55th PMAP Annual Conference Highlights
Last October 10-12, 2018, delegates from all over the country gathered at the ASEAN Convention Center for the 55th PMAP Annual Conference, the biggest gathering of HR practitioners and people managers in the country.
This year’s conference had the theme FOCUS with each letter representing the 5 major topics discussed in the different plenary sessions – Future of Work, Outside In, Collaboration, Unison and Sustainability.
Similar to last year, the registration for this year’s conference was done digitally with delegates receiving an ID tap card along with their kits. The ID card was used to monitor their attendance to the conference and concurrent sessions.
While registration was ongoing, the PMAP Expo was officially opened through a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by the 2018 PMAP Board of Trustees and representatives from the 70 company exhibitors. Delegates were encouraged to visit all of the exhibitors in order to get a chance to win prizes during the grand raffle at the end of the conference. Participants also had the chance to write their thoughts and learnings on the FOCUS wall located at the PMAP Expo.
Welcoming the delegates to Pampanga was a colorful dance number by the Angeles City Trade School dance troupe. PMAP President Michelle Garcia and Vice President Michelle Guce then officially opened the conference with their short but lively welcoming remarks. President Michelle introduced the new PMAP logo, updated PMAP hymn and True North, PMAP strategic plan for the next five years while Vice President Mitch discussed the conference theme and what to expect during the annual conference.
Plenary Session 1 was focused on the Future of Work. This session entitled Decoding the New Work Order: How Do We Win?
had the following speakers: Paris De L’Etraz (Professor of Entrepreneurial Management and Managing Director, Venture Lab), David Blake (President and CEO, Degreed) and George Yang (Founder and CEO, AI Pros). Vincent Tobias (Head of Innovation, Ayala Corporation) served as the moderator for this session.
Plenary Session 2 focused on the Outside In approach and was entitled Blueprint of Tomorrowland: Will Our Organizations Thrive?
This session had the following speakers: Adel Tan (Director for Compensation and Benefits APAC of LinkedIn), Sebastien Brion (Associate Professor of Managing People in Organizations, IESE Business School), and Mark Castro (Manager, HR Operations of BHP) and was moderated by PMAP Past President and Senior Vice President of Human Resources of the Philippine National Bank, Schubert Caesar Austero, DPM.
Day 1 of the conference ended with the Edutainment Night
. Edutainment stands for Educate, Engage and Entertain. For the Educate segment, a few 15-minute talks on human resource management topics such as Individual Employee Experience, the Collective Filipino Worker of the Future, and People Managers as Designers of the Workplace were made by company representatives and college students at the Idea Marketplace. For the Engage Segment, different Minute to Win It games were also played by our conference delegates in the PMAP Expo area. For the Entertain segment back in the plenary hall, several PMAP groups performed special numbers such as the PMAP Baguio, Pangasinan and Cagayan de Oro chapters as well as the 2018 PMAP Board of Trustees.
Day 2 of the conference began with Plenary Session 3 which focused on Collaboration. Tom Willoughby (SVP HR – Digital HR Experience, SAP Success Factors) served as the speaker for this session entitled Digital Transformation: Key Enabler for Better Workplace Collaboration,
with Kenneth Lingan (Country Head, Google Philippines), Candice Iyog (Vice President for Marketing and Distribution, Cebu Air, Inc.), and Mark Woolfrey (Executive General Manager, QBE GSSC) serving as panelists. Hans Montenegro (Chief Operations Officer, IT Delivery Centers, Asia at Manulife) was the moderator for this session.
Plenary Session 4 focused on Unison and had the topic Championing Humanity Amidst Transformational Changes.
Marivic Mueco (President, Asia Pacific of Convergys), Brad Geiser (President of Geiser Maclang Marketing Communications, Inc.) and Hon. Johnielle Keith Nieto (Mayor, Municipality of Cainta, Rizal) talked about transforming companies, brands, and communities while PMAP Past President Grace Zata, FPM moderated the discussion.
The entire afternoon of day 2 was dedicated to the 15 concurrent sessions
on various topics and trends in people management following the different tracks of Future, Outside-In, Collaboration, Unison/Sustainability and Writeshops. Annual conference delegates then broke into 5 groups in different areas of the ASEAN Convention Center and Fontana Hotel.
The best in Philippine people management were recognized during the 42nd PMAP Awards Night.
After welcoming remarks by PMAP President Michelle Garcia, FPM and a discussion of the entire selection process by PMAP Executive Director Rene Gener, DPM, the 11 finalists each presented their insights and best practices which was followed by the announcement of the national winners per category.
3 companies bagged the People Program of the Year award for different sub-categories such as wellness, employee engagement, and talent management & development. Security Bank Corporation
was awarded for their SBC Total Wellness Program, a holistic program that focuses on different aspects of wellness – physical, spiritual, and financial, among others. Sitel Philippines Corporation
was awarded for their Sitel Academy, a program that develops the skills of people who were previously unable to pass for employment in their company. The skills developed in these participants has led to increased employability and growth in retention among employees hired from the program. The last awardee for this category was Splash Corporation
for their House Cup Program, an employee engagement program that enhances collaboration among employees through friendly competition and challenges.
Monina S. Lasala, FPM
, Sr. HR Director of Nexperia Philippines was awarded as the 2018 People Manager of the Year. After receiving the award, she shared her journey as an HR practitioner, starting as a clerk typist and all the key experiences that have shaped her to become the HR practitioner that she is today.
It was a grand sweep for the Municipal Government of Cainta, Rizal
who were bagged all three awards for the public sector: the People Program of the Year for their One Cainta Municipal Hospital, People Manager of the Year for their Mayor, Atty. Johnielle Keith Nieto, and the Employer of the Year Awards. In his acceptance speech, Mayor Kit thanked PMAP and said these awards will continue to inspire the municipal government of Cainta to work hard for their constituents.
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines
won the prestigious Employer of the year besting 3 other finalists namely PTT Philippines Trading Corporation, Knowles Electronics Philippines, and the University of Mindanao. According to one of the judges, Atty. Ranulfo Payos, it was tough selecting the winner but one of the qualities of NGCP that stood out the most was their capability to successfully manage changing from a government institution to a private organization but still being people-centric in their policies and activities.
Day 3 of the Annual Conference opened with an investiture ceremony
hosted by the Philippine Society of Fellows in People Management (PSOF). During this ceremony, 2 Diplomates, 5 Fellows, and 1 Associate Fellow in People Management were conferred. Mr. Ato Jiao, one of the newly conferred diplomates, gave a speech on behalf of the group and thanked PMAP for the recognition, training and mentorship he has received especially when he was starting out in his HR career.
The fifth plenary session focused on Sustainability, with the topic Sustainability Agenda: The New Organization Imperative
. This plenary session had Patricia Dwyer (Founder and Director of the Purpose Business) as speaker and moderator with the following panelists: Renato N. Salud (Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs, JG Summit Holdings, Inc.), Ernesto Mascenon (Head for Corporate Affairs, Nestle Philippines), and Jeffrey John Dela Cerna (Vice President and Head for HRTO, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines).
Four doors were placed on stage for the closing ceremonies of the PMAP Annual Conference. These doors represented 1. True North (PMAP’s 5-year strategic plan discussed by PMAP Past President Bong Austero, DPM), 2. Continuity (discussed by 2018 PMAP President Michelle Garcia, and 2019 PMAP Presidential candidates Haidee Enriquez, FPM and Gerry Plana, DPM), 3. New PMAP Branding and Logo (discussed by Executive Director Rene Gener, DPM) and 4. Conference Closing and Resolutions (discussed by PMAP Vice President Michelle Guce, PMAP Board Secretary Loi Echevarria and Past President Bong Austero, DPM). As we conclude this year’s annual conference, we take this opportunity to thank all the people who made this event possible – the plenary and concurrent speakers, moderators and session chairs, partners, presenters, exhibitors and sponsors, as well as the annual conference directorate. We also thank our past presidents, chapter presidents and delegates who took time to attend this year’s conference.