Thursday, 29 October 2015

IRRI Medical Clinic (IMC) Info Session held


A total of 195 IRRI employees attended the just concluded one-day IRRI Medical Clinic (IMC) Info Session on Monday, 26 October at the IRRI Harrar Hall Seminar Room. Facilitated by the IRRI Medical Clinic, the info session was organized by the Human Resources - Work Relations & Advisory Services Office. The activity was of two (2) sessions: Morning (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM) and Afternoon (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM). 

During the sessions, Pilipinas 911 CEO, Mr. Ruel Kapunan presented a brief introduction about their company and what they do in terms of emergency response. The Triage Concept was also discussed. IMC Occupational Health Doctor, Dr. Katherine Biscocho-Canubas discussed the clinic service process flow. Proposed activities for the Health and Wellness Program were also presented.

Info Session attendees actively participated in the Question and Answer portion and raised clinic concerns such as clinic supplies, staff APE’s, etc. All these concerns were answered during the session.  

For reference, IMC Services Process Flow copies were also distributed to all attendees.
  
HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-050


IRRI Myanmar Activities for the months of September to November 2015

The IRRI Myanmar Office has successfully facilitated the following activities from the months of September, October and November:

·        Benchmark survey on compensation and benefits for national recruited staff - Out of 12 international organizations, the survey was already conducted with 10 organizations by the Corporate Services Manager and HR Business Partner. 

·        English training session for the IRRI Myanmar Office - Started in September and will end by November to complete the 30 hours of training. This is the first run of the English training session for the IRRI Myanmar Office, and attended by most of the nationally recruited staff. 

·        22 October Launching of HR Policy Supplement for IRRI-Myanmar Office - The Manager for Corporate Services Daisy Saludo and HR Business Partner Htaik Htaik Soe explained the HR Policy supplement in detail.  All staff members both from the projects and support teams were present in the event. 

     HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-052

First-Aid Training Concluded at the IRRI Myanmar Office


On 19-21 October 2015, a First-Aid training course was held at the IRRI Myanmar Office.  The course was facilitated by the Corporate Services in partnership with the Myanmar Red Cross Society.  First batch training attendees were from the project and support teams.

The 3-day training course covered different first-aid techniques and scenarios such as first-aid concepts, victim assessment, shock, fainting, burns and scalds, wounds and bleeding, CPR, musculoskeletal injuries, poisoning, animal bites and stings, dressing and bandaging, head injury, unconscious handling and transportation.  

Similar training for the rest of the staff members is tentatively scheduled early next year. 

HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-051

More Employees are Joining, Moving Around and Advancing

New Employees On-Board

Dulce Lejao joined as Assistant Manager at the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) on 1 September 2015. 
Mark Gruner joined as Controller at the Office of the Deputy Director General for Management Services on 1 September 2015.
Abel Melquiades Callejo joined as Specialist at the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) 21 September 2015.
Katherine Valencia joined as Researcher at Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) on 1 October 2015.
Marlon Villegas joined as Research Technician at the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) on 2 October 2015.
Mari Kristel Caringal joined as Assistant at the Office of the Deputy Director General for Communication and Partnerships (DDGCP) on 6 October 2015.
Ma. LaRue Ballesfin joined as Researcher at the Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology (PBGB) Division on 6 October 2015.
Daniel Sayo joined as Manager at the office of the Chief Information Officer - Management Information System (CIO – MIS) on 12 October 2015.
Danalee Mae Loprandado joined as Specialist at the Human Resource Services (HRS) on 14 October 2015.
Ryan Contreras joined as Technician III at the Safety and Security Services on 16 October 2015.
George Paul Kotch joined as Head at the Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology (PBGB) Division on 19 October 2015.

Staff Movements and Promotions

Mary Jean Du was transferred from Senior Associate Scientist at the Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology to Manager at the Partnerships Office (PO).
Krishna Devkota was relocated on 21 September 2015 from the IRRI India Office to the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) at IRRI Headquarters.

HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-049





Friday, 9 October 2015

‘MyPAD’ (My Performance Plans, Appraisal and Development) to be introduced.

This November, HRS will be introducing a revised version of our performance review form, 'MyPAD' (My Performance Plans, Appraisal and Development). The aim is to simplify the 'form-filling' process and focus more on the discussions between staff member and supervisor.

The Performance Review and Development Planning Process timetable has been adjusted from January to December in order to align the objectives setting and review process to the calendar year.  

Please make sure to attend the Guide to MyPAD information session to be held from 02 to 20 November, 2015. These information sessions which will be arranged for your respective work unit and dates will be published soon.

In order to begin your MyPAD year-end performance and development review, please refer to the reminders below:



 For future Learning & Development programs, please contact irrihrs-opds@irri.org or call ext 2824.  HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-048

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

18 new IRRI-HQ Staff attended myOrientation Program



On 2 October 2015, 18 staff attended myOrientation (New Employee Orientation Program) at the IRRI-HQ. Christine Croombes, IRRI’s Director for Human Resources, welcomed the participants. A hosted-lunch was also organized after the activity. 

The whole-day programme consisted of an overview of IRRI's Research Programs, introductions to the functions of Management Services, and Communication & Partnerships, a walk-through of​ IRRI's History, and​ a Multi-Cultural workshop.​

Programme participants include Jonathan Montecillo (PBGB), Rommel Masa (PBGB), Benedict Jardinero (CESD), Elizabeth Gatchalian-Alcachupas (PBGB), Eric Tumpang (SSD), Sandy Pabilonia (PBGB), Reena Jesusa Macalalad (PBGB), Jorem Yparaguire (PTS), Arceli Frias (Finance), Jae-Sung Lee (TTCGRC), Johnvie Goloran (CESD), Mark Gruner (Finance), Prakashan Chellattan Veettil (SSD), Melchor Joseph Del Rosario (CIO-ITS), Robert Coombs (HI), Kathrina Orbizo (HI), Katherine Valencia​(HI), Ana Cope (PBGB).

 For future Learning & Development programs, please contact irrihrs-opds@irri.org or call ext 2824.  HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-047

Writing Winning Scientific Proposals Training held for IRRI Post-Doctoral Fellow


29 Post-Doctoral Fellows attended the training on Writing Winning Scientific Proposals at the IRRI-HQ on 30 September 2015.

To give participants insights to the culture of competing for grants and awards, the processes of assessment, and the elements of successful and unsuccessful proposals were the aims of this workshop.

​ A one and a half-day, one-on-one writing​ coaching session with Dr. Camilla Myers of CSIRO Publishing,​ and​ Dr. Grant Singleton, Principal Scientist at IRRI capped the training activity.  ​.

Training participants were: Sung Ryul Kim (PBGB), Anca Macovei (PBGB), Krishna Devkota (CESD), Toshishangba Chuba (PBGB), Nitika Sandhu (PBGB), Alexander Stuart (CESD), Govinda Rizal (C4), Nyo Me Htwe (CESD), Pieter Rutsaet (SSD), Bryce Blackman (TC), Shanta Karki (C4), Ambica Paliwal (SSD), Suchit Shrestha (CESD), Jolly Chaterjee (C4), Jae-Sung Lee (TTCGRC), Johnvie Goloran (CESD), Jessica Rey (PBGB), Ramkumar Gandhimani (PBGB), Prasad Senadheera (PBGB), Vivek Thakur (C4), Hsiang-Chun Lin (C4), Akshaya Kumar Biswal (C4), Ando Radanielson (CESD), Dmytro Chebotarov (TTCGRC), Hedia Tnani (PBGB), Robert Coe (C4), Maria Stephanie Dwiyanti (PBGB), Hung Van Nguyen (CESD), Millicent Sanciangco (TTCGRC).

For future Learning & Development programs, please contact irrihrs-opds@irri.org or call ext 2824. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-046



Publishing with Impact Course successfully held at IRRI-HQ.




On 28-29 September 2015, 24 Post-Doctoral Fellows attended the Publishing with Impact Course held at the IRRI-HQ.

This workshop aims to provide participants with skills and confidence to write scientific papers for successful publication in leading scientific journals.

Dr. Camilla Myers of CSIRO Publishing facilitated the course in cooperation with Dr. Grant Singleton, Principal Scientist at IRRI​.

Workshop attendees include: Alexander Stuart (CESD), Govinda Rizal (C4), Nyo Me Htwe (CESD), Pieter Rutsaet (SSD), Bryce Blackman (TC), Shanta Karki (C4), Ambica Paliwal (SSD), Suchit Shrestha (CESD), Jolly Chaterjee (C4), Jae-Sung Lee (TTCGRC), Johnvie Goloran (CESD), Jessica Rey (PBGB), Ramkumar Gandhimani (PBGB), Prasad Senadheera (PBGB), Vivek Thakur (C4), Hsiang-Chun Lin (C4), Akshaya Kumar Biswal (C4), Ando Radanielson (CESD), Dmytro Chebotarov (TTCGRC), Hedia Tnani (PBGB), Robert Coe (C4), Maria Stephanie Dwiyanti (PBGB), Hung Van Nguyen (CESD), Millicent Sanciangco (TTCGRC).

For future Learning & Development programs, please contact irrihrs-opds@irri.org or call ext 2824. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-045