Learning from Each Other: Public and Private Sectors Interface Best Human Resource and Organizational Development Practices

Over 200 local and international human resource practitioners from the public and private sector gathered for a sharing of best practices on human resource and organizational development (HROD) last July 12 and 13 at the Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila, Ortigas, Quezon City. The event was a symposium themed “Towards a Unified, Strategic and Results-oriented HR Systems: A best Practice sharing of the Public and Private Sector.”

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Elaine Ward, Counselor of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, explaining about Australia's support for PAHRODF.

Organized by the Philippines Australia Human Resource and Organisational Development Facility (PAHRODF), the symposium aimed to highlight different perspectives, practices, and innovations on human resource and organizational development from both the public and the private sector.

PAHRODF is the Australian Government's flagship program to support human resource management, organisational development and institutional change in the Philippines. Elaine Ward, Counsellor of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), explained that their support for PAHRODF “reflects how the Australian Government places human resource and organizational development on the heart of reform and delivering change and social equity for the Philippines and its future."

In two days, various presentations and workshops highlighted paradigm shifts in approaching HROD. There was emphasis on transformational change through strategic interventions that involved business thinking over traditional HR practices. Technology and new social media schemes are among other tools that could help innovate the existing systems of recruitment, selection, and sustainability of humans as resources. Presentations also helped see a more relational process in engaging people to take ownership of the whole company or organizational transformation.

The event hosted an interface between the private sector and model public agencies such as the Civil Service Commission, Civil Service Institute, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur. Various organizational development consulting firms and private companies also shared experiences and learning on addressing HROD in a corporate setting.

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Participants from the private and public sectors expressing their support to improve their human resource management, corporate planning, change management and business processes in their respective workplaces.

Australia, through PAHRODF, works with a select group of Philippine organisations – public, non-profit, and private – to improve their human resource management, corporate planning, change management and business processes. Well-targeted support for organisational development can catalyse tangible gains, such as more efficient delivery of services, increased local revenues and savings from operational expenses, which improve the efficiency of government and non-government programs.

Australia is a long-standing development partner of the Philippines and one of the country’s largest bilateral grant aid donors. In 2012-13, Australia will provide Php5.5 billion in development assistance to the Philippines.

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