Commissioner Leopoldo Roberto W. Valderosa Jr., addressing the heads of local government units in the Local Executives Program, emphasized the importance of human resource in any organization.
In his keynote speech on March 8, 2018 at the Xavier Estates Sports and Country Club, Commissioner Valderosa shared points from John Maxwell’s book on leadership “Winning With People”. He said “winning people” is a responsibility of local executives.
“The most important resource is the human resource. Ang tao ang kinakailangan natin at ito ay pinamumunuan ng tao (We need people who are also led by people),” he said.
According to the Commissioner, in order to properly lead people, trust must be present between the leader and the followers. However, he noted that trust takes time.
“Trust is the foundation of any relationship. If you trust your people, kahit anong klasing guidelines iyan, susunod iyan kasi may trust ka sa tao mo. Trust is given by co-workers and followers, and without it the leader cannot function. It also can be said that not only of leaders and followers but like all relationships, it takes time. It must be done one piece at a time. You cannot do it immediately,” he said.
He also likened trust to a frame. He said that like a frame to a painting, trust protects the value and showcases the beauty of an art.
“Kung gwapo imong painting, butangan nimog gwapo nga frame mutaas ang value ug lig-on pa. pero kung butangan lang nmog ordinary na frame, bisan unsa ka-gwapo, dali ra madaot (If you use a beautiful frame for your beautiful painting, then its value will increase, as well as protect it. However, if you will only use an ordinary frame no matter how beautiful the painting is, then it may easily get destroyed,” shared Commissioner Valderosa.
The Local Executives Program, attended by sixty-five (65) mayors, vice-mayors and Sangguniang Bayan members from Region 10, aimed to provide them information on their responsibilities and to strengthen their roles as heads of human resources in their respective local government units. These included topics on Strategic Management, Roles of Human Resource, and Change Management.
Executive Director Arthur Luis P. Florentin of CSC’s Civil Service Institute facilitated the discussions on Strategic Management. He presented topics on leaderships and tips on how the local executives can become effective leaders.
Director Florentin discussed the five (5) levels of leadership based on the book “Good to Great” by Jim Collins. The first level starts with the “Highly Capable Individual”. It is followed by “Contributing Team Member” at Level 2, “Competent Manager” at Level 3, and “Effective Leader” at Level 4. At Level 5, this type of leader is called the “Executive”.
“Lever 5 Leaders are those who are able to balance exercising professional will and personal humility. They are the leaders have the passion to introduce change and the courage to do what needs to be done to be able to realize and sustain the change,” Director Florentin said.
He further added that “Executives” shares the credit of achieving success with other, and are ambitious for the improvement and success of their own organizations.
Director II Abdullah M. Datu-Dacula from CSC Field Office Misamis Occidental discussed Human Resource (HR) Actions.
As provided under Sec. 3, Rule 1 on the General Policies on Appointments (Revised Omnibus Rules on Appointment), HR Action is “any action denoting the movement or progress of human resource in the civil service such as promotion, transfer, reappointment, reinstatement, reemployment, reclassification, detail, reassignment, secondment, demotion and separation.”
Director Datu-Dacula presented examples of HR actions on employee discipline, appointments, dropping from the rolls, reassignment and reorganization which were actual cases filed at the Commission.
After HR Actions, Change Management was discussed by Director II Cosette Maglasang-Mundo from CSC Field Office Misamis Oriental. She presented the importance of change management which is an approach in dealing with changes and transformation in an organization.
Before changes can happen, Director Maglasang-Mundo said that people engagement must already be present.
“Before we enable people by developing their capabilities, we should engage them. Leaders engage by connecting people to the directions they would like to take. The best way to engage them is to involve them in setting those directions,” she said.
Another topic discussed under Change Management was the “4Cs of Change Management” which are: Committing to Change, Capacitating for Change, Contributing and Collaborating, and Celebrating and Continuing Change.