for Leadership Course' for Post Doctoral Fellows

IRRI holds the second batch of Preparing for Leadership Course - Module 1 on 17 to 19 March 2015 at IRRI headquarters.

Eighteen Post-Doctoral Fellows (PDF) based in Headquarters and Country Offices participated, including: Shalabh Dixit (PBGB), Hung Van Nguyen (CESD), Robert Coe (C4), Millicent Sanciangco (GRC), Kin Thawda Win (IRRI-Myanmar), Ando Radanielson (CESD), Dmytro Chebotarov (GRC), Sheetal Sharma (IRRI-India), Ambica Paliwal (SSD), Phong Dang Ngo (IRRI-Vietnam), Anca Macovei (PBGB), Feyisa Gudina (SSD), Suchit Schrestha (PBGB), Jolly Chatterjee (C4), Prasad Senadheera (PBGB), Ramkumar Gandhimani (PBGB), Toshisangba Chuba (PBGB), and Sung Ryul-Kim (PBGB). Deputy Director General for Research Matthew Morell, Director for Human Resource Services Christine Croombes, HRS Operations Manager Wallace Daniels, and Principal Scientist Abdelbagi Ismail were in attendance to give their support.

The program was facilitated by Chris Dixon and Lilian Wang of Growing Edge, Hong Kong.

Preparing for Leadership is part of the IRRI Leadership Development Architecture program for PDFs. The program is composed of three modules: Leading Self, Leading Teams, and Leading Resources.

For inquiries, please contact HRS Organization & People Development Services (HRS-OPDS) at HQ ext. 2824 or send email to HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-018

2014 IRRI Mentoring Program celebration

IRRI, in partnership with Growing Edge Limited, Hong Kong, successfully concluded the 2014 Mentoring Program on 20 March 2015 at headquarters.

Eighteen staff participated in the 2014 Mentoring Program, including (arranged by Mentor-Mentee pairs): Alice Laborte (SSD)and Leo Angelo Ocampo (CESD); Marco van den Berg (CIO-ITS) and Michael Angelo Rayco (DRPC); Tony Lambino (Communication) and Janelle Jung (TC); Marichu Bernardo (RMQA) and Dolores Pagtananan (SSD); Gina Zarsadias (SSD)and Verna Jessa Marcelo (TTC-GRC); Eugene Hettel (Communication) and Hung Van Nguyen (CESD); Grant Singleton (CESD)and Buyung Hadi (CESD); Kenneth McNally (TTC-GRC)and Richard Garcia (C4); and Tobias Kretzschmar (PBGB)and Vito Butardo Jr., (GQNSL).

The program celebration was facilitated by Chris Dixon, Director of Growing Edge Limited and Sharon Tudela, an external consultant based in Hong Kong. IRRI’s Deputy Director General for Research, Matthew Morell and Director for Human Resource Services, Christine Croombes were in attendance and gave inspiring messages to the mentoring pairs.

The participation in the IRRI Mentoring Program is for one year, with the objective of mentor-mentee pairs sharing known resources, expertise, values, skills, perspectives, attitudes and proficiency. The program allows the mentee to build skills and knowledge while attaining goals for career development. Conversely, it provides the opportunity for the mentor to further enhance his/her skills and knowledge areas by continuously reassessing and building upon those areas.

For inquiries or registration on the Mentoring Program and other 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. 2015-017

Monday, 16 March 2015

IRRI holds 1st quarterly health and wellness fair for 2015

The Human Resource Services - Workplace Relations & Advisory Services (HRS-WRAS) organized the first quarterly Health and Wellness Program for the year. The theme of the event was Wellness@Work and provided IRRI employees and dependents free basic health screenings (e.g. blood pressure, cholesterol, and body fat percentage measurement), nutritional supplements, and other medical services. Held on 12-13 March, Wellness@Work featured 37 program partners that offered a variety of information on living a healthy lifestyle.

Over 2000 employees, dependents, and guests participated in the program, a 70.00% increase from last year’s 4th quarter Health & Wellness Program (see Fig. 1 for more information) on the number of participants.

Figure 1

Of the 1,208 employees who joined the event, 11.08% were from Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology (PBGB), 6.09% from Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD), 5.21% from Social Sciences Division (SSD), and with 4.02% from the Communication Unit. The total number of non-IRRI participants, which include guests, dependents, and colleagues within Laguna area, reached 1,058.

'Introduction to Self-defense' course. Facilitated by Jose Luis Domingo, Director of Emergency Research Center.

The event also featured an introduction to self-defense facilitated by Jose Luis Domingo, director of Emergency Research Center, a civil society organization that specializes in mass-based emergency management. A total of 20 people attended the course including: Prosperidad Abonete (SSD), Maricar Alberto (CESD), Allan Los Anes (CESD), Ray Atienza (EVEO), Irish Bagsic (PBGB), Gela Myan Bueno (PBGB), Carla Lenore Calumpang (PBGB), Maria Florida Cueto (PBGB), Melchor Joseph Del Rosario (ITS), Kris Jovet Garcia (DO), Tsung-Wei Lai (DDGR), Jeremy Logrono (PBGB), Lovely Luar (IPNI), Rafael Panerio (PBGB), Iris Dawn Lee Pangan (PBGB), Rexie Jane Parreno (CESD), Julie Mae Pasuquin (CESD), Jessica Candace Soriano (PBGB), Ma. Teresa Sta. Cruz (PBGB), and Gina Zarsadias (SSD). IRRI presented Mr. Domingo with the Certificate of Appreciation for his support to the program.

For inquiries, please call at HQ ext. 2935 / 2363 or send email to HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-016

2014 IPAD and PAS deadline: 19 March 2015

For inquiries, please contact Reggie Armiendo or Bheng Aquino of the HRS Organization & People Development Services team at HQ x2824 / or visit HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-015

Nominations now open: NRS Awards 2014

Deadline of submission of completed nomination forms 
on or before 13 April 2015!

Download the Nomination Form here or visit​ for details​. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-014

IRRI welcomes 31 new employees

The first run of IRRI's New Employee Orientation Program this year - myOrientation, was held on March 10-13​​. Divided into four sessions, myOrientation includes classroom orientation, walking tour of the HQ facilities, overview on One-Corporate System (OCS), and basic first aid training.

31 new employee​s​ joined the program including: Majilene Marikit (TC), Ambica Paliwal (SSD), Aireen Claire Baradas (CESD), Ben Solomon Organo (ES), Darlene Sunga (CNTRL), Gela Myan Bueno (PBGB), Iris Dawn Pangan (PBGB), Irish Bagsic (PBGB), Jeremy Brandon Logrono (PBGB), Jonah Micah del Mundo (PBGB), Kristel Mae Perdigon (C4), Mark Lester Alajar (ES), Rafael Julian Panerio (PBGB), Reynaldo Manuel Jr. (PBGB), Maria Florida Cueto (PBGB), Jessica Candice Soriano (PBGB), Mark Anthony Tomboc (PBGB), Reynaldo Diocton IV (PBGB), Vichelle Malabrigo (PBGB), Joan Evangelista (GRC), Jovhel Ruiz (CNTRL), Bjorn Manuel (PBGB), Rona Joy Hizon (PBGB), Mariane Bihis (CNTRL), Domino Brillantes Del Prado (ISAAA), Romalene Limpiada (CESD), Zabrina Bugnosen (ISAAA), Naoki Yamamoto (PBGB), Marlina Punzalan (GRC), Sifate Khanom (PBGB), and Kris Jovet Garcia (DRPC).

For inquiries on future Learning & Development (L&D) Programs, please contact HRS ​Organization & ​People Development Services at HQ ext. 2824 or send email to HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-013

Monday, 9 March 2015

Q1-2015 Health and Wellness Program on March 12-13!


Health & Wellness Fair

Introduction to Self Defense 
A seminar by Mr. Jose Luis "Louie" Domingo
Emergency Research Center, Inc.

​To register, please click here​.​

HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-012