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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.

Public Servants challenged to be leaders at work place

Minister for Public Service Westly Nukundj challenged recipients of Certificate in Leadership and Governance to be leaders in their respective provincial governments and state entities which they represent.

Minister Nukundj was speaking at the graduation of the 2nd batch of Public Servants from the Momase, Highlands and Southern Region who graduated on the 16th of August 2019 at the Lae International Hotel, Morobe Province, with Certificates in Leadership and Governance. A total of 34 public servants underwent 6 weeks of intensive training on Leadership and Governance, facilitated by the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance (PILAG).

This program has been running since 2016 and is funded and delivered under a Public Private Partnership between the SP Brewery Foundation Inc. and PILAG. This certificate program is aimed at equipping public servants with the best possible knowledge and skills required to have an impact at their respective work place and to take a leading role at work.

The Public Service is challenged to do more in service delivery. Beyond working, the whole of Government approach, Our Public Service must now achieve Whole of Nation outcomes highlighted the Minister.

He said the Government is now looking at appointing Public Servants to senior positions through merit. And therefore challenged public servants to take lead in their roles and responsibilities.

Minister Nukundj said the government is now looking at ensuring that all public servants are on contracts with specified key result areas so they are seen to be performing and assessments will be made on them.

“Starting from Tea boy up to the management levelwe want all public servants to be on contract basis on merit. Public Servants had always had the perception that one has to serve in a department for a good number of years before being promoted to a senior role.”

He commended the SP Brewery Foundation Inc. for this important partnership saying this is a true testimony of a corporate entity passionate on taking social responsibility to help develop capacities in the public sector. The Minister also extended an invitation to other corporate entities to come on board and join in similar arrangements with PILAG to better the workforce. He said the Government is progressing in the development of public sector capabilities in leadership, strategic management, financial management and other key elements of public service.

SP Brewery announced its support for the continuity of the program with a commitment of K250 000 funding for year 2020.

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.

PILAG OPENS NEW LIBRARY

Many years ago PNG used to have libraries in most schools and provinces but most have been shut down due to lack of funding to maintain them and books being outdated said Public Service Minister Westly Nukundj when welcoming development partners and Australian Foreign Affairs Minister and Minister for Women, Marise Payne, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Davies Stevens, to the opening of the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance library opening ceremony.

“Technology is having a major impact in the lives of our people and in order to have an up to date library in an institute like PILAG is a bonus for the public servants in the country,” said Nukundj.

“PILAG has been committed over the years in development and training of high performing public servants throughout the country,” he said.

In the library there is a section given to ‘The Russel B. Trood Collection’ where late Trood’s personal book collection is kept.

Russel Brunell Trood (5th December 1948 – 9 January 2017) was an Australian scholar and politician who is held in high-regard for his distinguished academic career, passion for public service and foreign policy expertise.

Professor Caitlin Byrne, Director for Griffith Asia Institute and representing late Trood family described late Trood as a leading Australian thinker on international relations. He inspired generations of tertiary students as a teacher at the Australian National University and Griffith University, and was often relied upon by community organizations, public sector agencies and politicians as a trusted foreign policy adviser.

“The Russel Trood Collection was gifted by his family to the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance to honor him and his wish,” added Prof Byrne.

Minister Payne acknowledged the continued partnership between PNG and Australia and promised that Australia will remain steadfast to PNG.

“I am pleased that its vision of teaching future leaders continues today through the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct,” said Minister Payne.

Payne was delighted to open the new library as well as launch the Russel Trood Collection.

“I am delighted that my friend and colleague, the late Senator Russel Trood, donated his professional and personal library to PNG.”

Minister Payne was emotional when she described late Trood as one of Australia’s finest policy minds.

Deputy Prime Minister Davies Stevens stressed that PILAG has a legacy of training capable leaders within the public service in PNG.

“A breed of new generation leadership. Leadership that embraces ethics and commitment in service for our people. Not only in public service but in all sectors of society,” said Stevens .

“No amount of legislation will be effective without a change in attitude,” said Stevens. Stevens added that a change in how we perceive right and wrong and a simple commitment to doing the right thing, making PNG a better place, taking back our nation and restoring it to a position where we can advance and progress for the better future for our people.

OGAPHS FAREWELL TRAINEES

Four final year students from the University of Technology completed their 6 months internship training with the Office of Government Accommodation and Public Service Housing as part of their course requirement to complete their respective programs.

“Translating theory to practice is a challenge that all of us go through. In PNG its competitive to find employment but don’t be discouraged, focus on what you want,” said acting Deputy Secretary for Executive Resourcing Services Mr Vele Ravugamini.

Mr Ravugamini thanked the students for providing much needed assistance to the division and encouraged them to stay focus and engage.

“Different people go through different challenges but there is another path that God has planned for you,” said Ravugamini.

The four trainees are Ezekiel Peter, Maryanne Porika, Joel Walano and Samuel Paita.

Miss Maryanne Porika, on behalf of the trainees, thanked DPM for the valuable advice, shared experiences and shared knowledge which will assist them in their remaining study time and in future endeavors. DPM organized a small lunch, token of appreciated and certificates for the trainees for their time assistance to the department.

DPM LAUNCHES 4 YEAR CORPORATE PLAN

The launching of the Department of Personnel Management Corporate Plan 2019-2022 was a milestone event and an achievement because the National Executive Council has approved this document to be used as a template for all other government departments and agencies including provincial administrations when developing their respective corporate plans.

DPM’s vision is “To have an efficient, ethical and value-oriented Public Servants who can provide Public Service to the people of Papua New Guinea” with the mission statement “For Papua New Guinea to have a cadre of qualified Public Servants who will enter the Public Service at the District level and enhance the provision of service to the people.

Good governance, among many things, was intricately woven into the planned activities with acting secretary duly accountable for all work plans in different divisions and streams by committing her Key Result Areas which are normally part of contracts to the work plan of the department.

This is where the Performance Management System (PMS) plays a vital role of ensuring departmental heads are accountable for the management of their respective agencies.

“I would like all Departments and Government Agencies to follow this format. We must cut down on unproductivity, reduce and refine the public bureaucracy to a lean machine and lessen maladministration including nepotism and outright corruption,” said Public Service Minister Elias Kapavore.

“DPM’s primary function is central to human resource development just as it is to the leadership and reinvigoration of the public service. However, to accomplish what should be done on different fronts, DPM must be smart and strategic in its thinking by taking proactive and decisive steps on the way forward.

Under this Corporate Plan, DPM will place more emphasis on the management of its Corporate Responsibility by being in the face of all agencies of government to ensure that whilst applying the delegated HR powers through the Public Service General Orders, taking a proactive step such as getting two or three individuals on one position to rectify continuous budget blowouts in personnel emoluments in the country’s national budget. All staff were smartly attired in the new Corporate Uniform to support Acting Secretary Sansan and Minister Kapavore launch the new Corporate Plan 2019-2022.