Author: Lonny Taingo

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.

61 PM&NEC STAFF GRADUATES FROM PILAG

61 staff from the Department of Prime Minister and National Executive Council graduated with certificates in Certificate in Computing and Information Technology, Investigative Report Writing and Basic Report Writing at the Manasupe Haus.

A total of 71 staff including security personnel and drivers were privileged to be the first staff members sponsored by their department to take up this course at the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance.

An emotional Chief Secretary to Government Ambassador Isaac Lupari congratulates those that successfully completed their respective courses.

“Some of my staff that graduated today do not have diplomas or degrees and some have been in this department for a long time and this is probably the first training they attended,” said Lupari.

“I take this opportunity to congratulate PM&NEC for being one of the first departments in 2019 to commit over K400,000 for staff to attend this program,” said Acting Secretary for Department of Personnel Management Taies Sansan. Sansan added that PILAG and Precinct Programs have assisted over 3,000 public servants already in various short courses and it’s important that agencies continue to monitor and evaluate the performance of their staff in order to see real value for investment and the impact these officers are having in their respective organizations.

EOE TAKES ON PUBLIC SERVICE MINISTRY

The new Public Service Minister, Hon. Soroi Eoe, has guaranteed to progress the work that former Minister, Hon. Westly Nukundj, has already set in motion because the vision of the Government still stands.

The recent Cabinet reshuffle has resulted in the change of political head for the Ministry of Public Service.

When acknowledging the outgoing Minister, Acting Secretary for the Department of Personnel Management Taies Sansan highlighted the major achievements under Minister Nukundj leadership where a Special General Order 11 was approved by Cabinet which sets pace for DPM to temporarily withdraw human resource powers given to agency heads in relation to organization structures, recruitment, selection, appointment, salary classification of positions, application and administration of allowances, attendance and punctuality and basic administrative management.

Another achievement is the 5-year Retirement Strategy which has been approved by Cabinet through a National Executive Council Decision No. NG122/2019.

In welcoming Minister Soroi Eoe, Sansan has pledge to continue to support the new Minister in progressing the work that are currently underway through the political leadership of Minister Eoe.

Minister Nukundj, who will take on the new role of Minister for Immigration and Boarder Security, thanked all the staff of DPM, Public Service Commission and the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance for the last 5 months of being in office and working together.

The new Public Service Minister, Hon. Soroi Eoe, pledged to try his very best to carry out the good work that the former Minister has done. “As politicians, we serve our people because that is our survival. We are given ministries to provide leadership and I salute Minister Nukundj for his hard work. I’ll try my very best to carry on the good work that you’ve done,” said Minister Eoe.

GESI POLICY IMPLEMENTATION PLANNING SESSION ROLLED OUT TO DfCDR

More than 30 staff of the Department for Community Development and Religion are currently being trained by Department of Personnel Management Gender Equity and Social Inclusion Whole of Government officers in sensitization and mainstreaming of the Gender Equity and Social Inclusion Policy.

This workshop is basically to introduce the GESI Policy, which is a new Government Policy, why this policy is important and how it can be embedded into the National Public Service work culture.

DfCDR Deputy Secretary for Corporate Services encouraged his officers to learn as much as possible when they are given the opportunity.

GESI WOG Manager, Emmanuel Ginis, assured the DfCDR participants that though their department is mandated by government to carry out this policy, DPM is coming from an administrative point of view and to work alongside other government departments to ensure that this policy is embedded into the work culture.

DfCDR officers were very excited about this workshop because they can now be able to contribute to GESI implementation, having an in-depth knowledge of the policy and how they can apply it to their respective workplaces.

The GESI Policy Implementation Planning Session is two-fold, sensitization which is the introduction to the policy and mainstreaming which is embedding the policy into work plans and work cultures.

This PIPS workshop will cover the whole DfCDR officers so that in their respective divisions and branches they can be able to work equitably and inclusively. DPM initiated the GESI Policy and is the custodian of this policy and so far more than a thousand public servants throughout the country.