Wednesday, 28 September 2016

More employees are joining, moving around and advancing

New Employees On-Board

Karen Kotch  joined as Specialist Teacher at the IRRI School (TIS) on 08 September 2016. 

Bishnu Pandey joined as Specialist at the IRRI Nepal office on 01 September 2016.

Christine Dianne Ruba joined as Specialist at the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) on 01 September 2016.

Rhodora Bulatao joined as Senior Assistant at the Public-Private Engagement (PPE) office on 01 September 2016.

Berlaine Quime joined as Researcher at the Genetics and Biotechnology (GB) division on 02 September 2016.

Md Asfezzaman joined as Officer at the IRRI Bangladesh office on 07 September 2016.

Shailesh Yadav joined as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Plant Breeding (PB) division on 19 September 2016.

Joanne Jerenice A├▒onuevo joined as Researcher at the Genetics and Biotechnology (GB) division on 27 September 2016.

Staff Movements and Promotions

Alexander Aringo  was promoted to Research Technician III at the Plant Breeding (PB) division on 01 September 2016. 

Argem Gerald Flores was promoted to Senior Specialist at the Plant Breeding (PB) division on 16 September 2016. 

Rafael Julian Panerio was promoted to Researcher at the Plant Breeding (PB) division on 19 September 2016.



HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2016-041

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

IRRI medical clinic info session held

Forty-three employees attended the recently concluded IRRI Medical Clinic (IMC) Info Session held on 19 September at the Umali Building, Room A.

The new IMC service provider is headed by Rick Reyes, Business Unit manager of the San Pablo Colleges Medical Center. Mr. Reyes presented a brief introduction of the hospital and the services they provide. He also introduced the new clinic team members headed by Occupational Health (OH) specialists Drs. Catherine Canubas-Biscocho, MD, and Jason Factoriza, MD. Other members of the team are OH nurses Richmond Reyes, RN, and Kristine Dalisay, RN, and clinic nurses Caren Rubis, RN, and Rhona Sy, RN.

Dr. Canubas-Biscocho discussed the IMC service process flow on how IRRI staff can avail of the clinic services. Copies of the IMC service process flow were also distributed to all attendees for their reference.

The participating staff members actively took part in the question-and-answer portion of the presentation. Some of the questions raised were about the Annual Physical Examination, health talk articles, flu vaccines, etc.

Event participants were also encouraged to coordinate with HR and the clinic staff for any health-related topics they would like to be featured in the HR- Health Talk.

A clinic open house followed after the information session. 

Facilitated by the IRRI Medical Clinic, the info session was organized by the Human Resources-Work Relations & Advisory Services Office.


HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2016-040

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Presentation skills course held at HQ




Two sessions of a presentation skills course for IRRI’s Globally Recruited Staff (GRS) were held on 5-6 and 7-8 September at IRRI headquarters.

The course objectives include designing structured presentations to focus on outcomes, managing slides to deliver complex technical information, and developing high impact stories, analogies, and evidence to engage audiences.

The participants, 28 GRS from the Research Division, were welcomed by Director General Matthew Morrell. The sessions were facilitated by Jane Anderson, a personal branding and presentation skills expert.

                              HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2016-039     


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Basic life support and first-aid training held at IRRI Bangladesh Office


The IRRI Bangladesh Office organized a training session on basic life support and first-aid for its staff on 4 September. The training was conducted by a team of medical experts headed by Dr. Ashish Nandi, consultant and coordinator, Accident and Emergency Department of the Apollo Hospital in Bangladesh.


A total of 27 staff members participated in the 3-hour training session on first-aid, basic treatment of wounds, and a practical session in using an Automated External Defibrillator).

                   HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2016-038


Friday, 2 September 2016