- PGBh’s journey towards a strong bureaucracy and responsive human resource management and development systems dates back to the mid 90’s right after the passage of the local autonomy act known as Local Government Code of 1991.Preparing, developing and managing human resources have always been a huge challenge of the PGBh. Human Resource Management and Development is considered as one of the divisions under the Office of the Governor.
- Addressing the challenge, Human Resource Management and Development Office (HRMDO) was created per Provincial Ordinance No. 71, series of 1995. Year later, Executive Order No. 6 series of 1996 was issued authorizing the full operationalization of the Human Resource Management and Development Office as a separate office with specifying the functions and positions.
- PGBhstruggling to meet the newdemands of decentralization embraces the technical assistance provided under the USAID-assisted Governance and Local Development (GOLD) Project (1996-2000), which provides direction to the human resource management and organizational development efforts of PGBh. The GOLD project gained for Bohol a more defined human resource development and management office, which is separate from the Governor’s Office; a pool of facilitators trained on the “Technology of Participation” to moderate countless provincial planning workshops as well as municipal and barangay development planning sessions; and the capacity development of provincial employees who were tasked to man newly created offices such as tourism, investment promotions and environmental management, which were established to respond to the newly – formulated vision and mission statements of Bohol Province.
- After the USAID – GOLD, PGBh was assisted and supported by the Philippines-Australia Human Resource Development Facility (PAHRDF) now Philippines-Austratia Human Resource and Organizational Development Facility (PAHRODF), a program undertaken by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID. The Province then took the momentum to strengthen human resource management and organizational development by defining the requirements to addressthe competency gaps. This highlights the Province’s interest to determine the best workforce, systems and processes possible in responding to the increasing demand of running an organization in a true meaning of good governance. All capacity development carried through to full fruition with the assistance of the Australian Government through the facility. The PGBh provided P113M assistance in designing interventions to meet priority workplace development objectives, 13 short-term trainings with coaching as a key component and 33 long term trainees sent to chosen universities in Australia.
- The transformation was sustained and expanded with the partnership of the PGBh with the AusAID and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the implementation of the Philippines Provincial Roads Management Facility (PRMF), a five year institutional reforms and governance program using the road sector as an entry point which began in the latter part of 2009, concretizing the continuation of organizational and HR enhancement initiatives started by PAHRDF. Strengthening and sustaining these initiatives is a great task, paving the way to the departmentalization of the office with the creation of Provincial Ordinance No. 2012-008 Operationalizing the Provincial Human Resource Management and Development Office (PHRMDO).