July 3, 2017

Top names in management training, life coaching, human resource management and organizational development join international experts for the 2017 Public Sector Human Resource Symposium on July 4-6, 2017 in Manila.

Over 2,000 HR professionals from the government, the private sector, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will attend the event. With the theme, “Shaping Change,” the event highlights global trends and best practices in human resource (HR) management and organization development (OD).


Around 60 speakers will share their expertise in human resource management including concepts and insights in managing change brought about by new directions and management approaches. The event will also showcase practices and experiences of progressive organizations in introducing, coping, and shaping change. The need to shape change in the personal, organizational, and societal levels will be underscored during the plenary and in the 40 concurrent sessions.

Showbiz icon and successful public relations manager Dr. Boy Abunda will be one of the plenary speakers. The “King of Talk” will discuss his personal transformation, focusing on his “Change Journey” or how he was able to rise from being a poor boy from Borongan, Eastern Samar to being one of the most respected celebrities in the country.

International experts include Ashish Malik, Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia, who will discuss Managing People in Crisis and Change, and Dr. Murli Viswanathan of the Carnegie Mellon University in South Australia who will tackle Big Data and Emerging HR Technologies.

CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala underscored the importance of coming up with venues that will develop and implement capacity-building programs to enhance the professional standards and capability of civil servants, especially in the area of HR management leading to the ASEAN integration. “The holding of the Human Resource Symposium is part of our commitment as signatory to the ASEAN Leaders Declaration on the Role of the Civil Service as a Catalyst for Achieving ASEAN Community Vision 2025. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, along with the other nine leaders of the ASEAN Member States, signed the agreement in recognition of the critical role of the civil service in driving national and social development, and in providing vital services to the people of ASEAN,” added Chairperson Bala.

One of the highlights of the 2017 HR Symposium is the Dekada na ang ARTA which aims to showcase how Republic Act No. 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) of 2007 helped shape change in public service delivery. An ARTA Caravan will be set-up at the PICC where participants get a first-hand experience at availing themselves of frontline services from selected government agencies. ###