The People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) opened its 49th Annual Conference with a showcase of Filipino talent, technical innovation and inspiring messages from respected leaders from both private and public organizations at Waterfront Hotel in Lahug, Cebu City yesterday.
The 3-day event dubbed as the biggest gathering of HR professionals and people managers in the country is one of the many ways where PMAP helps in developing enlightened, competent, socially responsible and influential people managers who can actively participate in nation building.
With the theme, Revolutionizing People Management: Great Minds, Bold Changes, Unparalleled Results, this year’s Conference reflects the wave of revolutions on the political front and how businesses and organizations share the same challenge of not only changing leaders but also changing the way leaders manage people.
After the amazing opening program that features a flash mob, shadow dance, marching cadets and the grand entrance of PMAP Past Presidents, current officers and board of directors and Presidents of the twenty-two PMAP chapters nationwide, Meralco President and CEO Oscar S. Reyes delivered a rousing speech to the delegates.
He talked about how innovation and technology has helped in the growth and development of the country and sent a challenge to everyone that day, “Much can be done in a relatively short period of time. Others have done it and we too can do it. But we should work for it.”
Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro gave an equally motivating talk and even confessed that PMAP is one of the few organizations that has convinced him to wear a suit as he is used to delivering speech in barong. He talks about leadership and describe a good leader as someone who knows “what happens in the heart and mind of those we are leading.”
Later in the evening, Meralco was recognized as the 2012 Employer of the Year (EOY) during the 36th edition of the PMAP Awards. The company became only the third organization to receive the recognition more than one after 32 years since it got the first award. Unilab (1979 and 2001) and Del Monte Philippines (1998 and 2003) are the other companies who accomplished the feat. No less than Meralco Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan himself led the delegation of the company who received the prestigious award on stage.
The other awardee in last night’s festivities was the Bank of Philippine Island, 1990 EOY winner, which took this year’s People Program of the Year (PPY) award.
Day 2 starts with keynote address from Scott D. Anthony, President of Innosight and a Harvard Business Press author, followed by insights from Ranjay Gulati, Chair of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. To speak on innovative people strategies, PMAP tapped Chandramogan Anamirtham, General Manager of Hitachi Global Storage Philippines and Victorico P. Vargas, President and CEO of Maynilad Water Services. Plenary Session 3 features BPI President and CEO Aurelio R. Montinola III with Louis Allen Worldwide CEO J.P. Miller and Independent Consultant and Executive Coach Smriti Ahuja as reactors.
Plenary Session 4 highlights perspectives in accelerating talent development in Global Asia, featuring Executive Director, Conference Board-Asia Pacific Nick Sutcliffe; Global Learning Solutions CEO Roger Collantes; and BPAP President and CEO Benedict C. Hernandez. The theme weaver is Steven J. Dekrey, President of the Asian Institute of Management.
The third day of the Conference will feature breakout sessions and workshops with topics on Talent Acquisition; Organizational Change, People Productivity and People Engagement. There will also be a site best practice tour that will showcase best practices of four companies based in Cebu City. Delegates will also be able to actively participate in creating and managing their own agenda around the central theme of the Conference through Open Space technology.