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The Institute for Labor Studies Management, led by Executive Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba, with the Human Resource Unit, has started its series of consultations with Civil Service Commission Director May Antonette D. Arriola to craft action plans for the Level II accreditation of the Institute under the Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM).

Under PRIME-HRM, the CSC assesses the maturity level of an agency’s 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.

Director Arriola’s presentation on the fundamental principles of the CSC PRIME-HRM during the August mid-year planning of the Institute in Tagaytay capacitated the employees on the full implication of the said program. The ILS has since consulted on the Institute’s outputs already accomplished for Recruitment, Selection, and Placement (RSP) and Performance Management (PM) as part of the PRIME-HRM Action Plan.

Among the ILS actions already undertaken and approved under the guidance of Director Arriola are the following: Customized RSP Policy with specific guidelines in the application of Equal Employment Opportunity Principle (EEOP) through an issuance of an Administrative Order No. 70, series of 2019; talent sourcing mechanisms; 2019 Workforce Plan; Onboarding program; 2018 Annual Report on RSP; Certification adopting DOLE SPMS Guidelines; draft of Career Development Program, which includes guidelines on coaching and mentoring; and Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS) 2019 Calendar.

PRIME-HRM integrates and enhances the Personnel Management Assessment and Assistance Program (PMAAP) and the CSC Agency Accreditation Program (CSCAAP). It is a mechanism that empowers government agencies by developing their human resource management competencies, systems, and practices toward HR excellence. It also entails greater engagement not just of the human resource management officer (HRMO) but also of the officials and the rank-and-file employees of the agency.