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NEWS 2015

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December 5, 2015

Good afternoon and welcome to the Human Resource Forum on "Promoting Government Employees' Competitiveness Through Responsive Legislation". This is the third collaboration between the Personnel Officers Association of the Philippines and the University of Makati and we are deeply appreciative to Executive Vice President Raymundo P. Arcega for spearheading this forum and the previous ones. Thanks goes also to all his UMAK team, VP Aurora F. Serrano, HRMO Head Engr. Sheila Villanueva, the UMAK Choir, and the administrative staff.

Our theme for today is very apt as we journey toward the National Elections of 2016, when we elect the highest officials of the land for the succeeding years. We are not alone in this responsibility as we see the United States of America and other countries prepare for their elections.

Truly, electing the competent, decent, honest, and Christian officials will spell the fate of the bureaucracy; as our development as professionals and empowerment as individuals hinges on whether they are responsible and will fulfill the mandates of their respective offices.

In the past several years, POAP has sent many resolutions to the Office of the President, to the CSC, to the DBM, and other concerned agencies regarding the plight of the government employees, especially the human resources officers like, appointment of qualified HRO, meager training fees, and per diems which are no longer practical, etc.

Sadly, it is only this year that these agencies responded to us, the DBM referred back our resolutions to the CSC for its appropriate action, and two weeks ago, the Office of the President, in the person of Director Kimpo met with us and promised to look into and study these resolution. Let us pray that we get the expected results of the meeting.

The theme of this year's POAP National Conference, our 40th , "Towards An Ethical Leadership" underscores our roles in protecting our rights and privileges. Our selected speakers will share their insights on how we can elect the most qualified and competent officials.

This afternoon, let us listen to the panelists as they discuss their respective roles vis-a-vis our theme.

Good day to all.


October 26, 2015

Section 21, Chapter 5 of Executive order no. 292, states:

"Recruitment and Selection of Employees.-(1) Opportunity for government employment shall be open to all qualified citizens and positive efforts shall be exerted to attract the best qualified to enter the service. Employees shall be selected on the basis of fitness to perform the duties and assume the responsibilities of the positions."

The foregoing provision provides the basis for selection of employees in the government service; that employees shall be selected on the basis of merit and fitness with the goal of attracting the best qualified to enter the service. The Civil Service Commission is tasked to exert positive efforts to achieve this undertaking.

What has the Civil Service Commission done to respond to this challenge? One of the steps undertaken by the Commission is to prescribe adequate qualification standards for each government position with the end in view that only those qualified may discharge the given official function and see to it that incompetents do not have a place in public service.

However, the task does not stop with the selection and employment of the best qualified. The formidable task, I believe, is in keeping the best qualified in government service and making them at par with their counterparts in the private sector.

On its end, the Civil Service Commission has launched several programs to improve the human government resources. We have the Strategic Performance Management System or SPMS which in simple words is a tool to measure objectively the performance of an individual. Then the PRIME-HRM or Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management is a tool to measure the health of agency's Human Resource Management System using international or globally accepted indicators and currently, the Commission introduced Competency Based Recruitment and Selection as well as Learning Development. The Commission has likewise given awards to deserving government employees in recognition of their excellent public service. Nevertheless, the Commission cannot, by itself, achieve the promotion of government employees' competitiveness. The other branches must also contribute to this cause. What comes to mind is the role of the Legislative Department of government. It is the within the power of Congress to legislate laws beneficial to government employees.

Recently, the Salary Standardization Law is undergoing revision to upgrade the salaries of government employees. One of the reasons given by government employees for their transfer to the private sector, or for migration abroad is the significant difference in salary based. The sentiment is that the volume and quality of work expected is not commensurate to the salary actually received by government employees. Given the revised salary scale, I am optimistic that not only will government employees opt to remain in public service, it will also attract those in the private sector to enter government service. Hopefully, this measure will be passed into law before the expiration of the term of the incumbent President.

Aside from this measure, at present, there is nothing else which immediately comes to mind that would promote government employees' competitiveness. Although I laud the efforts of our legislators in passing bills that would benefit government employees, I implore the Honorable Members of Congress to pass legislation that would not only benefit the government employees but would also be responsive in promoting competitiveness; legislation that would ensure that only the best and brightest comprise the government work force.

All the same, efforts from the Civil Service Commission to attract the best qualified to enter the service and Congress to pass responsive legislation that would promote government employees' competitiveness, would be for naught without the commitment from the government employees themselves to professionalize and uplift public service. We have gone this far, and with our concerted efforts, its fruition is not far at hand. All these is align with the mission of the Civil Service Commission, as the central personnel agency of the bureaucracy, to be the Asia's leading center of excellence in strategic Human Resource and Organization Development.

So in behalf of Acting Chair Robert S. Martinez, mabuhay po ang Personnel Officers Association of the Philippines, mabuhay and Serbisyo Sibil ng Pilipinas.

Muli, magandang hapon sa inyong lahat.


May 18, 2015

Trainings of POAP starting Ist Quarter to the last quarter of 2015 will be conducted as scheduled.

This is in line with POAP's avowed commitment of continuously helping professionalize and enhance managerial and leadership capabilities of public servants.

POAP was accredited as a training institute by the Civil Service Commission on March 28, 2001 by CSC Chairman Karina Constantino David but CSC Resolution no. 0151858 dated December 14, 2005 implemented by MC 3 dated January 20, 2006 terminated the accreditation of all training institutes.

However, CSC Resolution No. 130618 promulgated April 20, 2012 revived the accreditation program.

CSC M.C. No. 13 of 2014 mandates the "Recognition and Accreditation of all Training Institutions;"hence, POAP is submitting the necessary documents required for its application for current accreditation. Morever, POAP is working towards its recognition as "a Partner with the Civil Service Commission in Building Capabilities of Civil Servants." Since its founding 57 years ago, POAP has been one of the few training institutions that have served the human resource development needs of government agencies and local governments. Additionally, POAP was recognized as an Institutional Partner of no less than the Career Executive Service Board (CESB) two years ago, to acknowledge its role in professionalizing the Bureaucracy.

Two POAP board of directors, Dr. Somerado M. Pandapatan, and Dr. Raymundo P. Arcega, Vice President of the University of Makati are just two of the many products of POAP who have successfully climbed the Career Ladder of their organizations.


May 18, 2015

Florante F. Alvero, Mgt. Officer, San Pablo City Water District, and Ildefonso O. Bergis, Administrative Officer IV, Maitum, Sarangani Province were elected as Board of Directors in an election held during 39th POAP Annual Conference at the University of Makati, December 8 - 12, 2014.

The three others elected were John P. Rabe, HRMO V UP, former Board of Directors, Somerado M. Pandapatan, ARMM Dep-Ed Director, Re-Electionist and Nelilita M. Tanggor, AO V, Bureau of Treasury, also a re-electionist.

These five (5) newly elected officers will serve a 3-yr full term from 2015 - 2017.

POAP Rules allow only a 3 yr-term for a Board of Directors. A break of one year is required before one can run again for the board.

Only members of good standing are allowed to run as Board of Director. To be a member of good standing, one must be updated with his financial obligations with POAP, attendance to at least one activity of POAP and the National Conference in a given year and at least 2 years as a regular member of good standing.


May 18, 2015

The Board of Directors re-elected Ms. Virginia N. Bactad as President of POAP for current year. Others elected are Atty. Edelwina dG. Parungao as Vice President, Ms. Lea M. Mendiola, Secretary; Ms. Teresita G. Arceo, Treasurer; Ms. Nelilita M. Tanggor, Asst. Treasurer; Atty. Julio R. Navarrete, Auditor, and Arturo T. Lising, PRO.

Different standing committees headed by a Board of Directors were also organized during the organizational meeting of the board on January 20, 2015 at the POAP Office, Delta Bldg., West Avenue corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.

Chairpersons and Members of Standing Committees:
Personnel/HR Studies and Research
Chairperson - Raymundo P. Arcega
Members - Somerado M. Pandapatan
Florante F. Alvero
Ildefonso O. Bergis
Committee on Finance
Chairperson - Lea M. Mendiola
Members - Nelilita M. Tanggor
Arturo T. Lising
Teresita G. Arceo
Committee on Rules
Chairperson - Edelwina dG. Parungao
Members - Julio R. Navarrete
Lea M. Mendiola
John P. Rabe
Committee on Membership
Chairperson - Somerado M. Pandapatan
Director for NCR - Raymundo P. Arcega
Directors for Luzon Ronaldo V. De Castro
Florante F. Alvero
Directors for Visayas Nora D. Aldave
Brenda D. Sarmiento
Directors for Mindanao Somerado M. Pandapatan
Ildefonso O. Bergis
Publications & External Affairs
Chairperson - Arturo T. Lising
Virginia dC. Valencia
Members - Nelilita M. Tanggor
Florante F. Alvero