CALAPAN CITY, ORIENTAL MINDORO – DOLE MIMAROPA successfully held its general assembly and union events on April 8-9, 2019.

Eighty-nine (89) participants from different provinces were welcomed by Mr. Bernardo B. Toriano, OIC Assistant Regional Director followed by keynote message by Joel M. Gonzales.

First part of the activity was the orientation on Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM). Second quarter of 2018, PRIME-HRM was introduced by Civil Service Commission (CSC) to DOLE MIMAROPA. It is a mechanism that empowers government agencies by developing their human resource management competencies, systems, and practices toward HR excellence.  As one of the target agencies for this year, DOLE MIMAROPA will be assessed in maturity level of its competencies, systems, and practices in four HR systems: (1) recruitment, selection, and placement; (2) learning and development; (3) performance management; and (4) rewards and recognition. Based on the assessment, a government agency may be classified according to four maturity levels: (1) Strategic HRM; (2) Process Defined HRM; (3) Integrated HRM; and (4) Strategic HRM.

Currently, DOLE MIMAROPA is working towards maturity level II in preparation for the said assessment in which all employees must be equipped by the core essence of PRIME-HRM. In this activity, DOLE MIMAROPA was fortunate to have Mr. Fernando O. Mendoza, Assistant Regional Director of CSC, who effectively discussed the PRIME-HRM. Mr. Mendoza was hoping for DOLE MIMAROPA to be accredited this year as he mentioned: “I am looking forward that you will be one of the agencies to be awarded with maturity level II or process defined HRM”.

Orientation on DOLE Quality Management System ISO 9001:2015 was part of the general assembly. Said activity was facilitated by ARD Toriano and Ms. Rosemarie E. Campos, Internal Audit Head in which participants were coached in filling-up the revised risk registers and other related forms. Also, RD Gonzales spearheaded the discussion on DOLE MIMAROPA’s Quality Manual.

Meanwhile, Online Union Registration System (OURS) was presented by Mr. John Christopher T. Gunday, Information System Analyst II. Said innovated registration portal was developed by Bureau of Labor Relations to easily register the workers association or any unions. Moreover, it will serve as databank for the said registered organizations. OURS will be launched once the system is fully developed for better implementation.

Having the approved format of Office Performance Commitment and Review (OPCR), Ms. Chrie Lou A. Calinao, Planning Officer Designate, presented the success indicators and rating guide during the second day of activity as participants learned the step-by-step formula especially its new standard performance measures – quantity, quality and timeliness.

Later in the afternoon, union event was presided by Mr. Carlo B. Villaflores (outgoing President) in which new set officers for DOLE MIMAROPA Employees Association (DOMEA) were elected, as follows: Philip T. Alano (President) ; Roderick F. Tamacay (Vice-President) ; Renell G. Mayo (Secretary) ; Charity R. Cabral (Treasurer) ; Chrie Lou A. Calinao (Auditor), and Board of Directors – Gener L. Francisco (Occidental Mindoro) ; Mary Ann B. Dudas (Oriental Mindoro) ; Maria Cielo O. Orilla (Marinduque) ; Paul Fulbert W. Pukias (Romblon) ; and Ma. Socorro U. Marquez (Palawan).

Outsourced and project-based personnel attended the orientation on General Labor Standards, Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Work Ethics simultaneously conducted that afternoon. Labor Inspectors Mari-jo L. Cordova and Engr. Rhea J. Paitan served as speakers in the said activity.

After the 2-day productive activity, DOLE MIMAROPA paved way for some bonding exercises which aims to develop the camaraderie among and between the employees.

End/Emmanuel Antonio P. Portugal Jr.