To our distinguished guest, PMAP National President Mr. Ramon Segismundo, Board of Trustees, Chairpersons, Council of Past Presidents, PMAP Cebu members, ladies and gentlemen, Great day to everyone!
Every time we gather to induct a new set of Trustees, we bear witness to the enduring strength and resilience of our beloved organization. More than three decades had passed yet our commitment to excellence in people management remains clear and undaunted.
Today we continue a never-ending journey to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. We understand that excellence is never an accident; it is the result of high intention, sincere and committed effort, intelligent direction, skilful execution, and a vision to see obstacles as opportunities. We understand that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges.
We are proud to say that PMAP Cebu has already accomplished a lot of great things. However, we are not content to rest on our laurels. With any inauguration comes the chance to look forward to what lies ahead. In that sense, this day can be seen not simply as an induction of new set of officers, but as the beginning of the next 50 years or so for the organization. Even as we recognize our significant accomplishments, we acknowledge that there is still a great deal to be done.
I am humbled and honored to serve as your 2017 President. Together with the 2017 Board of Trustees and Chairpersons who are here with us today, we will continue to uphold the organization’s vision, mission, and values. To keep us grounded, we have created a Three-Point Agenda which will serve as our anchor as we develop the various plans and programs for the entire year.
First, expect that all our plans and programs for this year are geared toward ensuring competent and ethical HR practice. The recognition we just received as one of the Chapters of the Year for our chapter’s exemplary performance last year is a testament that we are on the right track and as such, we strive to serve the members and enhance the HR profession even more. We do so by providing you with programs, information and networking opportunities that would stimulate competency development, professional growth and enhance workplace contributions. And while we strive for these initiatives, we continue to adhere to the basic tenets of ethical HR practice.
Second, we are committed to develop sustainable and aligned committee projects. In the previous years, we have developed and participated in a number of successful projects initiated by the various working committees. This year, we will move further by developing projects with long-term impact and benefits to our members and to our local community. We will use our resources to keep our members engaged and we go the extra mile to build stronger partnerships inside and outside the organization. PMAP Cebu is here for the long haul and we will strive to leave a lasting impact and legacy within the HR and our local communities.
Third and last, we strive to create compelling value propositions for non-members to join the organization and for members to take active roles in various committees. Our membership is growing and we are not slowing down until all HR organizations and professionals in our region are able to benefit from the vast resource our organization can offer in terms of workplace strategy, organizational excellence, and HR leadership.
But make no mistake. Our success is heavily dependent on the dedicated efforts of our volunteers. Our volunteers help to make sure that all of our programs run smoothly and efficiently and they bring valuable knowledge and resources in deploying our projects. Their contributions and dedication is the driving force that ushered PMAP Cebu to great heights of success.
And speaking of contributions, we encourage everyone to volunteer to become involved with any of the committees. We have Labor Relations, Training & Development, Community Relations, Fellowship, JPMAP, Membership, Finance, and of course the Regional Conference.
This volunteering opportunity would allow you to develop leadership skills that would distinguish you both professionally and personally. I for one could speak that my previous involvement in some of these committees were priceless and has helped me grow both personally and professionally in so many ways. Again, please feel free to approach any of the committee chairpersons should you wish to make significant contribution to our organization and to the community we live in.
These 3-Point Agenda for 2017 would serve as a shining beacon for this year’s leadership and would become our measure of success.
Essential to all our efforts is clarity and ease of communication, both internal and external. In a big organization like PMAP Cebu, effective communication is not always easy, but certainly always necessary. Lack of communication and miscommunication can lead to misunderstanding and alienation. Your 2017 Board of Trustees is committed to fostering an environment of transparency and inclusion, and we hope that every member of this organization feels that his or her voice can be heard and respected. We’re all in this together so speak up, volunteer, and contribute in any way possible.
Before I end my speech, I would like to thank Ms. Nenit Theresa Mantalaba who recently completed two consecutive terms as our President and for embodying the true essence of a leader. Let’s also show our gratitude and appreciation to last year’s Board of Trustees for their dedication, commitment, and unwavering support to PMAP Cebu.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our members – YOU – that consistently take the time out of your busy schedule to attend the general membership meetings and serve on the various committees. You are the heart and soul of PMAP Cebu and the very reason why this organization exist and will continue to exist.
For those who are new to our chapter, welcome. You have joined an organization focused on advancing the HR profession. We look forward to your participation in the coming days.
In closing, I am reminded of a friend who once told me that “to believe that many of the things we automatically rule out as impossible are perhaps just difficult possibilities.”
As we move ahead as an organization, we too can also learn from this wisdom. Once we decide something can be done, the conversation moves from “Can we?” to “How do we?” A challenge is not simply a difficult task. It is also a summons, a call to action, and I look forward to working with you to answer that call.
Together, let’s make 2017 another successful year for PMAP Cebu and You! God bless us all. Have a great day everyone!