Baseline data gathering and developing mental health-related activities and programs for DA-PhilRice Central Experiment Station, branch, and satellite personnel rolled out in November last year.

“The Institute’s step was in response to the Civil Service Commission’s Memorandum Circular No. 04, series 2020 known as Mental Health Program in the Public Sector and in compliance to Republic Act 11036 (National Mental Health Law),” Executive Director John C. de Leon said.

According to Ms. Ethel P. Gibe, HRMO Head, the assessment determined employees’ strengths, lifestyle, coping strategies, work habits, attitudes, level of productivity, and identifying employees experiencing mental health issues.

In the Evidenced-based Psychological Assessment of the Institute, staff accomplished a personality inventory (60 items), three well-being scales (55 items), and a productivity measure (60 items), which were administered in three batches to avoid test-taking fatigue and information overload.

Materials were sourced from licensed service providers and administered by selected HRMO staff and branch station AOs/HR.

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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