NWPC to aid in the rehabilitation of DOLE's Tacloban Office
After the onset of Typhoon Yolanda’s unprecedented devastation in Region VIII, government offices in Eastern Visayas are slowly getting back on their feet.
In the case of the Regional Board, rehabilitation efforts are underway. Leading the efforts are Region VIII Wage Board Chairperson Exequiel R. Sarcauga and Board Secretary Florencio Aguilos Jr. who met with Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra with his team from Albay, as the first contingent to provide the necessary assistance.
This is not the only form of assistance that the Wage Board’s office in Eastern Visayas has received over the past few days. Neighboring regions have also joined the cause with the Wage Board in Caraga sending a team led by Board Secretary Earl D. Dela Victoria to assist in the clean-up of RTWPB VIII’s two-storey building. Board Secretary for Central Visayas, Ms. Grace Carreon, complemented the rehabilitation efforts bringing relief goods generously donated by the NWPC and RTWPB personnel.
From the central office, the NWPC also sent a disaster response team carrying with them meal packs, essential pharmaceutical items, cleaning tools, and basic utility items to complement the ongoing relief efforts in Tacloban City. The NWPC team brought with them a generator, two laptops, WiFi stick modems, rechargeable lamps, and an electric fan to serve as RTWPB VIII’s initial set of equipment. Personal protective equipment care of the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) were also provided for the personnel at the site.
The said team was led by NWPC Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy who is positive that by December the Wage Board’s operations will resume. To this effect, NWPC plans to procure basic office equipment to be sent immediately to the Wage Board. RTWPB VII was also tasked to procure the services of a contractor to fix the damaged facilities. Construction materials from RTWPB VII are expected to be shipped before the end of November.
Meantime, the Wage Board for Eastern Visayas is conducting an inventory of damaged and salvaged office equipment to facilitate documentation for auditing purposes.
As for the clients of the Wage Board in Eastern Visayas, rest assured all information such as the prevailing minimum wage rates and copies of the wage issuances in the region are accessible online via NWPC’s official website.
DOLE and NWPC have also touched base with the officials of the City Government to provide whatever form of assistance the dedicated civil servants can provide to the ailing locals in the vicinity. Per initial agreementswith the DOLE Crisis Management Team headed by Undersecretary Rebecca T. Chato, all beneficiaries of DOLE’s livelihood programs shall be provided with basic training on 5S of Good Housekeeping and ISTIV Bayanihan.
With the current wage issuance for Eastern Visayas having gone past its anniversary date, RTWPB VIII will be issuing a resolution suspending indefinitely the holding of wage consultations in light of the devastation bought by Typhoon Yolanda in the region. (With reports from Mr. Escalante from DOLE RO-V)
Updated: November 29, 2013
Davao Wage Board conducts 2-part consultation fora on the Two-Tiered Wage System
The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board for Davao Region (RTWPB XI) recently held a series of consultation fora on the Two-Tiered Wage System (2TWS) at the NEDA Convention Hall, NEDA-RDC Center, Davao City. Said briefings were conducted last September 30 and October 4.
During the opening remarks, RTWPB XI Chairman Director Joffrey M. Suyao mentioned that these events are necessary to clarify the rationale and impact of the 2TWS on the worker’s income, business stability and job creation in preparation for the issuance of a wage advisory for the banana industry.
The 2TWS is a reform in the existing minimum wage system provided under Republic Act No. 6727 or the “Wage Rationalization Act” that aims to improve the coverage of minimum wages, promote worker and enterprise productivity, and address the gaps in the present system of wage determination. It consists of a mandatory minimum wage as the first tier, to protect vulnerable and low-paid workers; and a voluntary productivity-based incentive scheme to encourage productivity improvement through bipartite negotiations.
NThe first part of the consultation series was intended for the agribusiness sector – particularly the banana industry – where the implementation of the second-tier in Region XI will be piloted. Said event was attended by 17 representatives from the labor sector and 16 officers from the management sector.
A second follow-through session was held on October 4 with stakeholders from the non-agricultural sector among the audience. This time, 21 officials from the management sector were present while only five represented the labor sector.
During the series of consultations, Board Secretary Ms. Ruby Badilles presented the concept of the 2TWS detailing the framework of the wage policy (social protection, growth and competitiveness) and implementation strategies for the 2nd tier.
During the open forum, Anakpawis Congressman Joel Maglunsod expressed their concern on the implications of a productivity-based incentive scheme on the mandatory minimum wage On the other hand, the Executive Director of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association, Mr. Stephen Antig, commented that the system of productivity pay has long been practiced in the banana industry with the “parcela” system and profit sharing scheme mandated by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). (By: Ms. Arlene B. Tuboro-RTWPB-XI)
Updated: November 22, 2013
Filipino-Chinese businessmen briefed on Philippine labor laws
The Department of Labor and Employment oriented members of the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) on the pertinent labor laws in a bid to improve the compliance of the Filipino-Chinese businessmen with labor standards
The orientation was organized by the FFCCCII and held last November 5 at its office in Binondo, Manila. Considered as vital in their business operation, the event was attended by the FFCCCII’s President Dr. Alfonso G. Siy, and Vice President Ms. Mary G. Ng and other officials and members.
NWPC Deputy Executive Director Patricia P. Hornilla discussed the salient features of the Two Tiered Wage System (2TWS) which is currently being implemented nationwide. The 2TWS is an approach to the implementation of the minimum wage policy which defines the policy space for minimum wages to be higher than the poverty threshold to help workers and their families meet basic needs but lower than average wages to allow bipartite approaches in determining better terms and conditions of employment. The reform also consists of a voluntary performance or productivity-based pay for wages above the floor wage to encourage workers and enterprises to agree to jointly implement a productivity incentives program. In the end, she encouraged enterprises to participate in the industry consultations being done by the Regional Boards preparatory to the issuance of industry advisories.
This was followed by a presentation of OIC- Deputy Executive Director Jeanette T. Damo of the NWPC Productivity Ladderized Training Programs beginning with foundational course of 5S of Good Housekeeping and ISTIV to the more advanced and intensive courses on ISTIV-Plus, Service Quality, Green ME (MY Enterprise) Work Improvement Measurement Study, Production and Operation Management and Gainsharing Schemes. She encouraged the FFCCCII members to avail of the various productivity training programs being conducted by the NWPC and its Regional Boards.
OIC- Deputy Executive Director Jeanette T. Damo also discussed the NWPC Productivity Training Programs for MSMEs. She encouraged the FFCCCII members to avail of technical assistance from the NWPC and its Regional Boards in the area of productivity improvement.
The other DOLE agencies also presented their programs such as the labor law compliance system and DOLE livelihood assistance programs.
This orientation is part of the agreement between DOLE and FFCCCII signed on July 23, 2013 which is entitled “DOLE-FFCCCII Partnership Agreement and Action Plan on Productivity Enhancement, Compliance with Labor Laws and Livelihood”
Updated: November 22, 2013
Productivity Olympics 2013 National Winners declared
This year's Productivity Olympics National Winners show off their trophies during the awarding ceremonies on 24 October 2013 at Century Park Hotel, Malate Manila. Standing (L-R): Ms. Nora Lobos (Daet Food), Ms. Ma. Luz Muyrong and Engr. Crispin Muyrong, Jr. (Sunlight Foods), Ms. Wilma DG. Policarpio and Ms. Anna Marie DS. Dumrique (Goldwin Manufacturing), Ms. Marsha Chua (Marsha's Delicacies), Mr. Christopher Norman Bertillo (Big Norman's Garden), Mr. Andy Almora and Ms. Elizabeth Flores (Almora General Hospital), Mr. Teodulo Mutia (Elim Plant), Ms. Imelda Catapang (Honey Bee), Mr. Edgar Claude Nadal and Mr. Nestor Molleda (Davao Advenstist Hospital), and Mr. Jeffrey Apurado (San Rafael). Sitting (L-R): NWPC OIC Head Director Maria Criselda R. Sy, DOLE Undersecretary Danilo Cruz, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, and Congressman Karlo Alexei Nograles.
MANILA – Today, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz gladly awarded the National Winners of this year’s Productivity Olympics held at the Century Park Hotel.
In her keynote speech, Secretary Baldoz took pride in acknowledging these winning entries as business models for harmonious convergence of employment generation, labor productivity and enterprise competitiveness. She hopes that other MSMEs find inspiration in their success stories and to follow suit and join the productivity ‘bandwagon’ as well.
The winners were chosen from among 21 national finalists after undergoing a rigid evaluation process led by a national judging panel (NJP) who are well known productivity experts in their respective fields.
The members include Mr. Anton Ll. Sayo, Chairperson for the Employer’s Confederation of the Philippines; Ms. Florencia P. Cabatingan who is an Executive Board Member of the International Trade Union Confederation - Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP); President for Philippine Quality Award, Mr. Angelito M. Sarmiento; Associate Professor in University of the Philippines Los Baños, Dr. Agnes T. Banzon; General Secretary for Associated Labor Unions - TUCP, Mr. Gerard R. Seno; and the Head of the Corporate Planning Office for the Manila Doctors Hospital's Quality Management Office, Dr. Manuel E. Villegas, Jr.
The NJP is chaired by the Labor Secretary herself and vice-chaired by two (2) DOLE Undersecretaries namely Usec. Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III for Labor Standards and Social Protection, and Usec. Rebecca C. Chato for Labor Relations and Social Dialogue.
Out of the 21 national finalists, 10 were declared national winners for the 2013 Productivity Olympics. These are:
For the Agribusiness Sector: Honey Bee Producers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CALABARZON) for micro enterprises / San Rafael Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Western Visayas) for small firms / and Elim Agricultural Supply-Poultry Dressing Plant (Northern Mindanao) for medium enterprises.
For the Industry Sector: Daet Food Producers Association (Bicol Peninsula) for micro enterprises / Goldwin Manufacturing Laboratories Corporation and Sunlight Foods Corporation (both in NCR) for small firms / and Marcia’s Delicacies (Ilocos Region) for medium enterprises.
For the Service Sector: Big Norman’s Garden Supplies and Services (Bicol Peninsula) for micro enterprises / Almora General Hospital (CAR) for small firms / and Davao Adventist Hospital (Davao Region) for medium enterprises.
These 10 National Winners received cash prizes, trophies and priority endorsements to a myriad of DOLE training programs and services.
The Productivity Olympics is a nationwide competition among micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) on the best productivity improvement practices aimed at intensifying national awareness and commitment to quality and productivity. This biennial event is organized by the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), an attached agency under DOLE that ‘champions’ productivity improvement for MSMEs at the enterprise-level.
Updated: October 24, 2013