Australia and the Philippines making a difference in civil service performance management

July 17-18, 2013 Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines – Over 1,000 human resource (HR) and organisational development (OD) practitioners and experts from both government and private sectors contributed to a stronger civil service for the Philippines.

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The Philippines Human Resources Symposium 2013 – “Performance Management: Strategies and Breakthroughs” served as a venue to understand and discuss performance management systems and to share best practices in its implementation. The Symposium recognised the importance of human resource development in building public institutions founded on good governance and in bringing about social change and reform.

As the Philippine government’s central human resource institution, the Civil Service Commission led a fully-booked learning session with the goal of strengthening and empowering the Philippine government’s current pool of human resources.

“The Civil Service Commission has always placed a premium on work performance and we believe that the HR Summit will provide valuable inputs in helping HR practitioners come up with the most effective methods in managing performance. Effective performance management relates directly with employee accountability and with accountability comes responsive, efficient and committed public service,” said Chairman Francisco Duque.

Recognizing the significant contribution of the HR Symposium in promoting effective public institutions, Australia supported the event through its flagship initiative on human resource management and development, and organisational development in the Philippines.

“The Australian Government is pleased to be a partner of the Philippine Government, through the Civil Service Commission, in strengthening and empowering its human resource and organisational development practitioners and experts,” said Elaine Ward, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Acting Minister Counsellor.

“Human resource and organization development is key to driving reform and social change. Australia is supporting the Philippine Government to enhance its ability to strengthen the culture of excellence, performance and accountability in the civil service.” she added.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been a partner of the Philippine government since the 1950s with development programs focusing on individual performance through scholarships. In the recent years, as part of the evolution of improving systems and human capacity for development, the Australian Government has shifted its focus to building institutions for reform and change.

In 2012, the Australian Government and the Philippine Government signed a Statement of Commitment for which the two countries agreed to work on areas of common interest. From 2012-2017 Australia’s development cooperation program in the Philippines will focus on improving  education, promoting peace and stability, enhancing services delivery with local governments, and helping reduce the country’s risks from natural disasters and climate change.

Australia continues to make a real difference by working with the Philippines to support the foundations for accountable transparent effective and inclusive governance.