Philippines government leads the way with HR

The ASEAN economy ranked first in the region for its delegation of human resources management practices.
By: | September 12, 2019

The Philippines is leading the charge in Southeast Asia in terms of having standalone HR units within its government ministries and agencies. This is the finding from a report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The report, titled Government At a Glance: Southeast Asia 2019, showed The Philippines scored 0.6/1 when the average in the region was 0.5/1. The Philippines’s score indicates a high number of human resource management decisions that are delegated to the ministry or agency level.

“Such delegation can help organisations better meet their needs. In order for HRM [human resource management] autonomy to be successful, HR staff in ministries and agencies need to have the requisite skills to support HR decision-making,” the report stated.

The Philippines also ranked first in ASEAN region for having the highest amount of women in government roles. Based on the report, between 2009 and 2016, the share of women in public sector employment increased from 50.7% from 53.7%.

Asean members include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.