The Department of Personnel Management commenced the Regional Reforms Workshop starting with the Highlands Region this week, at the Western Highlands Province.
Department of Personnel Management’s Deputy Secretary Reforms and Policy Mr. Ellison Kalimet who officially opened the workshops and delivered the keynote speech on behalf of Secretary Ms. Taies Sansan said it was a pleasure to be able to officiate this very important and significant reforms workshop for the highlands region.
“The regional workshops give my department an opportunity to touch base with the people on the ground. It is also an opportunity to provide awareness about key policy initiatives for the whole of government that you all need to be made aware of,” said Deputy Secretary Ellison Kalimet.
The five-day workshop will highlight the key reform activities that the department is currently undertaking one of which is the development of a Public Service Housing Policy and its related policies which intends to put forward and have the right policies that guides housing for public servants.
DPM in partnership with the National Research Institute is working on developing a housing policy which will address the issue of housing not only for public servants but for Papua New Guineans as a whole said Mr. Kalimet.
Kalimet said, housing for public servants have been a long-standing issue of which successive governments have tried to address but I would like to acknowledge the support of the Marape/Rosso government for taking a bold step to support the public service ministry to push us to find ways to deliver on this pressing issue.
Other reform activities that will be covered during the week-long workshop is, The Public Service Life and Medical Insurance scheme, Performance Management System (PMS), Human Resource Strategic Plan (HRDSP 2020- 2050), Special General Order 11, Payroll Version upgrade, Retirement process and requirements, Unattached Redeployment process, offline payments, Gender Equity and Social Inclusion, Schedule 13. 1 and the Health Awards.
Provincial Administrators, District administrators, CEO of PHA’s and HR Personnel of government agencies in the region who attended the workshop were urged to take this opportunity to fully participate and engage in discussions to ensure that important reform initiatives that DPM is undertaking are understood and realized.