Hard Work Pays Off – Driver to Manager

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Daera Miria Papua from Hanuabada in the Nation’s Capital, Port Moresby has come a long way since  joining the the Public Services Commission in 2009.

Mr Papua’s story is a story of determination and perseverance of being a high school leaver to becoming a Manager in an organization that believes in up skilling and developing its Human Resource.

Mr Papua graduated with a Grade 10 certificate from Dela Salle Secondary in 1993 and started working with PNG Dockyard. In 2007 he joined Crown Plaza Hotel in down town Port Moresby working in the finance section and Two years later he was recruited as an Admin Driver for the Public Services Commission. In 2010 he was promoted to acting Pay Master and with his commitment and drive to work in any given area saw him promoted to a Review Officer in the National Review Division. A year later Mr Papua was appointed the Registry Clerk a position he holds to date.

In 2012, Mr Papua undertook training for Records Management level 1 and after two years which is the Government’s requirement to be eligible for further training, he continued his studies to complete levels 2, 3 and 4 after every two years, with the sponsorship of the Public Services Commission.

Further to that Mr Papua was again sponsored by PSC in 2020 to undertake a Certificate in Middle Management at Papua New Guinea’s Government Training Institute, The Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance (PILAG).

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Mr Papua said he will always be thankful to the Public Services Commission for having faith in him and for its continued support in ensuring its officers like himself attain the much needed skills and knowledge they need, to perform to the best of their ability in the workplace.

‘‘I would like to give my utmost appreciation to the Public Services Commission for believing in me and for its continuous support up, to now where I’ve received my Certificate in Middle Management. The skills and knowledge I have received will be put to use in my line of work as a Manger in the Registry Branch. An important skill that I have learnt is the skill of managing people and how to manage conflicts and dealing with them is important in any organization,’ said Mr. Papua.

Mr .Papua is one of the many officers employed within the PSC who have  been given the opportunity to up skill themselves to help them in performing their duties more effectively and efficiently and to also give officers the opportunity to grow into managerial roles in the Commission by offering equal opportunities for both men and women.

The Commission through the PSC Secretariat has been investing in up-skilling and enhancing the competencies of its human resource in the last 5 years. This goal is outlined in the Public Services Commission’s Corporate Plan 2019 – 2023 and is further streamlined through the PSC Training and Development Policy 2020-2023 and that is to provide relevant training for the staff of the PSC Secretariat.

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