Fresh off the heels of securing its triple ISO certification last December 2021, DENR National Capital Region reached yet another milestone with the recognition given by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for its innovations in human resources management.

The resolution formally granting DENR National Capital Region its PRIME Bronze award was read and explained by Engr. Fe P. Lacaba, Director II of CSC Field Office-DENR, during a virtual ceremony held on Monday, 10 January 2022.

The PRIME-HRM (Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management) Bronze Award is a citation given by the CSC to government organizations that have met all or some of the set indicators for Maturity Level 2 in their HR system.

According to Director Lacaba, DENR National Capital Region was able to comply with the set requirements for all four (4) aspects of HR management, namely: Recruitment, Selection, and Placement; Learning and Development; Performance Management; and Rewards and Recognition. This means that the HRM system of DENR National Capital Region is – following the scale of maturity levels defined by the CSC – already “process-defined”, i.e., it has an “established set of defined and documented standard operating procedures (SOPs),” “goal-oriented decision-making,” and an automated system in place.

Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan, CESO III, welcomed the news and thanked the CSC for the recognition.“We’ve always wanted to begin 2022 on the right path towards excellence, and this award proves that we are, indeed, on the right path”, she said.“We are the first regional office of the DENR to secure triple ISO certification—ISO 9001: 2015 (Quality Management System); ISO 14001: 2015 (Environmental Management System; and, ISO 45001: 2018 (Occupational Health & Safety Management System)—and now, with this award, we proved that we are organizationally mature to handle our HR program”, she added.

The award gives DENR National Capital Region the power to approve appointments subject to post-audit by the CSC. It also exempts the regional office from the application of Section 96 of the 2017 Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other Human Resources Actions and subjects only fifty percent of its appointments to random review. Further, the award also grants DENR National Capital Region discounts on training conducted by the CSC.

Director Caancan likewise thanked the PRIME-HRM team of DENR National Capital Region, especially her Assistant Regional Directors Al O. Orolfo for Management Services, Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, Jr. for Technical Services, and Martin Jose V. Despi for Special Concerns for helping the organization reach this new milestone. She also commended Atty. Romulo Concha, then OIC Chief of the HRDS, for his efforts in providing all the documents required by the CSC in its performance and compliance review.

“I know most, if not all, have doubled their efforts to secure our PRIME HRM award… Kudos to the team for making this award and triple ISO certification a reality”, Director Caancan said. “The awards and recognition of the regional office is proof of our organization’s readiness and being proactive or forward-looking. We don’t like waiting for any potential issue to worsen before we act. No, we put the system in place, the processes, the support infrastructure, so we could handle the situation better. This is what makes DENR National Capital Region a resilient organization and one that can rise above all challenges”, she affirmed.

Director Caancan assured the CSC that the regional office would continue to strive for excellence in public service and safety in the workplace. “We will continue to implement best practices and address emerging issues and concerns in the performance of our task and duties as public servants”.