City of Koronadal, South Cotabato — The NEDA-Human Resource Development Division (HRDD), Central Support Office gathered the staff handling personnel functions at the NEDA Regional and Staffs/Offices in a Human Resource (HR) Forum and Writeshop on HR Policies on 24-27 October 2017 at Astoria Hotels and Resort, Pasig City. NEDA Undersecretary Miguel Dela Rosa gave the opening remarks and welcomed the participants, including the Regional/Assistant Regional Directors who joined the activity. Other NEDA officials present during the forum were Director Ma. Monica Pagunsan of NEDA-Administrative Staff, NEDA-Financial Planning and Management Staff Director Greg Pineda, and NEDA- HRDD Chief Myra Dela Cruz.

The forum aimed to: a) orient the participants on the 2017 Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other Human Resource Actions (ORAOHRA), and b) review and draft specific policies for the core human resource systems (recruitment, selection and promotion, performance management, rewards and recognition, and learning and development), in view of the requirements of the enhanced tool for PRIME-HRM.

The activity adopted the method of lectures and workshops.  Group outputs were presented in the plenary. This also served as venue for the presentation of some issues and concerns relative to the above-mentioned HR systems.

The main resource person of the HR Forum was Director Lucy Pagdanganan of the Civil Service Commission-National Capital Region. She also facilitated/ cliniqued the workshop outputs and provided substantial inputs.

The first two days of the HR Forum were devoted to Director Pagdanganan’s  discussion of the ORAOHRA which took effect on 17 August 2017. She emphasized the following: Rule IX-Agency Merit Selection Plan and Human Merit Promotion and Selection Board, Rule XI–Disapproval/Invalidation and Recall of Approval/Validation of Appointments, Rule XII-Prohibitions, and Rule XIII-Role of the HRMO.

Writeshops focused on the review of the Draft NEDA Merit and Selection Plan (NMSP) and preparation of the System of Ranking Positions (SRP); review of the NEDA SPMS success indicators, performance indicators; review and drafting of the specific policies for the NEDA Rewards and Recognition System/NAIS and the CDISC guidelines.

A short program was held on 27 October 2017 to formally close the HR Forum and writeshop. Director Pagunsan thanked the NEDA Central and Regional Offices for sending participants who also shared inputs for NEDA to come up with sound and effective policies for the management and development of its employees. (Lalaine M. Sajelan and Myra L Sajo, FAD)