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2015 Productivity Olympics National Winners declared

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz awarded the most recent batch of national winners of the Productivity Olympics at Hotel Jen Manila. 

The winners, by sector and category are:

Agribusiness Sector: Danny Joan Farm (Cordillera Administrative Region) for micro enterprises; Masisit-Dacal Livelihood Cooperative (Cagayan Valley Region) and Myler Agribusiness Inc. (Western Mindanao) for small enterprises; and MB Decena, Jr. Livestock (Cagayan Valley Region) for medium enterprises.

Industry Sector: Greenlight Power, Inc. and Thousand Oaks Packaging Corporation, both from the National Capital Region for small, and medium categories, respectively.

Service Sector: Pavia Entrepreneurs Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Western Visayas) for micro enterprises; Temps and Staffers, Inc. (NCR) for small enterprises; and Andres Soriano Memorial Hospital Cooperative (Caraga Region) for medium enterprises.

Each of the national winners received a cash award of P100,000, trophy and priority endorsements to other DOLE training programs and services.  Special citations were also given to the following MSME-finalists for their notable performance: Praj Pasalubong Center & General Merchandise (CAR), Amarela Resort (Central Visayas) and Tanvera Corporation (Bicol Region). Each received a cash incentive of P20,000.

In her keynote speech, Secretary Baldoz acknowledged the national winners for bringing about harmonious convergence of employment generation, labor productivity and enterprise competitiveness. She expressed optimism that more micro, small, and medium enterprises will embark on their productivity journey to become viable agents of equitable and inclusive growth.

The labor chief committed that NWPC and its RTWPBs will continue to specialize in addressing the growth of MSMEs mainly through capacity-building and productivity improvement programs.  The Secretary specifically cited NWPCs Productivity Toolbox, as “a package of technical assistance on productivity improvement for MSMEs that contains a ladderized and needs-based menu of customized productivity tools and technologies”.  She also called on the social partners to support the two-tiered wage system, particularly the adoption of productivity based incentive schemes in workplaces as a means to enterprise growth and to higher real incomes for workers.

The Secretary also launched DOLE’s newest initiative dubbed as hashtag engage, motivate, achieve (#Engage+Motivate+Achieve), a guidekit containing a list of DOLE’s  productivity and workplace relations training programs and technical assistance.  She said, “The guidekit aims to help enterprises blaze their trails towards competitiveness and harmony in the workplace”.

The Productivity Olympics is a national biennial competition on the best productivity improvement practices of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).  It aims to intensify national awareness and commitment to quality and productivity. This is organized by the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), an attached agency to the DOLE.

Posted: October 22, 2015



Empowering Workers. Sustaining Enterprises

To help enterprises blaze their trails towards competitiveness and harmony in the workplace, the Department developed a toolbox containing a list of all of its productivity and workplace relations training programs and technical assistance.  This package of assistance is dubbed as hashtag #EngageMotivateAchieve.

To initially introduce this initiative, a series of soft launches was organized.  The first was held in Dipolog City last September 24 and then in Cebu City on October 2 during the Area-wide Seminar on the Role of LMC in the DOLE Convergence Programs.   The labor management council or workplace cooperation schemes shall serve as the primary platform in providing this package of developmental interventions. 

 These assistance hope to #EngageMotivateAchieve both workers and enterprises by enhancing the capacity of our workforce to realize their worth and full potentials and to help enterprises sustain their viability especially in this evolving era of greater regional economic integration. Thus, under the #EngageMotivateAchieve are the sub themes empowering workers, sustaining enterprises.

The battlecry #Engage+Motivate+Achieve in essence captures the commitment of the Department to provide continuing assistance to workers and enterprises as well as describes the extent of its interface with its key stakeholders.  The battlecry also represents the win-win strategies to be employed in deploying the toolbox in order for the social partners achieve their aspirations.

#Engage means  getting the social partners on board through conduct of massive information campaign and networking using multi-media platforms including the social networking sites

#Motivate entails providing the learning space and opportunities to build capacities of workers by demonstrating their learnings and for enterprises to grow, expand and share the fruits of their joint endeavor.

#Achieve requires enabling the social partners realize their goals by way of recognizing best practices of their learnings and noble contributions in advancing the welfare of the workers and improving business performance. 

The priority target beneficiaries are labor standards compliant establishments.  Technical assistance on labor standards including basic occupational safety and health standards are extended to those establishments who have signified their willingness to comply.

To spread this good news, everyone is invited to take part in the Twitter FB Instragram party on 15 October between 9:45am-10:30am by tweeting, liking and sharing #EngageMotivateAchieve and #ProductivityOlympicsNWPC.


Posted: October 12, 2015


Tier 2 Advocacy Expands to other Sectors

Maria Viviera R. Magno, Administrative Assistant I, RTWPB II

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board II (RTWPB) conducted advocacy initiatives for Tier 2 or the productivity-based pay (PBP) scheme to the workers and employers in manufacturing and hotel industries.

The second tier was introduced during the firm-level convergence initiative of the RTWPB and National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) at a sugar milling corporation.  Being unionized, the firm expressed its readiness to start discussions on tier 2.  

The Board also conducted orientation on Tier 2 to its Service Quality (SQ) training beneficiaries, as part of the regular monitoring of the post SQ training action plan.

Posted: September 7, 2015

Creation of Negros Island Region (NIR) and the Implementation of Tier 2

Nesa S. Nolido, Board Secretary, RTWPB VI

Executive Order 183 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III, created the Negros Island Region, composed of the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental.  Negros Occidental with one highly urbanized city and 12 cities will no longer be part of the Region VI, whose  coverage is now confined to the islands of Panay, with its four provinces: Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, and the island-province of Guimaras.

With these developments, the coverage of the Advisory for Productivity-Based pay Scheme for the Sugar Industry will also be reduced as, eight (8) of the eleven (11) District Tripartite Councils (DTC) are located in Negros Occidental.  A DTC covers a milling district, with membership composed of planters association, haciendas and workers association.  Five (5) refineries and two (2) bio-ethanol plants are also located in Negros.  Region VI will now have three (3) milling districts -  2 in Panay and one (1) in Capiz.

The separation of Negros Occidental from Region VI brings with it challenges for the sugarcane industry considering that Panay is the major source of sugarcane migratory workers during the harvest season.

Posted: September 7, 2015

Samar DILEEP Beneficiaries Trained

Florencio G. Aguilos Jr., RTWPB VIII

“We have been given what we need by DOLE to ensure our future by way of providing us livelihood assistance and so we should sustain them.”  This was the common sentiment of the participants to the “Productivity Enhancement Program for DOLE Livelihood Beneficiaries” held recently in Catbalogan City, Samar.

The seminar was attended by some 80 individual and group beneficiaries of the DILEEP from five (5) DOLE registered livelihood associations where they trained on basic business tools such as Stock control, Basic Good Keeping, Basic Business Ethics and basic productivity concepts.

In their post-training action plan, Catbalogan-Malirong-Mercedes Driver Operators Consumers Cooperative (CATMAMEDOCC) President Manuel Manicani emphasized the need for their group to come with a written policy on the use of their association’s store room as well as internal policies for their office.  Such policies will guide their members and ensure proper accounting of their supplies and inventories for the maintenance of their motor vehicles. 

He added that “members who encounter breakdowns will also readily be provided with spare parts and given emergency repairs especially at times when their members are short of funds.”

On the other hand, participants from the Catbalogan Ambulant Vendors Association (CAVA) also expressed hopes that they will finally be given space in the Catbalogan City Public Market so that its members will no longer sell their wares in the streets of the city.

CAVA President Leandro Sapetin said their action plan bared the need for their association members to undergo further trainings to improve their business practices.  He added that he will ask his members to be conscious in the daily monitoring of their finances through the preparation of a Cash-In-Cash-Out system and the monitoring of their stocks through a Stock Control System.

The training was coordinated with the DOLE Samar Provincial Field Office.


Participants in the “Productivity Enhancement Program for DOLE Livelihood Beneficiaries” which was held recently in Catbalogan City, Samar shared their hopes of making their small business enterprises grow in the next five years.

The Board will “help you grow your businesses by building your capacities in the proper application of productivity concepts and tools”, said RTWPB VIII Board Secretary Florencio Aguilos to the DILEEP beneficiaries of five (5) DOLE registered Livelihood Associations in Samar Province.

Posted: September 7, 2015


RTWPB VI Participates in Cause-Oriented Activities

Nesa S. Nolido, Board Secretary, RTWPB VI

RTWPB VI and other DOLE- Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) member- agencies had been instrumental in organizing cause-oriented activities for the community and the environment.  These activities included the ZUMBA para sa Batang Manggagawa and Mangrove Planting Activity and the celebration of the 78th Charter Day of Iloilo City.

The Zumba para sa Batang Manggagawa was a health and wellness activity, benefiting 200 former child laborers in 9 barangays from several towns of Iloilo.  In coordination with maritime manning agencies in Iloilo City, 200 sets of school supplies and backpacks were distributed to the children accompanied by World Vision representatives and their barangay captains.  The proceeds from the dance exercise will be used for Project Angel Tree in celebration of the DOLE anniversary.

On environment protection, the Secretariat participated in a mangrove planting activity at the Katunggan Park, Bgy. Nabitasan, Leganes, Iloilo.  At least ten (10) mangrove seedlings were planted by each participant.  Mayor Jaen expressed his appreciation for the support extended by the different organizations as he showed the areas that were already replanted.  He said, that, these efforts would not only mitigate the impact of storm surges, but also serves as an economic opportunity for eco-tourism.

Posted: September 7, 2015


Higher Minimum Wage for Workers in Metro Cebu
and Sugar Mill Workers

RTWPB-VII approved a Php 13.00 minimum wage increase for all private workers in Metro Cebu and a Php10.00 minimum wage increase for sugar mill workers.  This brings the daily minimum wage in non-agriculture in Metro Cebu to Php353.00 and for sugar mill workers to Php320.00.  For the rest of the cities/municipalities and provinces of the region, the Board decided to maintain its existing minimum wage.  The new Wage Order does not allow exemption.

The new minimum wage rates in the region are as follows:













Cities of Carcar, Cebu, Danao, Lapulapu, Mandaue, Naga, Talisay and Municipalities of Compostela, Consolacion, Cordova, Liloan, Minglanilla, San Fernando, or Metro Cebu












Cities of Toledo, Bogo, and the rest of Municipalities in Cebu Province except except Bantayan and Camotes Islands












City of Tagbilaran and Municipalities in Bohol Province












Municipalities in Siquijor Province & Municipalities in Bantayan and Camotes Islands




*Under the new wage structure, sugar mill workers are classified under Class B, Non-Agriculture with a daily minimum wage rate of P320.00 a day upon effectivity of this Wage Order.
The decision was based on the two (2) wage petitions filed seeking a Php92.00 and Php145.00 across-the-board wage increase as well as on the results of the Board’s assessment of the socioeconomic conditions.

The Wage Order and its Implementing Rules will take effect 15 days upon its publication.

Posted: September 7, 2015


NWPC welcomes newly appointed employees

Two promising recruits recently joined the Commission and took their oath before Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy.

Ms. Terence Joy O. Amores, Labor and Employment Officer I of the Review, Appeals and Legal Division and Ms. Misfah Lyn L. Tingson, Administrative Assistant I of the Policy and Research Service were sworn in last 04 September 2015.

Posted: September 7, 2015


Area-Based Consultation on Minimum Wage Fixing

Franz Allan A. Visitacion, Labor and Employment Officer II, WPRD-NWPC and RTWPB XI

The NWPC, in its continuing efforts to further its policies and procedure in the area of minimum wage fixing, recently held area-based consultations with stakeholders last 02-03 September 2015 at the Ritz Hotel in Davao City for Visayas and Mindanao and last 14-15 September 2015 at the Armada Hotel for Luzon.

Visayas-Mindanao Consultation

The two-day session with the management and labor sector representatives aimed at surfacing policy and operational issues in the implementation of the Two Tiered Wage System (TTWS).

Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy, in her message, underscored the purpose of the consultation.  She explained that it is incumbent upon the Commission to conduct the activity to improve the implementation of programs and policies to better serve the public.  Deputy Executive Director Patricia P. Hornilla provided an overview of the program.

Mr. Dennis Arroyo, presented the law and practice of minimum wage setting in the Philippines.  He provided a brief history of minimum wage fixing in the Philippines; the unintended outcomes of RA 6727; criticisms to the minimum wage policy and; the two-tiered wage system and the status of its implementation.

The presentations and the discussion during the open forum focused on the issues and challenges with minimum wage fixing before the implementation of two-tiered wage system, assessment on the implementation of the aforementioned wage reform, and recommendations in improving Tier 1 and Tier 2.

Particularly, the participants deliberated on the floor wage as an approach to minimum wage setting, merits of simplifying the wage structure, relevance of the wage exemption policy, scale and speed of minimum wage adjustments, internal and external coherence of the minimum wage policy and strategies to strengthen advocacy and implementation of Tier 2.

The insights and inputs derived from the consultation will guide and inform recommendations to improve the minimum wage setting policy in the Philippines and address issues that hinder its effective implementation.

Posted: September 7, 2015


2015 Productivity Olympics - National Judging

The selection of the 2015 Productivity Olympics national winners was done last 09 September 2015 at the Berjaya Hotel in Makati City. 

Deputy Executive Director Patricia P. Hornilla gave the participants an overview of the criteria and mechanics to aid the NJP in their selection of national winners, while Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy had the honor of introducing Secretary of Labor and Employment, Hon. Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz to deliver her Opening Message to the members of the NJPs.

Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, expressed her eagerness to listen to the  productivity journeys of the 26 national finalists.  She mentioned how much could be learnt from the experiences of previous PO winners.

The National Judging Panel (NJP), tripartite in composition from labor, management and government sector, deliberated on 26 national finalists vying for the recognition of having the best Productivity Improvement Program in agribusiness, industry and service sector.

The Productivity Olympics is a biennial national competition in search of the best productivity improvement practices among micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) based on its impact on business performance and resource management within the last two years.  The culminating activity is the awarding ceremonies scheduled on 15 October 2015.

Posted: September 7, 2015


Usec. Conferido leads NWPC-QMS launch

Undersecretary Reydeluz D. Conferido led the launching of the implementation phase of the NWPC- QMS under ISO 9001:2015 during the flag raising ceremony held at the NWPC Conference Room last August 17, 2015.

In his message, he said quality standards are essentially anchored on positive values that reinforce transparency, fairness, and sustainability. He added that applying standards in our processes ensures our social partners, stakeholders and  beneficiaries of quality service that is in accordance with the NWPC mandates.  In closing, he congratulated the NWPC for its accomplishment and wished the organization success in its certification.

Meanwhile, Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy thanked the QMS teams, headed by Director Elvira P. Jota and all the officers and staff for making the launch possible.  She called on the support and cooperation of everyone, anticipating the challenges the organization will face especially in the conduct of its management review and internal and external audit.

Usec. Conferido and Executive Director Sy also unveiled the new vision and mission statement, quality policy, and core values of NWPC. With this, the officers and staff affixed their signature on the NWPC ISO-commitment poster.

Posted: August 26, 2015


NWPC endorses top performing RTWPBs to DOLE-HRDS

The NWPC endorsed to the DOLE-Human Resource Development Services the top performing RTWPBs for the first semester of 2015 based on their implementation of Tier 2 of the Two-Tiered Wage System and NWPC Productivity Toolbox. 

Based on the validated accomplishment reports, the following were nominated:

  • RTWPB CAR for commendable implementation of tier 2 in terms of the number of establishments provided technical assistance and number of establishments who adopted the Advisory.
  • RTWPBs V, XI, and XII (for Category B) and RTWPBs CAR and Caraga (for Category C) for commendable implementation of the NWPC Productivity Toolbox.

RTPWB VI for implementation of the SQ Supply Chain.

Posted: August 26, 2015


Secretary Baldoz awards 5 companies in General Santos for
Service Quality and Productivity Olympics

Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz awarded the Service Quality Seal of Recognition to five firms in Region XII last July 31, 2015.

“Pinupuri ko ang limang kumpanyang matagumpay na nagpapatupad at napanatili ang kani-kanilang service quality productivity improvement program na nagbunga ng mas masasayang kliyente at paglaki ng kanilang kita, na naging dahilan ng pagbibigay ng mas malaking insentibo para sa kanilang mga manggagawa,” said Baldoz.

The outstanding firms, who were also awarded Certificates of Compliance on General Labor and Occupational Safety and Health Standards were: 1) Cinco Ninas Resto, 2) Paraiso Verde Resort and Water Park, Inc. in Koronadal City, 3) Dolores Farm Resort in Polomolok, 4) Dolores Lake Resort in Lake Sebu, and 5) Greenleaf Hotel in General Santos City.

DOLE Regional Director Ofelia B. Domingo said the installation of SQ-PIPs in the establishments has resulted to higher client satisfaction, decrease in customer complaints, higher sales, and improved capacity of firms to provide incentives to workers.

Posted: August 26, 2015


Productivity Olympics’ NSCs convene to select national finalists

The 2015 Productivity Olympics’ National Screening Committees (NSCs) convened at the Occupational Safety and Health Center last August 13, 2015 to select the national finalists which will be submitted to National Judging Panel, who, in turn, will select the national winners.  There were five tripartite plus NSCs. 

The NSC for agribusiness sector was composed of Commissioner Dave Diwa of Lakas Manggagawa Labor Center (Chair), Constante Viloria of Bureau of Working Conditions (Vice-Chair) and members Wilma Bocaya of Philippine Chamber of Food Manufacturers, Inc. and Christian Causapin of Cooperative Development Authority (P&Q specialist).

The NSC for industry (micro and medium category) was composed of  Commissioner Dave Diwa of Lakas Manggagawa Labor Center (Chair), Antonio Isidro C. Asper of Federation of Free Workers (Vice-Chair) and members Wilma Bocaya of Philippine Chamber of Food Manufacturers, Inc. and Prof. Nestor O. Rañeses of University of the Philippines-Institute of Small Scale Industries (P&Q specialist).

The NSC For industry (small category) was composed of Meneleo J. Carlos, Jr. of Federation of Philippine Industries, Inc. (Chair), Julius Cainglet of Federation of Free Workers (Vice-Chair) and members Myrna M. Sunico of DTI-Product Development and Design Center of the Philippines and Ma. Theresa A. Agustin of Development Academy of the Philippines (P&Q specialist).

Meanwhile, micro and medium establishments under the service sector were screened by the committee headed by Dr. Ma. Teresita S. Cucueco of Occupational Safety and Health Center with Rafael M. Mapalo of Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (Vice-Chair) and members Stanley Sy of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. and Eleanor Rochelle S. Cruz of Philippine Society for Quality, Inc. (P&Q specialist).

TUCP’s Flor Cabatingan led the committee for service sector-small category, together with Romeo D. Garcia of Employers Confederation of the Philippines (Vice-Chair) and members Bernadette Montelibano of DTI – BDTP and Ricky Rebello of the Cooperative Development Authority (P&Q specialist).

Posted: August 26, 2015


New workers' sectoral representative of RTWPB-IVA takes oath

Bro. Patrocinio S. Caisip took his oath of office before DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz in simple rites held on August 19, 2015 at the Office of the Secretary, Intramuros, Manila.

Mr. Caisip was appointed by the President on July 2, 2015 as workers' sectoral representative to RTWPB-IVA. At present, he is the Assistant Vice President for Union Maintenance and Consolidation of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW). He has been involved in trade union work for more than 30 years and has extensive experience and knowledge in labor-management negotiations and relations.

NWPC Executive Director Maria Criselda Sy, Mr. Alan Montano (FFW President Emeritus) along with his comrades led by National President Atty. Jose Sonny Matula, Mr. Julius Cainglet and former RTWPB-IVA Board Secretary, OIC-Director Rovelinda dela Rosa witnessed the said event.

Posted: August 26, 2015

Secretary Baldoz, ED Sy award PO Regional Winners

Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz and Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy awarded the 2015 PO regional winners last June 23, 2015, a feature event during proclamation of ZamboEcozone as a labor laws compliant and child labor free zone. Awarded as regional PO winners were Myler Agribusiness Incorporated, Cecile’s Pharmacy and Convenience Store, Katipunan Bank, Sun Gate Pawnshop, The Rural Bank of Rizal, and Montano Food Corporation. 

Secretary Baldoz also awarded Certificates of Compliance (COC) to General Labor Standards, Occupational Safety and Health, Labor Relations, TCCLS, and Child Labor Free Establishments.  She expressed her gratitude to Mr. Christopher Lawrence S. Arnuco, Chairperson of ZamboEcozone, for his support to the LLCS program of the DOLE and emphasized the importance of protecting workers’ rights and welfare towards promoting workers’ productivity.  “Sa bagong Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS) ng DOLE, mas malawak, mas komprehensibo, at mas natututukan na ang pagpapatupad ng lahat ng batas sa paggawa,” said Secretary Baldoz. 

Executive Director Sy, together with Mr. Kim Lagcao, also joined RTWPB-IX in the blessing of its new office, having recently transferred to HC Marketing Inc. Building, Governor Camins Avenue, Zamboanga City.

Posted: August 13, 2015


NWPC convenes 2015 PO’s NJP, NSC members

NWPC gathered the tripartite members of the National Judging Panel (NJP) and National Screening Committee (NSC) for a briefing on the criteria and screening mechanics of the 2015 Productivity Olympics. It was held last July 9, 2015 at the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC).
Present during the activity were Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III, former Executive Director of the NWPC and productivity and quality experts from DAP, UP-ISSI, DTI, DA, Philippine Society for Quality, Inc., Center for Small Entrepreneurs, CDA, Manila Doctors Hospital, Gawad Kalinga, ADMU-John Gokongwei School  of Management, and Rosehall Management Consultants Inc.

The NWPC will convene the NSC by the second week of August to screen the regional winners and to select and endorse the national finalists to the NJP.  The NJP will convene in September to select the national winners.         

To date, the RTWPBs endorsed a total of 66 regional winners, competing in the following categories: 12 in agribusiness, 20 in industry, and 37 in the services sector. RTWPB-NCR and Caraga have the most number of entries with 7 each.

Posted: August 13, 2015



PQPM-Cebu Inc., DOLE and RTWPB – VII team up for 1st Productivity and Tripartism Regional Summit

The Department of Labor and Employment and RTWPB VII, in cooperation with the Philippine Quality and Productivity Movement – Cebu, Inc., TIPCs, and ITCs hosted the first Productivity and Tripartite Industrial Peace Council Summit last July 2-3 at the City Sports Club in Cebu.  Its theme was “Improving Productivity through Tripartism and Dialogue in the Context of ASEAN Integration”.

DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, in her keynote speech delivered by Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III acknowledged the importance of tripartism in nation-building, “Through effective tripartism, the Philippines has slowly carved its place in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). It is already dubbed as the Asian Tiger economy and we shall continue seeking ways so that we continue to resound in the ASEAN Integration.”

A highlight of this conference was the presentation of PQPM-Visayas President Renato B. Solis on “The Role of Tripartism in Achieving Productivity under the AEC.”  He said that the Philippines can contribute to ASEAN prosperity through a robust GNP, with “government as an economic driver and the private sector as an active partner in raising consumption, investments and trade”.  In turn, business enterprises can contribute to economic growth through customer and market focus, governance and social responsibility, balanced processes and results focus and people engagement and commitment.         

In closing, he said the country can benefit from the AEC if businesses are productive and profitable in a sustainable manner and if we work together through constant, transparent and innovative tripartism and social dialogue.

Posted: August 13, 2015


NWPC reports accomplishments during 2016 DOLE MYPA

The NWPC directorate headed by Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy attended the three 2015 cluster Mid-Year Performance Assessment (MYPA) held in Baguio, Davao, and Bacolod last June 18-19, July 7-8 and July 13, respectively.
During the cluster meetings, the NWPC presented the accomplishments and targets of the RTWPBs with respect to the implementation of its wage and productivity programs as well as the status of fund utilization. Purpose of which is to identify and address operational issues/difficulties affecting program delivery and to formulate catch-up plans to ensure that targets are met by yearend.

As of June 2015, the RTWPBs have provided productivity orientations/trainings to 5,665 MSMEs or 50% of the annual target of 11,500 MSMEs.

In the area of wages, 8 wage orders (NCR, CAR, I, IVB, VI,VIII, X, XIII) were issued during the first semester, bringing the total number of minimum wage rates in the country to 98. Of this total, five wage rates in five regions remain below the poverty threshold.  The concerned RTWPBs, however, have formulated action plans to close these gaps by May 2016.

The Commission also reported that as of June 2015, all Boards have issued their advisories on productivity incentive schemes and have provided technical assistance to around 250 MSMEs.

Posted: August 13, 2015


NWPC/RTWPBs prepare to train MSMEs on innovation

Last July 6-9, 2015, the NWPC through its Training and Technical Services Division (TTSD) conducted a trainers’ training for the module on innovation and enterprise development for selected NWPC and RTWPB technical staff.
In her welcome remarks, Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy urged the Boards to roll out the new modules and to start practicing innovation within their respective workplaces.
Ms. Sylvia P. Piano, Chief of TTSD said that the objective of the program is to build the participants’ knowledge  on innovation concepts and techniques.

The participants also participated in workshops requiring them to apply innovation techniques to the implementation of tier 2 (productivity incentive schemes) and to improve effectiveness of the conduct of productivity training programs.

Posted: August 13, 2015


NWPC, RBs participate in a workshop on ILO Convention No. 188

Representatives from NWPC and the RTWPBs participated in the conduct of area-wide consultation/validation workshops with the different stakeholders in the fishing industry.

The research entitled “Gap Analysis of ILO Convention No. 188, Work in Fishing Convention (2007)” aimed to assess the readiness of the Philippines and the country’s fishing sector to ratify the Convention in terms of its regulatory framework, implementation mechanisms and industry capacities.
In view of the relative importance of the fishing industry in some regions, the concerned RTWPBs have been requested to sit in the area-based consultations.  The Visayas consultation was participated in by Board Secretaries Nesa S. Nolido (RTWPB - VI) and Grace G. Carreon (RTWPB - VII) while Ms. Nur-Aini V. Jailani (RTWPB - IX) and Ms. Shiela May B. Navarquez (RTWPB-XII) joined the Mindanao consultation. 
The BWC and ILS presented the gap analysis report and solicited comments from the participants. 

ILO Convention No. 118 is a comprehensive code on fishermen’s rights and minimum industry standards such as minimum age, medical fitness, safe manning, fisherman’s agreement, repatriation at owner’s expense, living accommodation and food on board, occupational safety and health, pay, and social security protection.

Posted: August 13, 2015


RTWPB X, LGU collaborate to strengthen Camiguin’s tourism industry

In line with the declaration of Camiguin as a Labor Laws Compliant Tourism Destination on March 13, 2015, the Local Government of Camiguin headed by Governor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo invited the RTWPB-X to conduct Service Quality Training to the hotels, resorts and restaurants in the province.
The training held last June 3-4 at the Cami-guin Convention Center, was attended by thirty-two (32) participants representing eleven (11) hotels and restaurants in the province.

Representatives of the local government unit and the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) also participated in the training.

Posted: August 13, 2015


NNC to NWPC employees: Check your nutrition, exercise

In time for the celebration of 2015 Nutrition Month with the theme “Timbang Iwasto sa Tamang Nutrisyon at Ehersisyo,” the NWPC organized a health and nutrition seminar with Ms. Ma. Katrina A. Demetrio of the National Nutrition Council (NCC) as resource speaker.

Ms. Demetrio discussed the “10 Kumainments”, a comprehensive and popular version of the revised Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF). 

She also oriented the employees on the use of “Pinggang Pinoy” or the Healthy Food Plate, which is a user-friendly food guide on the right food group proportions to meet an adult’s daily energy and nutritional requirements. She added that this visual tool is an easy reference for determining the right amount of food intake per meal.

Ms. Demetrio also took the chance to promote the other DOH healthy lifestyle programs such as Pilipinas Go 4 Health, “Outstanding Healthy Lifestyle Advocacy Awards,” and “Belly Gud for Health.”

Posted: August 13, 2015


NWPC organizes health, stress management programs

The Administrative Division (AD) organized a series of health and stress management programs for NWPC officers and employees last July 20 and 24, 2015.

Free influenza vaccination in coordination with PITC Pharma was administered last July 20.  The employees were also treated to free haircut and massage services last July 24, compliments of the Manila Manpower Development Company.

Posted: August 13, 2015


NWPC organized 8 Learning Sessions for the first sem of 2015

The NWPC organized eight (8) Learning Sessions for the first semester of 2015.

The Learning Session is a monthly activity of the NWPC aimed at providing information on policies, programs, and trends in the labor market.

For the first semester of 2015, the Learning Sessions covered topics on labor standards, handling administrative cases, wage orientation, legitimate contracting and sub-contracting, BIR Revenue Regulation on Expanded de Minimis Benefits, productivity toolbox, gainsharing scheme, and labor laws compliance framework. A total of 332 participants attended the Learning Sessions.

For the second half of 2015, the NWPC will conduct sessions on post-employment concerns, tax exemptions for minimum wage earners, advisory on the implementation of productivity-based incentives for NCR, and labor standards.

Posted: August 13, 2015


Regional Boards declare Regional Productivity Olympics winners

The Regional Boards concluded the regio-nal search for its nominees to the 2015 Productivity Olympics last June 30.

In National Capital Region

RTWPB-NCR Screening Committee awarded seven nominees, namely (1) Temps and Staffers, Inc., (2) Greenlight Power, (3) Nesabel Corporation, (4) Pinagkaisa at Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng R. Hortaleza Multi-Purpose Cooperative, (5) Mapecon Green Charcoal, (6) Thousand Oaks Packaging Corp, and (7) Life Source Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

The Board, acting as the Regional Screening Committee, conducted desk review and panel interview of the MSME-nominees to assess the impact of their productivity programs on business performance and resource management.

In Central Visayas

RTWPB VII, during its 1st Productivity and Tripartism Conference last July 21, 2015 at the City Sports Club, Cebu, awarded the following regional winners: (1)
Panda Tea Garden Suites, (2) Amarela Resort, (3) Bethel Guest House and (4) United South Dockhandlers, Inc. The RTWPB, together with a representative from PQPM-Cebu, composed the Regional Screening Committee who selected regional winners.

Coinciding with this activity, PQPM -Cebu also organized a learning session on the implications of the China turmoil on the country’s economy, with DOLE RO VII

Regional Director Exequiel Sarcauga and Ms. Ruth Cruz of NEDA VII as resource persons.

In Northern Mindanao

Last June 30, RTWPB-X awarded five (5) PO regional winners and conducted the first press conference on Wage Order No. RX-18 at the Seda Hotel, Centerio in Cagayan de Oro City,

The regional winners for Northern Mindanao are: (1) Bolisong Women Wine-Makers Inc., (2) Integrated Livestock and Poultry Raisers’ Coo-perative, (3) CLIMBS Life and General Insurance Cooperative, (4) Daima Shipping Corporation – Small Service Category, and (5) St. Jhudiel Manpower Services.

The Board also recognized two of the region’s productivity practitioners, Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Lorenzo Tan Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

Posted: August 13, 2015