“Public servants must undetake High Competency Based Training to ensure competative effort to deliver government programs and activities.”
These were words from the Secretary for the Department for Community Development and Religion, Mr Jerry Ubase today in a small but significant MoU signing ceremony between the Department and Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance (PILAG).
This MoU will now provide oppunities for staff within the department who wish to undergo further Public Management training or enhance their capacity through various competency training programs offered by PILAG.
While saying his thank you and appreciation to the CEO of PILAG – Mr Michael Barabe, Secretary Ubase said, the MoU was written in a way to address specific training needs and plans for staff in the department and also fulfil the priorities of the Government of Papua New Guinea.
“This MoU will support and ensure the department has a competent and dedicated working force that is able to deliver community development programs through this partnership initiative.”
“Through this initiative our cooperation efforts will scale up activities and access for our department personnel, our stakeholders and beneficiaries of our programs to undertake competency based trainings and programs, specific to the legislations, policies and programs for the department,” emphasised Secretary Ubase when giving his remarks.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of PILAG, Mr Barabe said that this partnership or such initiative with this particular department is long overdue. And with this MoU Signing it adds more purpose and meaning because PILAG is now the Govenrment’s mandated Public Sector Training Institute.
“As the government mandated Public Sector Institute, we strive to offer high competency based training to meet the skill level required by public servants.”
“This kind of partnership with the department is very important and gives prominence to the staff who receive our training to perform effectively as we expect to see higher output by officers after receiving training from us,” said Mr Barabe.
Moreover, Mr Barabe told the Secretary and the staff of the department that they are happy to accept and receive staff that wishes to take up their progams even if the department does not have the money to pay for their fees. But, they can be paid later when the funds are available for the department.
Mr Barabe’s comments were very welcoming to the Secretary and the department staff. He aslo added that they will be rolling out online training courses to cater for those that wises to study and work at their workplace at a minimum cost.
The MoU document was signed by Secretary Ubase and Mr Barabe, witnessed by the Principle Legal Officer of the Department and in the presence of few department staff and PILAG staff.