HR practitioners gear up for Asean 2015

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Monday, June 23, 2014

TO ENSURE that the Philippines’ economic community is ready for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) integration, the People Management Association of the Philippines conducted the 16th PMAP 2014, which is gearing up for the Asean Integration at a hotel here on June 19-20.

The summit, with a target of 150 human resource (HR) specialists, catered to more than 200 delegates from all over Mindanao, with HR practitioners from Davao having the most number.

The two-day summit’s goal is to prepare HR practitioners and workplace leaders for the unexpected changes brought by the Asean integration.
The Asean 2015 which is foreseen to bring in new opportunities for the Philippines will bring in rough competition as well.


PMAP hopes that by then, the economic community will be ready for the challenges.

Keynote speaker Francis J. Kong, director of Inspire Leadership Consultancy, tackled on leading a work force which is culturally diverse.
HR practitioners engaged in a lecture with Kong on managing the clash of generations in the work place.

He also encouraged parents to develop two important skills in their children: people skills and confidence, which according to Kong, are sure ways to succeed in any career or business.

Kong is also the president of Success Options Publishing Company of Funworks, Philippines’ provider of Mad Science, the number 1 science edutainment program in the world.

“HR practitioners are leaders in their companies,” said Wilma Magdale, host chapter president of Cagayan de Oro City and trustee in-charge for PMAP Mindanao 2014.

“The HR leads the human resource, the most important asset of every workplace,” Magdale said.

Dr. Carsten Evers, power plant manager of STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI), shared strategies in managing the work force to cooperate despite their differences.

SPI, which operates and maintains the first coal-fired power plant in Mindanao currently employs more than 200 workers, with regular employees making up the most headcount.

The secret, according to Evers, is to think of your employees as business partners, not workers.

Other speakers of the summit are Atty. Josephus B. Jimenez, PMAP president; Ging Igual, Towers Watson consultant, SVP and Deputy Head of HR Group of the Philippine National Bank; and Maricar Olaivar-Estrabo, senior marketing specialist of JobStreet.Com.

PMAP is a professional non – stock, non – profit organization with 1,800 member companies and individuals with careers related to Human Resource.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 23, 2014.


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