HR conference engages practitioners’ to be ‘changemakers’

Camarines Sur Representative Ma. Leonor Robredo graces the first council of Human Resource Management Practitioners of Region XI

Camarines Sur Representative Ma. Leonor Robredo graces the first council of Human Resource Management Practitioners of Region XI

Province of Davao Oriental— “Real changemakers in government are the ones who put others first before self,” says Camarines Sur Representative Ma. Leonor Robredo. “I believe we don’t need ‘great’ Filipino workers to man our government offices.”

Robredo in a recent talk at the first council of Human Resource Management Practitioners of Region XI, hosted by the provincial government of Davao Oriental at its capital city of Mati, cites the important roles of ordinary workers play in initiating positive change in the government.


Sharing her insights as keynote speaker during the occasion, she told the more than 200 participants from across Davao Region that they can be the vehicles for ‘change’ this country needs.

“As long as we know we are doing what is right… as long as we contribute to the change that is happening not only within us, we have to keep on,” she said encouraging the participants that they can make heroes out of themselves in the workplace even if apparently no one is watching.

As stewards of the government, she urged them not to be contented in status quo. Instead, she told everyone to strive and aim for excellence. “It is time to break away from the culture of complacency and mediocrity. Comfort zones keep us from progressing. We must innovate,” she said.

On Good Governance

During her talk, Rep. Robredo also shared how the government can incite a sea change in the attitudes of people towards public service as well as gain their trust and confidence.

“For a leader to be good, hindi pwedeng mahusay lang kasi merong mga mahusay na hindi naman matino. Hindi din pwedeng matino lamang, kasi meron namang matitino pero hindi mahusay,” she says quoting her husband—the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, who had always believed that good governance is the means by which leaders will be gauged.

Sec. Jesse Robredo, who was known for his legacies in good governance, particularly his institutionalization of the Seal of Good Housekeeping and accolades such as the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi, which was championed by the Province of Davao Oriental, made transparency, accountability and people participation widely practiced in all government offices until this day.

Rep. Robredo said that she had learned a great deal from her husband’s experience throughout his political career, particularly as mayor of Naga City and Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government.


“I believe that my responsibility now is to ensure that my husband’s legacies kept alive. My role is to push for bills that will create change across the country. My battle is to push for systems,” says Rep. Robredo. “In our role as stewards of government, it is also important for us to set up system and institutionalize reforms. If existing systems are not working, let us writhe them down and create effective ones.”

Meanwhile, Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, who values the role of human work force in the success of all government programs expressed her full support and gratitude to the human resource sector for being at the forefront in the government’s effort in developing effective labor force that continually pursues for excellence in public service and governance.  PIO


Gov. Malanyaon (second from right) hands over a Plaque of Appreciation to Rep. Robredo, who graced the first CHRMP as keynote speaker in the City of Mati, Davao Oriental last May 14, 2014.

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