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Month: April 2022

Graduate Against All Odds

Loretta during her graduation at PILAG, 2022.

In this April edition of the Newsletter, we feature Loretta Kialos from Madang Province.

She works with the Department as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Manager Industrial and Employment Conditions for almost 8 years.

As the saying goes, ‘behind every successful woman and man, there is a man or woman behind’.

For single-mum Loretta, it was, “behind a successful mother, is her kids and immediate family”.

Kialos recently graduated with her 2nd Diploma in Government Human Resource from the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance (PILAG’s) 4th Graduation on the 8th of April, 2022.

She dedicated her career achievement to her family, and thanked DPM, and her superiors in the Division for providing the opportunity for Public Servants like her to further her studies.

“I am anticipating to fully complete my bachelors degree in the near future,” Kialos said.

DPM’s Human Resource Development Strategic Plan 2020-2025 supports career development for public servants.

Kialos and her colleague, Lynne Zuguzugufa who recently graduated with Diplomas in HR are fruits of this strategic plan.

Kiolas said the course was relevant to her area of responsibility at work.

“This really helped me to contribute to my divisional technical officers were required,” she said.

She said this will also give her an opportunity to elevate her  position to take up higher challenges in her career in the department.

“In my view, DPM as an agency responsible for HR matters prioritizes upskilling and equipping public servants, so that there will be skilled public servants in the sector”.

Kialos said, “I would like to encourage my colleagues to give their best and take up challenges, because this is where you will achieve your possibilities, and overcome your self-esteem if you feel like you are one of those”.

Kialos said it is important for public servants to know the General Orders (GO) and the Public Service Management Act (PSMA).

She urged DPM staff to uphold the motto, ‘Rise Up, Step Up, and Speak Up’, anywhere in the Public Service Sector, reflecting DPM’s initiative.

Public Servants Must Make it Happen: Secretary

A Police Graduate saluting Ms Taies Sansan at PILAG’s 4th Graduation.

Department of Personnel Management Secretary and interim Chair of the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance (PILAG) Board, Ms Taies Sansan, has urged all Public Servants to make it happen, by realizing the National Government’s agendas and policies.

She said this during  PILAG’s 4th Graduation this month.

Ms Sansan said the government can only set policy agendas and make available resources.

“I want to stress that it is very important that government policies are implemented within the scarce allocation of resources we have, and ensure that every person feels the touch of government services”, said Ms Sansan.

She also told the graduands, most of them public servants, that the     Marape/Basil government have competing needs,   priorities and challenges in terms of the delivering of goods and services in the country.

“With the knowledge, skills, and competencies you have acquired at  PILAG, you will help me, PILAG, and the government to instill and inspire a cultural revolution of uncompromising and   unyielding commitment to competently discharge the Oath of Service you have pledged to God and the people of this Country, through the government,” Ms Sansan said.

 The National Public Service is the single biggest employer in the Country with its presence from Waigani in Port Moresby to the remotest parts of PNG.

It has 141 government agencies across the 22 Provinces, with over 125, 000 public servants on the Government         Ascender payroll.

Ms Sansan said the legacy mandate of the government of the day is to undertake reforms, intended to make the public service small.

A major impact of these reforms was the devolution of the HR powers that were given to the agency heads 13 years ago, and the decentralization of the financial and administrative powers to the lower tiers of the government.

DPM as the central government agency is supporting the reform, and is expected to have only 10 per cent of public servants in Pom to deal with policy matters, while the rest are implementing the work of the government in the districts and  provinces.

This has also seen Prime Minister James Marape  launching DPM’s 30-year Human Resource Strategic Plan 2020-2050 last year.

The plan highlights challenges and problems and have identified strategies to implement over the next 30 years.

“My challenge to you is; dare to be different, dare to be a change agent, dare to challenge the status quo, dare to be part of the solution, dare to be the best version of yourself every day, dare to be the change that you want to see in others.”

“Only then, we can see the change, the perception of the public service for being complacent and corrupt to competent and committed”.

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