More than 400 Human Resource Management Practitioners (HRMPs) from National Government Agencies, Local Government Units, State Universities and Colleges, and Government Owned and/or Controlled Corporations gathered on October 4-5, 2018 for the seventh (7th) Regional Congress of HRMPs at Diversion 21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.


The said Congress was spearheaded by the Civil Service Commission Regional Office VI (CSC RO VI) in collaboration with the Councils of HRMPs in region 6. The theme of the Regional Congress is “Strategic HR: Achieving Breakthrough Results through PRIME-HRM” which highlighted the success stories and breakthrough results in the implementation of the Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM), particularly, achieving Maturity Level 2.

PRIME-HRM is one of the advocacy programs of the Commission that looks into the agency human resource management practices, systems, and competencies. The program utilizes the strategies of assess, assist, and award to enable agencies to attain the highest maturity level which is Strategic HR. It aims to empower government human resources to render excellent public service.

CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala graced the opening of the Regional Congress and served as Keynote Speaker. In her message, she emphasized that human resources are important for sustainable growth. The Chair also told Heads of Agencies to take care of their human resources and that they can start by investing in their HRMPs by capacitating them through participation in training programs.

To set the mode of the Regional Congress, an update on PRIME-HRM in region 6 was presented by Director III Alexis S. Palomar-Tabino of the CSC RO VI. On the other hand, CSC RO VI Chief HR Specialist Leo F. Jamorin discussed the topic Service Delivery Revolution with the advent of the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act (EODB-EGSD) amending the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) of 2007. In his presentation, he provided the formula to achieve excellent government service which is “EODB-EGSD + PRIME-HRM = SERVICE DELIVERY EXCELLENCE.”

Atty. Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones, Executive Director of the Career Service Executive Service Board (CESB), tackled Employee Engagement: A Key Factor in Achieving Strategic HR. Director Allones discussed the top engagement drivers and principles of employee engagement in organizations. She also emphasized that performance is a product of the following: engagement, alignment, and competency.

Participants in the Regional Congress also gathered in the Fellowship Night on October 4 where they showcased their talents in Cultural Dance and Lip Synchronization contests. During the said event, seven government offices/agencies were recognized for meeting Maturity Level 2 Indicators in one or all of the core HR systems under PRIME-HRM based on CSC RO VI on-site assessment and HRPSO Validation conducted in the last quarter of 2017. The said awardees are as follows:

Recognized on one Core HR System:

(1) Department of Environment and Natural Resources RO VI

     (Recruitment, Selection, Placement)

(2) Department of Interior and Local Government RO VI

     (Performance Management)


Recognized on 4 Core HR Systems:

(1) Department of Education- Division of Guimaras

(2) Department of Education- Division of Roxas City


Bronze Awardees:

(1) Provincial Government of Aklan

(2) Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC)

(3) Department of Trade and Industry RO VI

Team Negros Occidental bagged first place in the Video Observation Challenge and Cultural Dance Contest while Team Aklan won first place in the Lip Synchronization Contest. The winners, together with the runners-up of the said contests were also awarded during the Fellowship Night.

On the second day of the Congress, Director IV Rodolfo B. Encajonado of the CSC RO VI gave an update on the 2017 Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other Human Resource Actions (ORAOHRA). Representatives from selected government offices and agencies also shared their best practices on the different HR systems with the participants.

Ms. Methusellah Santamaria and Ms. Maharanee Rafaela Briones of the Provincial Government of Aklan shared their best practices on Learning and Development while Assistant Regional Director Ermelinda Pollentes of the DTI RO VI shared the best practices of her agency on Recruitment, Selection, and Placement. Dr. Renato Sorolla, SUC President III of CHMSC, shared their best practices on Performance Management while Dr. Arniel Garque of the DepEd Division of Guimaras shared his agency’s best practices on Rewards and Recognition.

During the afternoon session, spouses May Avelynn and Victorino Garcia of Unleash International Corporation, who are both HR consultants, talked about Unleashing Work and Life: The HRMP Challenge. In their presentation, both speakers emphasized that what we have done is just a fraction of our fullest potential.  As such, HRMPs need to push their people to unleash their full potential, however, they also need to push themselves first. The Congress was capped with a reflection and Learning Integration by Ms. Garcia. Participants joined in the community singing of Lea Salonga’s song entitled “Lipad” which served as a reminder for them find courage and soar greater heights to unleash their fullest potential both in their personal life and in government service.