Australia supports Civil Service Commission in organising the fifth Philippine Public Sector Human Resource Symposium

The Australian Government and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) brought together influential changemakers from Australia, the United States, Vietnam and the Philippines to share their transformational experiences during the fifth Philippine Public Sector Human Resource (HR) Symposium on 4 to 6 July 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center.

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With the theme, "Shaping Change", the event highlighted global trends on HR and organisational development as means to initiate and manage change in the workplace. Over 2,000 HR professionals from government and the private sector attended the event and learned how to introduce and deliberately shape change for the benefit of their organisations.

HR Symposium 2017 (2)The line-up of speakers included Filipino innovators such as Country Manager for Google Philippines Kenneth Lingan, and media shakers Anthony Pangilinan and Boy Abunda; ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh; and lecturers from prominent Australian universities including Griffith University, Carnegie Melon University and the University of Newcastle. The latter was invited through its institutional partnership with the De La Salle University which was brokered by the Australian Embassy in the Philippines.

Amanda Gorely, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, commended the successful collaboration between Australia and the Philippines during her speech at the symposium. She said, "2017 marks the fifth year of Australia’s partnership with the Commission in delivering what has become the most important learning event for the Philippine public sector in terms of human resource management and organisational development.”

“We are very proud of the symposium and how it has changed the way government manages its most important resource: its people, the public servants,” she added.

Chair Alicia dela-Rosa Bala acknowledged the support of the Australian Government. “We recognize too the assistance of regional and international agencies, foremost of which is the Australian Government,” she said during her welcoming remarks at the symposium. The opening ceremony also featured a special video presentation highlighting the results of all Australia-supported interventions at the Commission.

Australia is a firm supporter of the Philippines in building the human capacity in its civil service through the Philippines Australia Human Resource and Organisational Development Facility (PAHRODF).  The Facility has helped partner government agencies, including the CSC, to enhance their capacities, competencies, and change readiness which is important in improving overall service delivery.

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