PSA-ARMM completes 2018 Group Learning Sessions

August 24, 2018News Article Ref No.: NL-ARMM-18-026
PSA-ARMM officials and employees, together with Dr. Abubakar S. Asaad, during the 2018 Group Learning Sessions in Zamboanga City.

Forty-four employees of the Philippine Statistics Authority in ARMM (PSA-ARMM) and its provincial offices completed the 2018 Group Learning Sessions or Mid-Year Performance Review for the first semester of 2018 last July 23 to 25, 2018 at Marcian Garden Hotel, Zamboanga City.

OIC-Regional Director Razulden A. Mangelen headed this event, together with the Provincial Statistics Officers (PSOs) of the Provincial Offices namely, Mr. Naser S. Usman of Basilan, Ms. Noronisa D. Macadadaya of Lanao del Sur, Mr. Akan G. Tula of Maguindanao, Mr. Medzhor A. Tan of Sulu and Mr. Masil H.Mohammadsha of Tawi-Tawi. Dr. Abubakar S. Asaad, OIC of the Statistical Methodology Unit (SMU) underthe Office of the National Statistician (ONS) of PSA, represented PSA Central Office, shared an inspirationalmessage and lectured on the accomplishment of Office Performance and Commitment Review (OPCR).

OIC-RD Mangelen welcomed and acknowledged the officials and employees under his leadership. He also expressed his gratitude to Dr. Asaad for accepting the invitation and for his never ending support to PSA-ARMM. Moreover, OIC-RD Mangelen commended the distinct commitment and dedication of the employees of PSA-ARMM for being able to accomplish and comply to the demands of their works despite of the very challenging situation in ARMM in terms of its geographical location and peace and order condition.

Dr. Asaad took the opportunity to once again extend his sincerest appreciation to the dedication and cooperation of PSA-ARMM employees during his two years of leadership. Dr. Asaad put emphasis on setting of high goals and being optimistic as the keys to a successful endeavor. According to him, every employee should aim to make a difference despite the deadlines and always look at the bright side.

“If you ever want to do anything great with your life, you have to avoid all negativity,” Dr. Asaad reminded PSA-ARMM employees.

Ms. Norhayyah A. Tula, Senior Statistical Specialist of PSA-ARMM, officially started the Group Learning Sessions by presenting the event’s objectives and expectations, as well as the number of participants by position and the summary of presentations and events to be conducted on the following days. This was followed by Dr. Asaad’s presentation on the guidelines on the accomplishment of revised OPCR as per Office Memorandum 2018-121 issued by Dr. Lisa Grace S. Bersales, the National Statistician and Civil Registrar General of PSA, on April 20, 2018. According to Dr. Asaad, the updated format will be used for the OPCR targets and accomplishments for the second semester of 2018.

The Statistical Operations and Coordination Division (SOCD), Civil Registration and Administrative Support Division (CRASD), and provincial offices presented their accomplishments in January to June 2018 either through AVP or powerpoint presentation, and shared their identified best practices and innovations as well.

On the second day, Ms. Noraisa E. Nur, Administrative Officer IV/HRMO of PSA-ARMM, and Ms. Rufaidah T. Ibrahim, Accountant III of PSA-ARMM, were tasked to lecture on Quality Management System in lieu of Mr. Reynor R. Imperial, Director III of Planning and Management Service (PMS) under ONS of PSA, who was not able to attend the event due to equally important commitments. This was followed by the presentation of OPCR of all divisions and provincial offices, including the Office of the Regional Director (ORD).

Ms. Nur continued the session with her lecture on Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) which serves as guide for the supervisors in assessing the performance of their employees. Moreover, Mr. Mahmur H. Sarail, Chief of SOCD, presented the consolidated Workload Analysis of PSA-ARMM as the guide of employees in equally distributing workloads on statistical activities.

Issues and concerns on the rules and regulations on human resource and finance were highlighted during the Open Forum. The session was ended with a team building activity composed of two games entitled Egg-Protect and The Barter Puzzle. This was facilitated by the secretariat as assigned by Dir. Imperial.

The last day of the activity was started with a Zumba session of the employees. After the breakfast, the participants proceeded to the venue for the closing program. Mr. Nicanor C. Pableo, Administrative Officer I of PSA-Basilan; Mr. Abulkhair P. Ditucalan, Registration Officer II of PSA-Lanao del Sur; Ms. Mokendi A. Calid, Statistical Specialist II of PSA-Maguindanao; Mr. Moh. Sahnur S. Udjah, Supervising Statistical Specialist of PSA-Sulu; and Mr. Hobnel I. Monel, Supervising Statistical Specialist of PSA-Tawi-Tawi, were tasked to give their impressions towards the conduct of the activity on behalf of their respective offices. Their impressions have highlighted the impressive venue, smooth flow of the program and importance of facilitating this kind of activity.

This was followed by the awarding of certificates to the participants and prizes to the winning groups during the teambulding activity.

OIC-RD Mangelen responded to their impressions on behalf of the regional office. Accoridng to him, the office must regularly conduct performance-assessment activities like the Group Learning Sessions and PSO Conference. Through these programs, the officials and employees are able to raise their concerns, discuss about them and recommend some solutions. Assessing the performance of the offices and each of its employees in terms of statistical, financial and human resource standards and activities is crucial for the improvement of the over-all accomplishment of the agency.