Month: <span>December 2019</span>

DPM-PILAG SIGN MOU FOR HR BUSINESS PROCESS COURSE

The Department of Personnel Management in partnership with the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to progress the Certificate in Human Resource Business Process into a course of its own at PILAG starting next year.

“We are the agents of translating the policies that we have and this Certificate in Human Resource Business Process is all about enabling people to understand what is right and what is wrong,” said PILAG CEO Michael Barobe.

According to DPM Secretary, this MOU covers everything that both partners have been working on for years and this MOU is for the next 5 years and is subject to review along the way.

“I think this is long outstanding. We waited for this for a long time but this finally here, the fruit of it. We are going to witness the signing of this MOU on the roll-out and delivery of the HR Business Process between the two agencies and other related activities in this MOU,” said Secretary Sansan.

CEO Barobe added that there are backlogs of people down at provinces and districts who do not really understand the public service General Orders. DPM is blamed for those officers their mistakes so DPM and PILAG are here to iron some things out for them to understand out there as managers on the ground.

“This is one course where all government agencies must come on board and take part. The first roll-out will be in Morobe Province in 2020 in partnership with DPM,” said CEO Barobe. Secretary Sansan mentioned the distinction between DPM and PILAG. DPM is the policy developer while PILAG is the delivery arm to deliver these public service short courses.

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS WALK – LEAD NOW TO END GBV IN THE WORLD OF WORK

29th November marks the International Human Rights Defenders Walk day globally and this year’s theme is ‘Lead now to end GBV in the World of Work’ which is part of the 20 days of Human Rights Activism.

As part of the Annual International 20 Days of Human Rights Activism, Department of Personnel Management organized a walk from Fincorp Building in Waigani and walked to the Sir John Guise Stadium for Public Servants in Port Moresby to commemorate this day.

This walk is held to celebrate those women and children who have survived some form of violence and human rights abuses and to lend our voice in the call for change to stop violence against women and children.

“We are all here today because we believe in making a difference in the way we live or interact with each other in a peaceful and respectful manner regardless of our diverse backgrounds. We believe in the value of human life,” said DPM Acting Secretary and keynote speaker Taies Sansan.

Sansan added that public servants play a vital role in portraying role model attitudes and behaviors that reflects the values of Public service.

“Today’s march around the theme ‘Lead now to end Gender Based Violence in the world of work’ is a call for all employers and employees in our respective capacities to rise up, step up and speak up against Gender Based Violence that occur within our workplaces,” said Sansan. Sansan also warned all public servants that all forms of GBV will not be tolerated because GBV affects both men and women whether in our homes, our communities or in our workplaces.

UNATTACHED OFFICERS IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE

The number of unattached officers in the public service payroll has remained fairly constant in recent years and currently it is 6,177 are recorded as unattached.

Downsizing or right sizing of the public service through rationalization of the number of agencies, a freeze on public service recruiting and improved management of personnel has been a central theme in all public sector reform announcement.

Of the total number of unattached officers, 1,250 are in the Police Force being newly admitted probationary constables from Bomana Training College awaiting their assignments. Most of these officers are unattached as a result of reorganization and continue to perform their normal tasks therefore are legitimately paid.

However, it is clear that about 700 of the total are over the compulsory retirement age who have not been removed from payroll due to lack of funds to pay them off. Many agencies with unattached officers are awaiting funding to retrench or to complete reorganizations.