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2014 National Productivity Convention underscores Innovation and Enterprise Development

               The National Wages and Productivity Commission held the National Productivity Convention with the theme “Productivity, Innovation, and Enterprise Development: Empowering Workers. Sustaining Enterprises.”

               The event started with messages from  DOLE Acting Undersecretary Katherine Brimon,  NWPC Worker Representative David Diwa (representing TUCP-ITUC), ECOP President Edgardo G. Lacson, DTI Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado, NEDA Deputy Director General Emmanuel F. Esguerra and Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Labor and Employment Hon. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles.  They  emphasized the significance of productivity and innovation as a key strategy towards sustained growth and global competitiveness, referring to the 2013/2014 Global Competitiveness ranking of the World Economic Forum.

               In her keynote speech, Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz emphasized the need to increasingly link wage growth with productivity growth.  She said  “The real and the big challenge is how to link wages with productivity. It isn’t just making companies competitive and profitable through improved productivity, but for productive workers to get higher wages and ultimately enjoy higher living standards”.

               Secretary Baldoz focused on 2 important productivity drivers, skills and innovation.   She said  “You combine the two and you produce the quality of products or services that will define and distinguish your company from all the rest. It is not just a profitable and competitive company, but more importantly, one that values its people--the workers--as the best asset. This is the desirable and shared goal among government and the social partners when we adopted the two-tier wage reform system that defines the role of minimum wage and the guidelines on how to compute it, and which also establishes the link between wages and productivity”.

               The Convention’s highlight was the research forum where experts and resource speakers from the ILO and Gawad Kalinga Foundation presented studies and researches on the importance of workforce cooperation and character building, respectively in promoting productivity.  On the policy side, DTI Asst. Secretary Rafaelita Aldaba discussed the 2015 ASEAN Economic Integration (AEC) and the policy levers to prepare the country for the AEC.  Meanwhile, DOST Undersecretary Fortunato T. dela Peña presented a paper on innovation-led development path in the Philippines.

               The convention also kicked off the 2015 Productivity Olympics and launched the NWPV Productivity Toolbox for MSMEs.

               After the program proper, the Commission and regional  boards convened to listen to two of the best practices on the implementation of the Service Quality program.  Western Visayas Board Secretary Nesa Nolido presented her region’s Pier to Port (P2P) Program while Caraga Board Secretary Earl dela Victoria showcased the implementation of the service quality program at the Bancasi airport in Butuan City.

               The convention was held at The Heritage Hotel in Pasay City and attended by some 250 delegates and participants representing the public and private sector organizations, as well as individuals in the productivity movement.

               

Posted: Octoberber 29, 2014

NWPC Productivity Toolbox: The Ladder of Efficiency and Effectiveness

               The NWPC is now more than ready to boost the productivity and competitiveness of micro, small, and medium enterprises through a package of productivity improvement programs collectively known as “Productivity Toolbox.”

               “It is a ladderized system that contains a package of developmental assistance to MSMEs to ensure that they transform to more viable and competitive enterprises,” said Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz.

               The NWPC’s Productivity Toolbox is a needs-based approach to productivity improvement and contains several training courses that MSMEs can avail of. Such courses range from work values, housekeeping, and work systems, to the more advanced training courses like green productivity and service quality.  It also provides technical assistance through the conduct of time and  motion studies for output or results based compensation schemes.

MSME Development:
A Formula to Achieve Inclusive Growth

               Developing micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) is an important strategy in the path to inclusive growth since MSMEs account for 99% of total establishments and 61% of total employment in the country.

A Closer Look at the Ladder of Efficiency
and Effectiveness

               In the broadest sense, the productivity improvement trainings aim to:  

1) instill positive values among the workforce; 2) introduce cost cutting/saving measures, plant layout, and process improvements, etc. to improve productivity and 3) mainstream a culture of quality and productivity.

               Initially, the RTWPBs introduce the productivity toolbox to potential company beneficiaries. The orientation will focus on potential benefits and gains from implementing productivity improvement program.  The potential beneficiaries are advised that each training course ends with a submission of a productivity improvement plan, the implementation of which shall be monitored by the RTWPBs.

               After orientation, interested companies will undergo a two-three day full cycle training.

Basic Training

There are five basic training programs namely:  (i) Productivity 101 – Labor Relations, Human Relations, and Productivity (LHP), (ii) ISTIV Program Awareness Program (PAP), (iii) 5S of Good Housekeeping, (iv)   ISTIV Bayanihan and (v) Productivity Enhancement Program for DOLE Livelihood Program Beneficiaries.

Intermediate Training

               This phase requires the pre-requisite knowledge and applications of the basic level. The intermediate courses are: (i) ISTIV Plus (Succeeding in Business),  (ii) Green ME,  (iii) Service Quality and (iv) Time and Motion Study.

Advanced Training

               This level offers advanced training courses: (i) Service Quality Plus (Supply Chain), (ii) Gainsharing Schemes, and (iii) Local and foreign training/conferences on leadership, management, and enterprise development.

Recognition and Incentives

               Companies who have successfully implemented and sustained their productivity improvement programs qualify them to participate in the NWPC Productivity Olympics and to vie for the Secretary’s award under the Incentivizing Compliance Program of the DOLE.

Availing the Productivity Toolbox

               MSMEs nationwide can avail of the training programs in the productivity toolbox provided they (1) are 100% Filipino owned, (2) have basic systems in place such as recruitment of workers, production, and maintenance, and (3) are willing to implement productivity improvement programs. Interested companies may apply to NWPC or the nearest RTWPB in their area.

Productivity Toolbox in Action

               As of September 2014, the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards have conducted a total of 6,696 orientations and 3,061 trainings to MSMEs nationwide, benefitting 22,928 managers, supervisors, and workers.

             

Posted: Octoberber 29, 2014

RTWPB NCR issues Wage Advisory for the Tourism Sector

               To guide enterprises and workers in the tourism industry to implement productivity and performance-based incentive schemes, the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – NCR issued Wage Advisory No. NCR-01 for the tourism sector. The sector’s growth prospects and employment potential were the primary considerations of RTWPB NCR in selecting it as subject of its productivity advisory.

               The advisory  covers  hotels (accommodation services), restaurants (food and beverage services), travel agents and tour operators, and health and wellness services. It contains the implementing guidelines on the creation of a productivity committee, and recommends performance criteria which can be used by establishments in the formulation of their productivity and performance-based incentive schemes.

               The advisory was published on October 3, 2014 at the Philippine Star.

               

Posted: Octoberber 29, 2014

Tourist Police commits to Service Quality

               A total of fifty one (51) tourist police underwent the “Service Quality Training for Tourist Police Auxiliary Brigade” at NWPC Conference Room last September 29-30, 2014.

               The training aimed to improve the quality of services provided by the tourism industry value chain. It was conducted by RTWPB-NCR in partnership with Public Employment Service Office-Pasay.

               Topics covered during the training were: (1) Service Quality for key employment generators, (2) understanding customers, (3) error hunting/prevention, (4) error recovery, and (5) teamwork.

               Meanwhile, the board in partnership with Barangay 657 also conducted the same training program to padyak operators and drivers in Intramuros, Manila. Most of the participants committed to adopt the principles of service quality.

               

Posted: Octoberber 29, 2014

NWPC submits positions to Cong. Hicap's legislative measures

               The NWPC recently submitted its position to the four legislative measures filed by Congressman Fernando L. Hicap on minimum wage setting.

               Cong. Hicap’s house resolutions and    bills   cover  (1)  increase in the premium pay of SSS members (2) implementation of two-tiered wage system, (3) P125.00 daily across-the-board increase in the salary rates of employees and workers in the Private Sector, and (4) an act repealing Republic Act No. 6727.

               On item 1, the NWPC cited the effect on workers’ take-home pay of a premium increase.  On item 2, the NWPC explained the concept of the TTWS and provided updates on its implementation, highlighting the decline in the number of minimum wage rates below the poverty threshold and the advisories by the Boards.

               On item 3, the NWPC grounded its comment on the mandate of the Commission to set regional minimum wages, and not across-the-board wage increases, for purposes of protecting poor and vulnerable workers from undue low  wages.

               On item 4, the Commission recognized that the power to legislate wages rests with Congress and as such may propose wage policy reforms as it deems necessary.

               

Posted: Octoberber 29, 2014

PSE to NWPC employees: Invest now

               “The best time to invest is yesterday. The second best is today.” This was the introductory message of Ms. Sarah Padilla from the Philippine Stock Exchange during the orientation conducted to the NWPC employees last October 3, 2014.

               The aim of the orientation was to raise awareness and financial literacy of employees such as investing in stocks.

               

Posted: Octoberber 29, 2014

Empowering workers and sustaining enterprises is key theme of biennial 2014 National Productivity Convention

                Empowering Filipino workers and sustaining the country's enterprises through productivity and innovation will be the key buzzwords that participants will hear and discuss in the 2014 National Productivity Convention that will take place on Wednesday, 16 October, at the Heritage Hotel in Manila.

                "We look forward to the 2014 National Productivity Convention for it will offer us the opportunity to engage micro, small, and medium enterprises--the backbone of the Philippine economy--on the important issue of productivity and innovation which is key to empowering our workers and sustaining the growth of our enterprises towards regional and global competitiveness," said Baldoz as she primes up publicity for the biennial event.

                "This Convention is our contribution to the celebration of October as the National Quality and Productivity Month," she added.

                Secretary Baldoz will deliver a keynote address at the Convention.

                This is the third National Productivity Convention since it was first held six years ago.

                The National Wages and Productivity Commission, which is organizing and hosting the event, said it had chosen the theme, “Productivity, Innovation, and Enterprise Development: Empowering Workers, Sustaining Enterprises”, as fitting to the thrust of the DOLE of putting productivity and innovation to the fore of its roadmap to decent work that will contribute to the national goal of massive employment generation and substantial poverty reduction.

                NWPC Acting Executive Director Patricia Hornilla said the NWPC expects over 250 Convention delegates and participants representing the public and private sector organizations, as well as champions and advocates in the productivity movement.

                Main activity at the Convention will be a research forum where experts and resource speakers from the International Labor Organization and Gawad Kalinga Foundation will present studies and researches on the importance of workforce cooperation and character building in promoting productivity.

                On policy, Assistant Secretary Rafaelita Aldaba of the Department of Trade and Industry will present a paper on trade reforms, competition, and innovation in relation to the ASEAN Economic Integration 2015, while Undersecretary Fortunato dela Pena of the Department of Science and Technology will present a paper on innovation-led development path in the Philippines.

                Like in the previous two National Productivity Convention, the NWPC and its partners will use the event to kick-off the 2015 Productivity Olympics, the country's national competition for best productivity improvement practices among MSMEs.

                "We will unveil the objectives, criteria, mechanics, and prizes of the 2015 Productivity Olympics during the event and hear testimonials from past Olympic winners," said Director Hornilla.

                Also in the Convention, Baldoz will lead officials and partners in the official launch of the DOLE's newest free programs and services to MSMEs, the Productivity Toolbox, an integrated, ladderized, and needs-based package of productivity improvement programs to assist MSMEs in implementing work process improvements, utilizing resources more efficiently, reducing errors, accidents, downtime, and customer complaints, and improving product quality and delivery.               

                Expected to deliver messages in the Convention are former Senator Ernesto Herrera of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-ITUC; Edgardo Lacson, President of the Employers' Confederation of the Philippines; DTI Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado; NEDA Deputy Director General Emmanuel F. Esguerra; and Hon. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, Chairperson of the House of Representatives' Committee on Labor and Employment.

 

Posted: Octoberber 13, 2014

 


NWPC issues Rules of Procedure on Minimum Wage Fixing for Domestic Workers

By: Jerome P. Lucas

                The Commission and its Regional Boards will now be guided by NWPC Guidelines No. 1, Series of 2014 in the fixing of minimum wage rates for domestic workers.

                Under RA 10361 or Kasambahay Law, the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs), through the supervision of the Commission, shall review and if proper, determine and adjust the minimum wage rates of domestic workers a year after the effectivity of the Act.

                The rules of procedure direct the regional boards to conduct annual review of the prevailing minimum wages of domestic workers.

                In minimum wage fixing, the regional boards shall consider, as far as applicable, the needs of workers and their families: a) wage adjustments vis-à-vis the consumer price index and b) poverty threshold; and capacity to pay: a) household income and b) average wage of domestic workers.
               
Prior to the issuance of a wage order, the Boards shall conduct consultations/hearings with stakeholders. The guidelines, however, said that separate consultations/hearings may be conducted in determining the minimum wage of domestic workers in order that issues concerning the sector will be properly addressed.

                Wage orders issued by the Board shall not allow exemption. The Board shall dismiss outright exemption application filed by any party.

               

The said guidelines were published  on Philippine Daily Inquirer last September 19, 2014.

 

Posted: Octoberber 11, 2014

 

Green jobs bill filed in Congress

By: Jerome P. Lucas

          As part of his advocacy, Congressman Karlo Alexei Nograles, Chairperson of the House Committee on Labor and Employment, requested the DOLE to draft a bill on green jobs.  The NWPC, ILS, together with BLE drafted the bill entitled “An Act Granting Incentives to Individuals and Enterprises Supporting the Creation of Green Jobs and Appropriating Funds For the Purpose”.

 

Posted: Octoberber 11, 2014

 


Usec. Conferido now heads NWPC

By: Julie Callope-Llorente

          Effective on September 15, the chairman-designate of the NWPC will be Usec. Reydeluz D. Conferido, following the re-clustering of DOLE offices, agencies and bureaus.
               
          The re-clustering of agencies aims to ensure “coherence and efficiency in the delivery of priority Programs, Activities and Projects (PAPs) identified in the DOLE Planning Tool 2014-2016”, DOLE Administrative Order No. 468 series of 2014 stated.
               
          Under   Outcome  1    “Employability of Workers and Competitiveness of Enterprises Enhanced”, Undersecretary Conferido also acts as Cluster Head for the other DOLE offices, namely: Bureau of Local Employment, National Maritime Polytechnic, National Reintegration Center for OFWs, Professional Regulation Commission, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

Posted: Octoberber 11, 2014

 


DOLE, Social Partners participate in Innovation and Enterprise Development Managers Program

By: Jerome P. Lucas

          Representatives from DOLE and its social partners comprised the new delegation of the ongoing managers program under the NWPC-Nanyang Polytechnic International (NYPi) - Temasek Foundation (TF) training on productivity,  innovation and enterprise development.

          The delegation, headed by Regional Director Nathaniel Lacambra, was composed of selected senior government officials from DOLE, Philippine League of Labor-Management Cooperation Practitioners, Inc. (PHILAMCOP), Philippine Association of Local Service Contractors (PALSCON), and Federation of Free Workers (FFW).

          The programme aims to widen the pool of Philippine productivity and innovation practitioners and champions who will assist the MSMEs.

Posted: Octoberber 11, 2014

 


NWPC appoints new directors, officers

By: Julie Callope-Llorente

The NWPC recently filled up six vacant positions with  the appointment of two Directors and four officers.

          Atty Welma T. Sicangco and Atty. Jamie-Lyn Garcia have been promoted to the position of Director II for Managament and Support Service Department and Policy Research Service Department, respectively .

          

The rest of the newly promoted employees are: Ms. Amelia C. Kakazu (as Supervising LEO), Julie Callope-Llorente (as Senior LEO), Michelle A. Mackay (as LEO II), and Phyllis G. dela Rosa (as LEO I).

 

Posted: Octoberber 11, 2014

 


With newly developed training module,
hotels and restaurants will be transformed to eco-advocates

by Francis Atangan & Zulaizah Genesis M. Lahan

          Hotels and restaurants in Bohol are now learning new and innovative ways to transform themselves into safe, clean, and eco-friendly enterprises, following their participation in a training program entitled Greener Business Asia – Hotel Training and Advisory last September 17-18.

 

Posted: Octoberber 11, 2014



Senate seeks clarification on minimum wage fixing processes

By: Jerome P. Lucas

          During the budget hearing with Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Chiz Escudero sought clarification on how adjustments in minimum wages are determined and how minimum wages relate to the family living wage (FLW) and the poverty threshold.

          The NWPC said that the Board secretariat computes a range of possible minimum wage increases which are presented to the Board for further deliberation.  On a follow-up query on whether minimum wage adjustments is a result of compromise among the social partners, the NWPC clarified that minimum wage setting is both a technical and political exercise.  The implementation of the TTWS which makes reference to the poverty threshold and average wage, however, has disciplined the political aspect of wage determination.
               
          On a query on whether the FLW is automatically computed as twice the minimum wage, the NWPC replied that the FLW and the minimum wage are distinct concepts and, as such, have different empirical framework.

          Based on some quick computations, Sen. Escudero also observed that the minimum wage in NCR is slightly higher than the region’s poverty threshold.

Posted: Octoberber 11, 2014

 


2014 National Productivity Convention set for October 16

          The National Productivity Convention (NPC) will be held on October 16 with the theme “Productivity, Innovation and Enterprise Development: Empowering Workers, Sustaining Enterprises”.  This is a biennial event of the NWPC, held every October in celebration of the National Quality and Productivity Month.

          The event will have two plenary research fora:  Session 1 on “Expanding Workers’ Skills Through Productivity and Innovation” and Session 2  on “Building Sustainable Enterprises Through Productivity and Innovation”.  Speakers for the research sessions include: Mr. Charles Bodwell (ILO), Mr. Frank Lester U. Chui (Gawad Kalinga Foundation), Asst. Sec. Rafaelita Aldaba (DTI) and Usec.  Fortunato dela Pena (DOST).

          The event will also kick off the 2015 Productivity Olympics, featuring testimonials of past national winners.Participants from government agencies, social partners, the academe and international bodies are expected to attend this event.

Posted: Octoberber 11, 2014

 

 


Reducing stress through film

          To help employees cope with demanding situations, a stress management activity in the form of film viewing was conducted by the Administrative Division at the NWPC Conference Room last August 29, 2014.

          The film Bekikang: Ang Nanay kong Bekia is a 2013 Filipino comedy film that looks into the journey of a gay man as he raises an abandoned child and his struggles when the parents of the child reappear to take back custody of the child.

Posted: Octoberber 11, 2014

 


RB CARAGA conducts series of 5S training in 4 LGUs

by Board Secretary Earl Dela Victoria

 

          With the intent to strengthen the linkages and networking with LGUs, line agencies, and provincial offices within the region, RTWPB Caraga conducted series of 5S training in four LGUs.

          The partnership between RTWPB Caraga and four LGUs namely: 1) Butuan City, Agusan del Nortel; 2) Municipality of Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte; 3) Tandag City, Surigao del Sur; and 4) Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte, was established in October  2011 through an agreement labeled as “Clean Ground, Zero Waste Program”.

          As part of the agreement, RTWPB Caraga committed to conduct 5S training program to the different offices of the LGUs and to advocate the importance of a clean ground, zero waste program of the LGU of Butuan.

          The first series of 5S training was conducted for the employees of the LGU of Butuan from October 4 to December 27, 2011 where a total 33 offices represented by 1,037 employees benefited from the training program.

          Meanwhile, 46 employees participated in the training conducted in the Municipality of Gigaquit last July 2013 and 137 staff of 20 LGU offices of Tandag City participated in a similar training conducted last 4-5 June 2013.

          Hon. Roxanne C. Pimentel of Tandag City, in her June 23 State of the City Address (SOCA) recognized the valuable contribution of the RTWPB to the productivity performance of the LGU. “All the LGU officials and employees underwent seminar-workshops on 5S Good Housekeeping and (ISTIV PAP). Thank you, Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board Caraga for this capacity building intervention,” the mayor said.

          A similar recognition was given by Cabadbaran City Mayor Dale B. Corvera during the training of the LGU of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte last 2-5 September 2014.  In his message, he emphasized the value of Good housekeeping in  every workplace. He said  “The City Hall must be clean and organized within and outside its vicinity so that the credibility in giving quality service to its constituents is established”.

Posted: Octoberber 11, 2014

 


Butuan City airport transforms itself through
DOLE's productivity improvement program

by Board Secretary Earl Dela Victoria

          Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said she herself has experienced the improvement in the quality of services at the Butuan City Airport in Bancasi, Butuan City after the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (RTWBP) of the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), an attached agency of the DOLE, has partnered with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in transforming the way airport workers and employees deal with their customers.

          "When you step out of the plane at the Bancasi Airport, what you immediately notice is the courteousness of airport employees greeting you with their smiles. You notice their willingness to go out of their way to make passengers comfortable," said Baldoz who has visited Butuan City several times in the past month.

          Earl Dela Victoria, RTWPB-Caraga Board Secretary, reported to Secretary Baldoz, through NWPC Executive Director Ma. Criselda Sy that the transformation of Butuan Airport's service quality was a result of a close collaboration with the CCAP and the City Government of Butuan after CAAP board members received incessant negative reports regarding the airport's services to customers. Porters, according to the complaints, were unorganized and unruly and don't care about passengers' luggage.
               
          "Short of chaotic,       offices were unclean and some were not even well-lighted. The toilets were dirty, and outside, service providers--vendors and transport--vie and haggle for harassed customers. The RTWPB-Caraga took the initiative to change this by linking the CAAP in Butuan City to the NWPC's productivity programs," said dela Victoria.

          After several airport visits and consultation with the airport management, RTWPB-Caraga and the CAAP forged a partnership towards productivity by improving the services of CAAP personnel.

          Subsequently, Dela Victoria led RTWPB trainers in a Service Quality Orientation, holding in-depth discussions with officials on the benefits of productivity programs. Thereafter, the management agreed to conduct a Service Quality Seminar for CAAP porters and personnel at the Bancasi Airport lobby.

          The two-day seminar focused on how airport personnel and porters could become more customer-friendly and how they could render fast, efficient, and reliable services.

          "Increasing customer confidence and reducing customer complaints was our primary aim," Dela Victoria said.

          Airport porters adopted a system of prioritizing customers first and foremost. For faster identification, they were provided with uniforms and IDs.

          Soon after, change has become noticeable as CAAP personnel and porters showed what quality service is all about, showing excellent services from the way they approach and greet their customers to the manner they handled luggage and cargoes.

          On 11 December 2013, the RTWPB-Caraga and the CAAP conducted a 5S Seminar in the airport. Over a hundred personnel from the administration, tower, engineering, and field personnel divisions participated in the one-day activity. The focus of the seminar was office organization, cleanliness, and orderliness. The RTWPB offered practical suggestions for improvements in the offices as well as in the airport itself.

          Shortly after, improvement of the airport's physical infrastructure began, with the construction of a specially-made, glass-enclosed, VIP Lounge. Additional lighting was mounted; toilets cleaned; and order was restored in the departure and arrival areas. Even vendors and transport service providers were assigned designated places where they could ply their trades and services. The airport became more comfortable and customer-friendly.

          According to Dela Victoria, it was the passengers who first felt and experienced the improvements in the service quality at the airport.

          "The on-going construction and the continuing improvements manifest that the management is really serious in intensifying awareness and commitment to quality and productivity, as the RTWPB-Caraga has emphasized," he said.

          The economic vibrancy of the region has brought the airport busier, as official records of CAAP-Butuan show a significant increase of outgoing and incoming passengers.

          "But because of the RTWPB-Caraga's productivity improvement intervention, the Bancasi airport is more than ready to meet travelers' expectations," said Evangeline Babate, Airport Manager of the Bancasi Airport.

          "We are really thankful to the DOLE for its productivity improvement program because we were able not only to improve our services that make our customers happy and satisfied, but also because we have imbibed a culture of quality service," declared June V. Alfonso, terminal supervisor, who has several times welcomed and assisted Secretary Baldoz at the airport.

          Dela Victoria reported that because of increased airport activity and the improvement in the quality of airport services, airport workers, the porters, especially, have indicated they are earning more than previous years because satisfied travelers are more inclined now to pay (and give tips) for their quality services.
               
          "Airport workers now are more cooperative and productive; there is also decreased workplace stress because the working environment in the airport has tremendously changed," Dela Victoria said.

          Baldoz said any establishment who would like to avail of the DOLE's productivity improvement programs can do so, free of charge, as she bared that the NWPC has completed its Integrated Ladderized Productivity Training Program composed of five basic training courses; six intermediate training courses; three advanced training courses; and two recognition and incentives.

          Companies interested in this ladderized productivity program may apply with the NWPC or RTWPB offices in the country's 16 regions. The productivity program is "viewable" at and downloadable from the NWPC website, www.nwpc.gov.org.

 

Posted: Octoberber 11, 2014

 

Baldoz unveils ladderized productivity toolbox to boost MSMEs productivity

          Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday unveiled the DOLE's productivity toolbox for micro, small, and medium enterprises that could further boost their productivity and competitiveness.

          "This toolbox contains a package of developmental assistance to MSMEs to ensure that they transition to a more viable and competitive enterprises and eventually comply with labor laws, including safety and health standards," Baldoz said after the National Wages and Productivity Commission presented to her the ladderized toolbox.

          According to Baldoz, the NWPC Productivity Toolbox for MSMEs is a needs-based approach to productivity improvement and contains various training courses that MSMEs can avail of.

          These training courses range from foundational courses, such as work values, housekeeping, and work systems, to the more advanced training courses (green productivity, service quality).

          "An MSME can avail of any one of these courses--for free--depending on its capacity-building requirement," Baldoz said.

          Touted as the backbone of the Philippine economy, the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises account for 99 percent of total establishments and 61 percent of total employment.

          Baldoz said that the country's mass of MSMEs need to grow and expand to create more productive and decent employment and to optimize their contribution to the economy.

          "This is the only way we can realize the overriding goal of inclusive growth: our MSMEs need to grow and expand," she said.

          The labor and employment chief said MSMEs that avail of the free productivity orientation and training programs in the Toolbox should go "all the way".

          "This means allowing their workforce to undergo the training and to innovate by developing a workforce-led productivity improvement program/project (PIP). Most importantly, the MSME must be committed to implement the PIP and document its outcomes," she said.

          According to Baldoz, because of the tough challenges MSMEs face, both owners/managers should need to realize by embarking on a productivity journey that that simply cutting costs would not suffice.

          "In this era of economic integration, in order to help drive sales, increase customer satisfaction, promote market diversity and develop market niches, innovation is imperative," she explained.

          She further said that the productivity technologies contained in the Toolbox are instrumental in enabling enterprises to be efficient by cutting on unnecessary costs, conserving resources, encouraging workers to innovate, embarking on a continuous process improvement, and designing and implementing recognition and reward systems.

          "In this manner, enterprises become efficient by producing more using less inputs," she said.

          "Baldoz bared that last year, workers in 10,532 MSMEs have availed of the Productivity Toolbox resulting to reduced costs, reduced waste/defects, organized and safer workplaces, better delivery of services, and improved workers' morale arising from their ownership of their PIPs and recognition of their contribution.

          " "This year, as reflected in the DOLE Planning Tool approved by the President, we are committed to provide technical assistance to workers in 11,000 MSMEs to improve workforce and enterprise productivity," she also said.

          " She further said that the encouraging results of the 2014-15 Global Competitiveness Report provides the impetus to further intensify DOLE’s advocacy to promote productivity improvement programs among MSMEs.

          " The country’s global competitiveness ranking went up to 52nd in 2014  from 59th I in 2013, up by 7 notches. One of the notable improvements is in the country’s labor market efficiency ranking, which  improved by 9 notches, from 100th to 91st.

          " In the areas of wages and productivity, a significant improvement in ranking can be observed in flexibility of wage determination (109th to 86th)  and pay and productivity  (44th to 27th). Baldoz attributes this to the Two-Tiered Wage System, a new wage fixing approach introduced in 2012.

 The new approach consists of two tiers: the first tier pertains to setting of mandatory minimum wage above the poverty threshold, but below average or market wage to allow bipartite negotiations to take place, while the second tier strengthens the link betwee pay and productivity through provision of productivity based pay schemes.

          For a preview of the Productivity Toolbox and its content, visit the NWPC website www.nwpc.dole.gov.ph and click on the Productivity Toolbox icon, or inquire from the NWPC and its network of Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards.

 

Posted: September 11, 2014

 

DOLE’s wage reforms support PH competitiveness bid

          Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the wage reforms being pursued by the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) and its Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) support the country’s initiatives to promote worker and enterprise productivity towards making the country more globally competitive.

          Citing the DOLE's two-tiered wage system (TTWS), a reform in minimum wage setting adopted in 2012, she said the TTWS clarifies the parameters for minimum wage setting in the country, thereby putting discipline in the wage-setting process.

          "More importantly, it serves as a deliberate strategy to encourage enterprises and workers to voluntarily implement productivity improvement programs and engage in the fair and reasonable sharing of gains from such programs," Baldoz said.

          Baldoz made these comments after the World Economic Forum had released its 2014/2015 Global Competitiveness Report placing the Philippines in 52nd position out of 144 economies, up by 7 notches from 59th in 2013/2014.  The annual GCR assesses and ranks 144 countries according to 12 pillars of competitiveness.

          Baldoz noted that in one of the 12 pillars of competitiveness--the labor market efficiency pillar--the country’s ranking had improved 9 notches from 100 in  2013/2014 to 91 this year.

          Under this pillar, the country’s performance improved the most in the flexibility in wage determination indicator by 23 notches (109th to 86th) and in the pay and productivity indicator by 17 notches (44th to 27th).

          The labor market efficiency pillar has 10 indicators, and in the 2014/2015 Global Competitiveness Report, the Philippines has registered very visible progress in 8 of the 10 indicators, moving up to the 50 percentile in five of these, namely, (1) cooperation in labor-employer relations (29th); (2) effect of taxation on incentives to work (47th); (3)pay and productivity (27th); (4) reliance on professional management (29th); and (5) country capacity to retain talent (60th).

          Baldoz said that the NWPC, in the 2013 policy guidelines on the TTWS, had directed the RTWPBs to issue advisories on productivity based incentive schemes to guide enterprises in developing and adopting productivity incentive schemes.

          "Following this directive, 13 RTWPBs have issued advisories for their region’s growth or priority sectors.  The rest of the Boards are expected to issue their advisories within the year," Baldoz bared.

          The labor and employment chief also said that the DOLE, through the NWPC and the RTWPBs, provide free technical advice and assistance on productivity improvement to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) through the conduct of orientation, training,  and provision of technical advice.

          According to her, the NWPC also conducts the National Productivity Olympics, a biennial national competition of the best productivity improvement programs among MSMEs.

          The National Productivity Olympics is a productivity promotion program that recognizes the importance of PIPs to improve the performance and enhance competitiveness of enterprises.

          The other day, Baldoz announced the conduct of the National Productivity Olympics this October.

          "Our RTWPBs have adopted a value chain approach in the delivery of productivity training programs to ensure industry- or sector-wide improvements in productivity performance. Some of these training programs are on ISTIV-PAP, ISTIV-Bayanihan, 5S, Service Quality (SQ) and Green Productivity," Baldoz said, adding:

          "All of these are in support of our country’s bid to improve its global competitiveness ranking."

 

Posted: September 05, 2014


DOLE holds 2014 Mid-Year Assessment and Replanning Exercises

By: Jerome P. Lucas

          The Department of Labor and Employment held its mid-year assessment and replanning exercises with the theme “Roadmap to Decent Work: Celebrating Gains and Accelerating Actions Towards Inclusive Growth” in Iloilo City last August 7-8, 2014.

          Program assessment was done by the concerned agency head, facilitated by the Cluster Head for each of the outcomes.  For outcome 1: “Enhanced Employability of Workers and Competitiveness of Enterprises” Undersecretary Reydeluz Conferido facilitated the presentation together with the agency heads of NWPC, PRC, TESDA and BLE; for outcome 2: “Sustained Cooperation between Labor and Employers”, Undersecretary Rebecca C. Chato, together with the agency heads NCMB, NLRC, BWC and BLR; for outcome 3:   “Strengthened Social Protection for Vulnerable Workers”, Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III and the agency heads of POEA, OWWA, NRCO and NWSC and; for outcome 4: “Leadership, Management, Innovation, Research, and Statistics”, Undersecretary Chato and the heads of (IAS, FMS, HRDS, PS and LS).

          Secretary Baldoz expressed satisfaction on the determined efforts the regional offices in implementing the policy and program reforms directed towards improving the welfare of workers.One of the event’s highlight was the awarding of recognition to the Regional Offices who have exceeded their program targets for the year.  In the area of productivity, the NWPC nominated ROs NCR and VI for the implementation of the SQ Value Chain Approach; ROs VII and XII for exceeding their NWPC Productivity Toolbox training targets; RO IVA for registering the highest number of establishments with productivity based incentive scheme and; all Mindanao ROs for engaging their ITCs on the implementation of their advisories on productivity based incentive scheme.

          The labor chief also instructed the heads of agencies to conduct a full impact assessment of programs being implemented for at least five years. On the part of the NWPC, this covers the implementation of minimum wage policies, especially the two-tiered wage system and the NWPC productivity toolbox.

          Meanwhile, the DOLE will conduct its year end performance assessment on December 17-19 and the Secretary is expecting for more accomplishments from the agencies.

Posted: August 27, 2014

 

 


Go Negosyo Act, naisabatas na

Ulat ni: Julie Callope-Llorente

          Naikasa na ang Republic Act No. 10644 na mas kilala bilang Go Negosyo Act matapos itong mapirmahan ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III nitong ika-15 ng Hulyo 2014.

Ang nasabing batas ay ikinokonsiderang groundbreaking dahil sa malaking ginhawang ibibigay nito sa mga maliliit na negosyo, sa pamamagitan ng mas maayos at madaling registration process at pagbibigay ng tulong teknikal at pinansiyal.

          Isang malaking pagbabago ay ang pag-transfer ng business registration processing ng mga Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBEs) mula sa LGUs papunta sa mga Negosyo Centers ng Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED) ng DTI. Ayon kasi sa pag-aaral, hindi naging madali ang business registrations ng BMBEs dati dahil kulang ang suporta na ibinibigay ng LGUs dito. Sa mga Negosyo Centers na din makukuha ang Certificates of Authority for BMBEs.

          Ang implikasyon ng batas na ito ay ang kawalan ng “income protection” ng mga manggagawa sa mga microenterprises dahil isa sa mga insentibo sa ganitong mga negosyo ay ang exemption sa minimum wages. Ayon sa NWPC Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy, kinakailangan na makipagugnayan ang mga RTWPBs sa BMSMED-DTI at sa mga Negosyo Centers upang hikayatin ang mga registered BMBEs na magpasahod ng di bababa sa poverty threshold ng rehiyon.  Ito ay upang di malugmok sa kahirapan ang mga manggagawa sa sector na ito at upang maitaas din ang antas ng kanilang pamumuhay.

          Ayon pa kay Executive Director Sy, kailangang magsagawa ng malawakang productivity training ang mga Boards sa mga registered BMBEs sa tulong na rin ng mga Negosyo Centers.

Posted: August 27, 2014

 


RTWPB VII conducts 5S Trainers Training in Bohol

By: Atty. Evita G. Mendoza

         Responding to the appeal by the Resort and Hotel sector in Bohol for a 5S Training, RTWPB VII conducted a Trainors’ Training at the Bohol Bee Farm on July 30-31, 2014.

         The two-day training, participated by representatives from 19 resorts, aimed at developing a pool of 5s trainers in the province.

         Apart from the 5S concepts and principles discussed by the RTWPB trainers, RTWPB Board Member Atty. Hidelito Pascual also joined the pool of trainers by conducting a lecture on effective communication and facilitating skills. Board Member Philip Tan also joined the team by sharing his company’s 5S journey and best practices.

Posted: August 27, 2014

 


RTWPBs vow to cut gap between poverty threshold and minimum wage

By: Julie Callope-Llorente

         The two-tiered wage system is a reform under RA 6727 which aims to more effectively protect poor and vulnerable workers from undue low wages and to encourage productivity improvement.

         Under the reform, tier 1 or the mandatory minimum wage shall be set above the poverty threshold to help workers and their families meet basic needs, improve the pay distribution at the lower end of the pay scale and contribute to poverty reduction.  Minimum wage, however, shall not exceed average wage to broaden the space for bipartite approaches in setting better terms and conditions of work.

         Tier 2 or the voluntary productivity based incentive scheme is a deliberate strategy to encourage workers and enterprises to agree to implement productivity improvement programs and to share in the gains realized therefrom.

         Since its implementation in 2012, a total of 29 out of 118 minimum wages remained below the poverty threshold.  These are mostly in the agriculture and retail/service establishments regularly employing not more than 10 workers.

         By 2014 (August), the number of minimum wages falling below the poverty threshold has been reduced to 16 out of a total of 106 minimum wages.  The gap ranges from as lo P1.00 to P86.00.  It is expected that by 2016, all gaps should have been closed.

Posted: August 27, 2014

 


NWPC, RTWPBs undergo training on industry analysis

By: Julie Callope-Llorente
                                                       

         A seminar-workshop on “Industry Value-Chain Analysis and other Methodologies for Wage Determination and Research Methodologies” was conducted on August 13-15 in Eurotel Manila.

         The 3-day activity, attended by 50 officers and technical staff of the NWPC and RTWPBs, was a refresher course on industry and value chain analysis, dynamics of market wages,  labor productivity and research methods.  This is part of strengthening the organization’s capacity to effectively deliver its mandate, policies and programs on wages and productivity.

         The first day covered lectures and exercises on industry road mapping, ASEAN integration, wages and development, and industry analysis.  They were discussed by  DTI Asst. Secretary  Rafaelita M. Aldaba and Ateneo de Manila University, Professors Fernando T. Aldaba, Victorina Zosa, and Alvin Ang.

         The second day covered topics on value chain analysis and labor and total factor productivity by Profs. Leonardo Lansona, Aldaba, and Valencia of AdMU.  The last day, focused on research methodologies, where Prof. Jeremiah Opiniano of UST helped the participants appreciate the importance of social research in policymaking.

         NWPC Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy encouraged the participants to apply these learnings in providing technical assistance to their Boards especially in the crafting of their advisories on productivity based incentive schemes.

Posted: August 27, 2014

 


NWPC gets influenza vaccine shots

By: Julie Callope-Llorente

         As part of the NWPC’s employee welfare programs, the Management Support Service Department (MSSD)  facilitated the administration of flu vaccines to the NWPC employees  last July 25 at the NWPC office.

         For this purpose, the NWPC- Administrative Division facilitated the purchase of hundred eleven (111) influenza pre-filled syringe vaccines from the PITC Pharma Incorporated.  Sixty-seven of which were administered by the doctors and nurses of JL Sison Medical Clinic.   The potency of the vaccine will last for one year.

Posted: August 27, 2014

 



NWPC holds Tree Planting Activity

         The NWPC conducted a tree planting activity, in coordination with Taguig CENRO and the DENR  last August 19-20 in Brgy. San Miguel in Taguig City. 

         Initially, 11 personnel from the Management Support Service Department (MSSD) served as advance party to perform clearing operations of the lot where seedlings are to be planted.  Actual tree planting was done on August 20 by a team of 15 NWPC manpower complement, mostly coming from the MSSD.

         This activity is in compliance with EO No. 26 (2011) otherwise known as the National Greening Program and DOLE Administrative Order No. 269 (2011).

Posted: August 27, 2014

 

 


RTWPB CARAGA reactivates Promo Diskwento Caravan

By: Cornelius B. Mahinay

 

            RTWPB CARAGA in partnership with DTI-CARAGA and Local Government Unit of Butuan formally re-launched the Promo Diskwento Caravan last August 15, 2014 at the Butuan City Hall.

            The activity is in line with Administrative Order No. 351 issued by Secretary Baldoz to provide financial relief to minimum wage earners due to increasing prices of basic commodities.

            Fifteen partners with forty four representatives from the private sector manufacturers  participated in the event.  A variety of discounted products ranging from grocery items, food products, agricultural products, and other commodities were sold in the Promo Diskwento. The total amount of sales reached more than P30,000 serving more than 100 customers.        

The Promo Diskwento activity will be conducted twice every month until December 2014.

Posted: August 27, 2014

 


HEIs, Priority for PBP Scheme Advisory in Region II

By: Maria Viviera R. Magno
                                                             

         The service sector particularly the higher education institutions   (HEIs) is the region’s priority industry for the issuance of its first advisory on productivity-based pay (PBP) scheme.

         Citing the Cagayan Valley Regional Development Plan (CVRDP) 2011-16 which recognizes the importance of education as an investment in human capital that contributes to the attainment of inclusive growth, RTWPB-II decided to cover the HEIs as a priority industry and subject of its first advisory under the TTWS.

         The Board conducted industry consultations between the 4th quarter of 2013 up to the 1st quarter of 2014 to solicit inputs in crafting the PBP advisory.  The Regional Board Secretariat also worked closely with concerned government agencies like the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in formulating the advisory. 

         CHED Regional Director Evelyn E. Pascua showcased the model scheme that maybe used by the HEIs in crafting their PBP. Pascua expressed gratitude over the Board’s selection of the HEIs as the focus industry for the PBP advisory issuance. 

“If our counterpart in the private sector has something to look forward to, then, it will make it easier for the CHED to advocate its mandate particularly on quality and excellence,” Pascua said.

          Having been approved by Commission, the Board shall soon publish its advisory and, thereafter, conduct a series of orientations and trainings to guide HEIs in adopting productivity based incentive schemes.

Posted: August 27, 2014

 

 


RTWPB-IX holds special board meeting for wage advisory

By: Phyllis G. dela Rosa

         The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board IX recently held a special board meeting to discuss the comments of the Commission on its advisory for the sardines canning industry.  Upon invitation of the Board, Ms. Iza M. Anchustegui and Mr. Henry M. Kakazu from the NWPC attended the meeting.

         The board clarified that the non-inclusion of a percentage range of productivity based pay increases is to allow workers and management some flexibility in determining such amount.  

         On the other hand, Ms. Anchustegui discussed the Commission’s recommendation to include statistics on performance, percentage range of increase, and provide illustrative samples of existing productive-incentive schemes in the sardines canning industry.  She added that a percentage range of increase will serve as guide or baseline data for establishments in granting productivity incentives to the employees.

         After several exchanges of views, the Board agreed to develop sample PIPs which will form part of the technical annexes of the advisory. A TWG composed of representatives from DOLE, NEDA, and PSA was formed for this purpose.

Posted: August 27, 2014

 

 


RTWPB I issues Advisory for the Tourism Industry

By: Henry Kakazu

         The Wage Advisory of RTWPB I entitled Advisory on the Implementation of Productivity-Based Incentive Scheme for the Hotel, Resort, and Restaurant Industry in Region, was approved by the NWPC on August 5, 2014.

         The advisory contains industry micro and macro analysis, growth prospects for hotels, resorts and restaurants in Region 1 and guidelines in implementing productivity improvement programs and gainsharing schemes within the industry.

         To encourage the use of the advisory, the RTWPB-I will be conducting advocacy activities and region-wide series of training on Service Quality, ISTIV work values, 5S of Good Housekeeping, and Green Productivity, also known as the NWPCS Productivity toolbox.

         The issuance of wage advisories for priority industries is part of the commitment of the NWPC and RTWPB’s in order to effectively implement the Two-Tiered Wage System, which aims to tighten the link between pay and performance, for wages above the minimum wage.

Posted: August 27, 2014

 

New Minimum Wage Set in Davao Region

          Starting June 1, 2014, the new minimum wage in Region XI will be P312.00 per day for workers in non-agriculture and in retail/service enterprises employing more than 10 workers.   In agriculture, the new minimum wage will be P302.00 per day and in retail/service establishments employing not more than 10 workers, P281.00 per day.

          Wage Order No. RB XI- 18, issued May 7, 2014 provides for an P11.00 per day basic pay increase and a P15.00 COLA integration. Further, minimum wage earners will receive an additional P5.00 COLA per day effective December 1, 2014.   The Wage Order does not allow exemption from the payment of minimum wages.

          “The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board - Region XI unanimously decided to grant the new wage adjustments in line with the full implementation of the two-tiered wage system (TTWS) by raising the lowest statutory wage rate in the Region to a level above the poverty threshold”, said Director Joffrey Suyao, Board Chairman of RTWPB-XI.  


Wage Order No. RB XI-18 was published on May 17, 2014 at the Sunstar Davao.

 

Posted: August 6, 2014

Labor Day Celebration Salutes Filipino Workers

          “Sa araw na ito, nagpupugay tayo sa kanilang sipag, tiyaga, at dedikasyon hindi lamang bilang manggagawa, kundi bilang mamamayang Pilipino --- matatag, mapagpunyagi, at tunay na maasahan.” This was the core message of Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz for this year’s Labor Day Celebration.
           
          As in the previous celebrations, the DOLE organized job fairs to facilitate and speed up the search process job seekers.  In the National Capital Region, 17 job fairs were conducted; the biggest of which was held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
           
          May 1 also marked the effectivity of Wage Order IVA-16, providing for a P12.00 per day (basic pay) increase, to be given in tranches from May 2014 to December 2016 to minimum wage earners receiving less than P267 per day.  Meanwhile, a   P13.00 socioeconomic allowance (SEA) per day shall be given to  minimum wage earners receiving more than P267 up to P349.50.   This brings the range of minimum wages in non-agriculture to P261 to P362.50.
           
The Wage Order does not allow exemption.

 

Posted: August 6, 2014

Workers’ Welfare & Social Protection Cluster holds first 2014 meeting

          The WWSP cluster headed by Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III convened the cluster’s 2014 initial meeting in Tagaytay last May 12-13.  Purpose of the meeting was to assess the first quarter cluster performance and to formulate catch up plans to respond to gaps in program implementation.

          On the part of the  NWPC, catch up plans were developed for the following programs: (i) issuance of guidelines for setting minimum wages for domestic workers and advisory on competency based pay schemes  (ii)  issuance of advisories and documentation and assessment of its implementation and (Iii) development and deployment of productivity training modules for DOLE livelihood beneficiaries.

 

Posted: August 6, 2014

NWPC participates in the social audit by Verite Southeast Asia

          Mr. David Errington of  Verite South East Asia visited the DOLE last May 6 to interview concerned DOLE agencies in line with their Emerging Markets Research Project on Labor Conditions in the Philippines by the New York City Employees’ Retirement System (NYCERS).

           A regular activity of Verite, the social audit focused on freedom of association and collective bargaining, child labor, forced labor and equality/discrimination, health and safety, wages and hours of work.  The DOLE team headed by Undersecretary Rebecca C. Chato was composed of the heads of the following agencies: BLR, BWC, BWSC, ILAB and NWPC.

           On gender pay gap, Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy explained that the average wages of women have surpassed those of  men beginning 2010. She added that across major industry group, this trend was noted in fishing, mining and quarrying, manufacturing, electricity, gas and steam and airconditioning supply and construction.  By major occupation group, the same pattern was evident among farmers/forestry workers and fishermen and officials of government and special interest organizations, corporate executives, managers, managing proprietors and supervisors.

 

Posted: August 6, 2014

The Minimum Wage issue on GNN’s General Assignment

          Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy and DED Patricia P. Hornilla guested on GNN’s General Assignment last May 14 to discuss the minimum wage policy, its implementation and related labor market issues.  The show, hosted by Mrs. Miguel Gil also invited TUCP’s Spokesperson Mr. Alan A. Tanjusay to clarify the labor sector’s position on the wage issue.

         Directors Sy and Hornilla discussed the policy goal, mechanisms and procedures of minimum wage setting as well as the implementation of the two-tiered wage system.  On the issue of across-the-board wage petitions, Mr. Tanjusay explained the bases for their petitions particularly their plans to file a petition for a P135 daily wage increase in NCR.

 

Posted: August 6, 2014

RB CARAGA conducts Wage Clinics

           In preparation for the anniversary of Wage Order No. 12 on May 21, 2014, RTWPB - CARAGA Chairperson  Atty. Johnson G. Cañete initiated a series of wage clinics in the four provinces of the region from April 10 to 29, 2014.

           Dir. Cañete emphasized the importance of attending wage clinics in terms of keeping abreast with developments in the implementation of wage and wage-related policies. 

           Resource persons from the Regional Board discussed the following topics:  1)  2015 ASEAN Integration; 2) Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Law d; 3) Labor Law Compliance System; and 4) Two-Tiered Wage System and Productivity by RTWPB-CARAGA.    The open forum after the presentations allowed the participants to seek clarification of issues related to the topics discussed.

           The Regional Board took advantage of the presence of more than 150 firms  by conducting a survey on the participants’ view of the region’s business outlook,  knowledge of productivity concepts, wages and labor laws.   The survey results will serve as inputs towards strengthening its advocacy initiatives for the programs of the DOLE.

Posted: August 6, 2014

Region XII conducts Public Consultation on TTWS and Wage Issues

           A public consultation focusing on the Two-Tiered Wage System and the attendant wage issues was conducted by RTWPB-12 on 28 April 2014 in Phela Grande Hotel, General Santos City for some 130 participants from labor and management sectors.

           NEDA-XII Regional Director Arturo G. Valero presented the region’s socio-economic situation while Ms. Mary Ann Morales of DTI-XII reported on the trend in prices of basic commodities for the  1st quarter of 2014.  Updates on the supply and price of agricultural commodities for  the 1st quarters of 2013-2014 were presented by  Mr. Vicente Villareal of BAS-XII.  RTWPB Board Secretary Jessie dela Cruz, meantime, discussed the policy and implementation strategy for the TTWS.  Chairperson Ofelia B. Domingo gave an overview of the consultation and discussed the possible impact of 2015 ASEAN Economic Community Integration.

The Board issued its Wage Order on April 18, 2012.

Posted: August 6, 2014

HRD Convergence program for the sugar industry

           The BWSC created a DOLE Technical Working Group composed of  BWC,  BLE  and attached agencies TESDA, OSHC, NWPC, PRC  and ILS to develop a Human Resource Development (HRD)  Master Plan in the Sugarcane Industry under DOLE’s HRD Convergence Program.   The plan should define interventions for human resource development such as capacity building, skills training and strengthening of institutions to enhance the industry’s workforce to actively contribute to the industry’s growth.

           On the part of the NWPC, its representative Ms. Elvira Prudencio apprised the group of the existing productivity training programs which can be readily deployed to workers in the sugarcane industry.  She added that RTWPB-VI will be issuing an advisory on the adoption of productivity based pay schemes for workers in the sugarcane industry, recognizing its contribution to the region’s economic output, income and employment.

Posted: August 6, 2014

Crafting of Wage Advisory of RTWPB-I

           The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Ilocos (RTWPB-I) is currently crafting its advisory on productivity incentive schemes for the tourism industry in accordance with the two-tiered wage system, with assistance from the NWPC.  

            In a meeting held for the purpose, the NWPC discussed the framework, content and the procedures for crafting the advisory.   A major concern that surfaced is the unavailability of region and industry-specific data, particularly for the hotel industry.  RTWPB Chairperson Grace Ursua recommended to consult the Hotel- ITC as source of statistical data and other relevant information as inputs to the advisory.

           DTI Regional Director Florante O. Leal raised the importance of creating labor management committees (LMCs) at the workplace as the mechanism for developing and implementing productivity-based pay schemes.  Labor Rep. Eliseo P. Flora supported this view and emphasized that the committee should be able to clarify the design of the incentive scheme which, in turn, should be properly communicated to the workers to avoid disputes.

Posted: August 6, 2014

Implementation of Productivity-Based Incentive Schemes for the Banana Industry in Davao Region

            Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-XI is encouraging companies in the banana industry in Davao Region to adopt Advisory No. RB XI-01 to enhance efficiency and promote greater productivity of its employees.

            The Advisory on the Implementation of Productivity-Based Incentive Schemes for the Banana Industry aims to guide enterprises in the industry on a range of productivity incentives, which may be the basis for employer initiatives and enterprise negotiations.  The Advisory focuses on the Cavendish Banana Industry, being a priority industry, a top exporter and contributor to the economic output of Davao Region. 

            Advisory No. RB XI-01 recommends a 1% increase in productivity based incentives considering that there has been an average 0.80% increase in demand for Cavendish bananas over the past five years, with prospects of new markets for the industry based on data from the Plant Quarantine Service of the Bureau of Plant Industry, Department of Agriculture.

            Accordingly, the application of the Advisory is voluntary and at the firm level. However, once agreement is reached on the grant of productivity incentives, it becomes mandatory for management to pay the same in the manner, amount and frequency agreed upon. 

The Advisory was published last March 19, 2014 in Sun Star Davao.

 

Posted: August 6, 2014

NWPC prepares Productivity Enhancement Program for DOLE Livelihood Beneficiaries

“Our mission is to help livelihood activites transform from informal to formal.”  Quoting Secretary Baldoz’ earlier instructions, this was the gist of the message of Executive Director Maria R. Criselda to the participants of the workshop on the productivity training modules for DOLE livelihood beneficiaries held at the NWPC Conference Room on 28 April 2014.

            As a background, DED Patricia P. Hornilla said the development and deployment of a productivity training module for DOLE livelihood beneficiaries is the NWPC’s commitment under  project “Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda” (RAY).  Project RAY is a strategic plan on the recovery and reconstruction of the provinces affected by typhoon Yolanda.  Towards this end, the DOLE, DOST, DA and DTI entered into a  Memorandum of Agreement committing to jointly assist affected workers and communities through the provision of technology-driven and resource-based livelihood interventions.

            Ms. Amelia C. Kakazu and Ms. Lourdes M. Secillano  presented the training modules covering basic productivity concepts, 5S of Good Housekeeping, Stock Control, and Bookkeeping.     Among the feedback given by the participants were the need to laymanize further the language used; simplification of modules; include more visuals in the presentation materials and; use of illustrations that are based on the situation and experiences of livelihood  beneficiaries.  

            In closing, DED Jeanette T. Damo said the selected NWPC productivity specialists will be called upon to augment the training pool to immediately respond to requests from DOLE livelihood beneficiaries.

Posted: August 6, 2014

RTWPB-XI beefs up into campaign on new wage order

By: Arlene Tuboro

            The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-XI (RTWPB-XI) embarked on an intensive info dissemination of the new wage increase under Wage Order No. RB XI-18 at the Kalayaan Job Fair on June 12, 2014 at the NCCC Mall, Matina, Davao City.  The Kalayaan Job Fair was conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment–XI in collaboration with NCCC Mall and ABS-CBN Davao.  

        To increase awareness on the new minimum wage rates, the Regional Board distributed copies of the new Wage Order and other information education materials on wages to the participating employers and jobseekers during the job fair.

        Wage Order No. RB XI-18 which took effect on June 1, 2014, mandated an increase in the basic wage of P11.00 per day and integration to the basic wage of the P15.00 Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) under Wage Order No. RB XI-17. A new COLA of P5.00 per day will be granted effective December 1, 2014.

Posted: August 1, 2014

 

NWPC commemorates 2014 Philippine Independence Day

By: Jerome P. Lucas

            NWPC participated in the celebration of 116th Philippine Independence Day with the theme “Pagsunod sa Yapak ng mga Dakilang Pilipino, Tungo sa Malawakan at Permanenteng Trabaho” held at Rizal Park, Manila on June 12, 2014.

        The traditional flag-raising and wreath laying ceremonies were held at the Rizal monument followed by activities such as Kalayaan booksale, diskwento caravan, free medical and dental services.           

          As its contribution to the celebration, the DOLE conducted a Kalayaan 2014 Job Fair participated by 103 local employers and 21 overseas licensed employment agencies held at the Southdrive of Rizal Park where a total of 579 were hired on site and 1,952 near hires who were required to submit necessary documents for their employment.

Posted: August 1, 2014

 

New DOLE Senior Officials take oath

By: Jerome P. Lucas

        Last 21 June 2014, Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz administered the oath taking of the new senior officials of the Department.
       
        Former Labor Attache to Taipei Reydeluz D. Conferido was appointed as the new Undersecretary for Employment Facilitation and Manpower Development cluster.
       
        Former Assistant Secretary Rebecca J. Calzado was sworn in as the new OWWA Administrator.
       
        Regional Director IV Sisinio B. Cano of Region IX together with NWPC Deputy Exec. Dir. Jeanette T. Damo and ILS Dep. Exec. Dir. Grace L. Riguer also took their oath, respectively.

        The new members representing Employers and Workers Sector of RTWPBs also took their oath namely: RTWPB-CAR Employers Representative Juan Johnny R. dela Cruz; RTWPB-CAR Employers Representative Alfonso T. Lao; RTWPB-CAR Workers Representative Renerio C. Lardizabal Jr.; RTWPB-RO 3 Workers Representative Raul C. Remodo; RTWPB-RO 4-B Employers Representative Osias C. Navarro; RTWPB-RO 11 Employers Representative Rulfo V. Asis; and RTWPB-RO 11 Employers Representative Bienvenido D. Cariaga.

Posted: August 1, 2014

 

RTWPB-NCR conducts "Green Productivity and 5S of Good House Keeping" training-workshops for DOLE-NCR

By: Board Secretary Aida T. Andres

            More than 100 employees composed mostly of newly hired Labor Law Compliance Officers (LLCOs) and project based employees of DOLE NCR attended the training on Green Productivity and 5S of Good Housekeeping.
                       
            The training-workshop is in line with the Regional Office’s efforts towards ISO certification. The training primarily aims to create a more comfortable and productive workplace; maintain a clean, safe and orderly surroundings; and implement waste management and other green initiatives.

          The challenge for the NCR board is to “Clean and Green” the regional office by taking training and monitoring and documenting the improvements.  The Board also aims to showcase the best practices in the implementation of the program.

Posted: August 1, 2014

 

NWPC participates in Congress, Senate deliberations

By: Meropil Apple A. Mandia

            The NWPC participated in the deliberation of Senate Bill No. 2193 otherwise known as “An Act Strengthening the Productivity Incentives of 2009” in Senate and Go Negosyo Bills and Barangay, Micro Business Enterprises (BMBE) Measures in Congress last May 21 and 27, respectively.
           
            The Commission supports the goals of the Go Negosyo Bills to support the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises.  However, in its position paper submitted to Congress, the NWPC further proposed the inclusion of DOLE as part of the MSMED Council considering its vital role in the development of MSMEs which compromise the 61% of the total
establishments in the country.

            Relative to the provision in the bills exempting microenterprises from minimum wage coverage, the NWPC proposes to either (i) put a ceiling or cap  on the number of times that a microenterprise may be issued a Certificate of Authority (which entitles a microenterprise to incentives including exemption from minimum wages) or (ii) limit the period within which a microenterprise may be exempted from payment of the minimum wage. Further, the NWPC proposed to include a statement that workers in microenterprises shall be entitled to all mandatory wage-related benefits.

Posted: August 1, 2014

 

RTWPB-V conducts marathon training

By: Board Secretary Aurora Prades

            ISTIV Bayanihan, Service Quality, and 5S conducted by RTWPB-V at the regional board’s training room in Legazpi City last May 15-22, 2014.

           At the end of the program, participants were made to prepare action plans/productivity improvements programs, which shall be monitored and evaluated by the Regional Boards. Most of the PIPs were improvements in marketing management, housekeeping and service delivery.

Posted: August 1, 2014

 

Development Academy of the Philippines clarifies its proposed agenda to the NWPC Productivity Committee

By: Rosemarie P. Villaplaza

            Representatives of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) met the officials of NWPC to discuss DAP’s proposed agenda to the NWPC Productivity Committee last 22 May 2014.
           
            Mr. Carlos A. Sayco, Jr., Vice President for International Relations, Innovation and Strategic Partnership, explained the intention of DAP’s proposed agenda particularly on the framework and methodology for estimating labor productivity (LP), database on LP for specific industry groups, promotion of Labor Management Cooperation (LMC) for productivity and competitiveness and review of labor laws and related policies that impact on LP.
           
            He also advised NWPC to explore studies on Total Factor Productivity (TFP) and LP authored by Dr. Cesar B. Cororaton and Dr. Gilberto M. Llanto of the PIDS, respectively. He added that NWPC could also seek the assistance of Asian Productivity Organization (APO) through DAP relative to its undertakings.
           
            Prior to this, the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) submitted its proposed agenda to the NWPC Productivity Committee which were the review of Productivity Incentives Act, implementation  of the productivity-based pay of two-tiered wage system, review of Productivity Olympics, and upgrading of the NWPC productivity training modules.

            Similarly, the Federation of Free Workers (FFW) proposed the following priority agenda: 1) relationship between productivity and absenteeism, tardiness, and occupational health and safety, 2) relationship between productivity and work habits and skills, 3) relationship between productivity and precarious employment arrangement, 4) comparative study of productivity agreements as practiced in other countries, and 5) relationship between high performance working practices (HPWP) and high performance working organization (HPWO).

Posted: August 1, 2014

 

PH dropped four notches in World Competitiveness Ranking

By: Maria Corazon P. Caritativo and Rosemarie P. Villaplaza

            The Philippines’ ranking dropped four (4) notches from 38th in 2013 to 42nd in 2014 out of 60 countries in the latest World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY), a Switzerland-based global business school International Institute of Management Development (IMD) released last 23 May 2014. Among the Asia-Pacific countries, the Philippines dropped to 12th this year from 11th last year.
           
            The WCY measures a country’s competitiveness using four broad factors: economic efficiency, government efficiency, business efficiency, and infrastructure.
           
            Among others, the country’s ranking for business efficiency went down eight (8) notches from 19th in 2012 to 27th in 2013 due to the decline in the productivity and efficiency sub-factor by one notch ranking,  in the finance sub-factor by 11 notches, labor market sub-factor by 4 notches.
           
            The country’s ranking also slipped in the area of economic efficiency by six  (6) notches (31st to 37th) due to the decline in international trade sub-factor by 10 notches and prices sub-factor by 23  notches.
           
            Government efficiency ranking also declined from 31st in 2013 to 40th in 2014 due largely to the decline in societal framework sub factor and in institutional framework.
           
            The Infrastructure sub-factor slipped two (2) notches this year, consistently making it the lowest-ranking factor for the country.
           
            Based on the WCY report, the major challenges for the Philippines are: infrastructure, corruption, unemployment and underemployment, underdeveloped financial system, and natural disasters. 

Posted: August 1, 2014

 

ED Sy participates in 103rd Session of the International Labour Conference

By: Jerome P. Lucas

           Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy joined the worker, employer, and government delegates in the 103rd International Labour Conference - the International Labour Organization’s highest decision making body - to discuss labour migration, employment strategies, ways out of informality and strengthening ILO Convention 29 on force labour in Geneva, Switzerland last 27May to 12 June 2014.

          Secretary Baldoz served as the Philippine government’s minister in the conference while Undersecretary Rebecca C. Chato headed the delegation composed of Executive Director Sy, NCMB Executive Director Reynaldo R. Ubaldo, NCR Regional Director Alex V. Avila, Legal Service OIC-Director Romeo B. Montefalco, Jr. and ILAB OIC-Dir. Saul De Vries.

           In her statement, Secretary Baldoz highlighted fair migration as one of the significant agenda of the conference.  According to her, the Philippines is one of the few countries that ratified  the  UN Convention on the Rights of Migrants  and their Families.

           “The  UN Committee on Migrant Workers recently affirmed  our role as a model  in migration management with commitment  to protect migrant workers’ rights , demonstrated by a strong legal, social, and institutional framework, broad domestic and foreign policy agenda, and leading role  in advancing  migrant workers’ rights at the international, regional,  and bilateral levels,” the  Secretary said during the  morning plenary sitting of the Conference.

          The tripartite constituents of the 2014 Conference critically reviewed actions taken by the member states and ILO in assessing the effectiveness of responses and the options for the future of labor markets.

          ED Sy was tasked to sit in the Technical Committee on Transitioning Informal to Formal Economy. The issue is a significant agenda in developed and developing countries, constitute 40 to 80% of its labor force. Since this item has been subjected under the double discussion procedure, it will again be taken up during the 104th Conference in 2015.

          The Committee members agreed on adopting a framework establishing the framework for facilitating the transition to formal economy with the following purposes: 1) to reduce decent work deficits; 2) to reduce unfair competition between enterprises; and 3) to protect revenue to build national social protection floors.

          To effectively facilitate the transition, ED Sy believes that the adoption of policy-based approach should be applied considering the fact that in most cases, informality is an “issue of governance.” That is through establishing legal and regulatory framework, stable macroeconomic environment, and the provision of incentives for the informal enterprises.

          As part of the DOLE’s commitment to pursue the global initiative in the transition of informal to informal economy, the following recommendations may be undertaken: 1) simplifying/reviewing the processes for availing livelihood and training programs; and 2) facilitating the easy access of livelihood beneficiaries and MSMEs to available DOLE training and capacity-building programs including convergence programs.

          The ILC also discussed the Force Labour Convention (No. 29) considering many people in the world are forced to do work or service against their will.  The Convention has been ratified by 170 states and obliges governments to “suppress the use of forced or compulsory labour in all its forms within the shortest possible period.”

           The ILC is held every June and participated by 185 ILO member states.  

Posted: July 21, 2014

 

RTWPB XII approves wage increase

By: Jerome P. Lucas

          
          The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board issued on 04 June 2014 Wage Order No. RB XII-18 which granted a P5.00 hike in the region’s minimum wage. The new minimum wage rates shall apply to all minimum wage earners in the region regardless of position, designation or status, and irrespective of the method by which their wages are paid.

            Upon effectivity of the wage order, the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) under the previous wage order shall be integrated into the basic wage. On 01 January 2015, minimum wage earners will receive the additional P5.00 COLA.

            The new wage order reduced the number of minimum wage levels in the region from five to three, bringing the minimum wage for the non-agriculture to P275.00 while workers in agriculture and retail/service establishments will receive P257.00 and P255.00 respectively.

Exempted from the applicability of the wage order are: 1) establishments with total assets with not more than P3M, and which establishments are not registered as Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBEs); 2) distressed establishments; and 3) establishments adversely affected by calamities such as natural and human-induced disasters.

            The wage order will take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication.  

Posted: July 10, 2014

 

 

New Minimum Wage Set in Davao Region

      Starting June 1, 2014, the new minimum wage in Region XI will be P312.00 per day for workers in non-agriculture and in retail/service enterprises employing more than 10 workers.   In agriculture, the new minimum wage will be P302.00 per day and in retail/service establishments employing not more than 10 workers, P281.00 per day.

      Wage Order No. RB XI- 18, issued May 7, 2014 provides for an P11.00 per day basic pay increase and a P15.00 COLA integration. Further, minimum wage earners will receive an additional P5.00 COLA per day effective December 1, 2014.   The Wage Order does not allow exemption from the payment of minimum wages.

      “The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board - Region XI unanimously decided to grant the new wage adjustments in line with the full implementation of the two-tiered wage system (TTWS) by raising the lowest statutory wage rate in the Region to a level above the poverty threshold”, said Director Joffrey Suyao, Board Chairman of RTWPB-XI.  

Wage Order No. RB XI-18 was published on May 17, 2014 at the Sunstar Davao.

Posted: June 11, 2014

 

Labor Day Celebration Salutes Filipino Workers

      “Sa araw na ito, nagpupugay tayo sa kanilang sipag, tiyaga, at dedikasyon hindi lamang bilang manggagawa, kundi bilang mamamayang Pilipino --- matatag, mapagpunyagi, at tunay na maasahan.” This was the core message of Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz for this year’s Labor Day Celebration.
           
      As in the previous celebrations, the DOLE organized job fairs to facilitate and speed up the search process job seekers.  In the National Capital Region, 17 job fairs were conducted; the biggest of which was held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
           
      May 1 also marked the effectivity of Wage Order IVA-16, providing for a P12.00 per day (basic pay) increase, to be given in tranches from May 2014 to December 2016 to minimum wage earners receiving less than P267 per day.  Meanwhile, a   P13.00 socioeconomic allowance (SEA) per day shall be given to  minimum wage earners receiving more than P267 up to P349.50.   This brings the range of minimum wages in non-agriculture to P261 to P362.50.
           

The Wage Order does not allow exemption.

Posted: June 11, 2014

 

Workers’ Welfare & Social Protection Cluster holds first 2014 meeting

      The WWSP cluster headed by Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III convened the cluster’s 2014 initial meeting in Tagaytay last May 12-13.  Purpose of the meeting was to assess the first quarter cluster performance and to formulate catch up plans to respond to gaps in program implementation.

      On the part of the  NWPC, catch up plans were developed for the following programs: (i) issuance of guidelines for setting minimum wages for domestic workers and advisory on competency based pay schemes  (ii)  issuance of advisories and documentation and assessment of its implementation and (Iii) development and deployment of productivity training modules for DOLE livelihood beneficiaries.

Posted: June 11, 2014

NWPC participates in the social audit by Verite Southeast Asia

      Mr. David Errington of  Verite South East Asia visited the DOLE last May 6 to interview concerned DOLE agencies in line with their Emerging Markets Research Project on Labor Conditions in the Philippines by the New York City Employees’ Retirement System (NYCERS).
A regular activity of Verite, the social audit focused on freedom of association and collective bargaining, child labor, forced labor and equality/discrimination, health and safety, wages and hours of work.  The DOLE team headed by Undersecretary Rebecca C. Chato was composed of the heads of the following agencies: BLR, BWC, BWSC, ILAB and NWPC.

      On gender pay gap, Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy explained that the average wages of women have surpassed those of  men beginning 2010. She added that across major industry group, this trend was noted in fishing, mining and quarrying, manufacturing, electricity, gas and steam and airconditioning supply and construction.  By major occupation group, the same pattern was evident among farmers/forestry workers and fishermen and officials of government and special interest organizations, corporate executives, managers, managing proprietors and supervisors.

Posted: June 11, 2014

The Minimum Wage issue on GNN’s General Assignment

      Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy and DED Patricia P. Hornilla guested on GNN’s General Assignment last May 14 to discuss the minimum wage policy, its implementation and related labor market issues.  The show, hosted by Mrs. Miguel Gil also invited TUCP’s Spokesperson Mr. Alan A. Tanjusay to clarify the labor sector’s position on the wage issue.

      Directors Sy and Hornilla discussed the policy goal, mechanisms and procedures of minimum wage setting as well as the implementation of the two-tiered wage system.  On the issue of across-the-board wage petitions, Mr. Tanjusay explained the bases for their petitions particularly their plans to file a petition for a P135 daily wage increase in NCR.

Posted: June 11, 2014

RB CARAGA conducts Wage Clinics

      In preparation for the anniversary of Wage Order No. 12 on May 21, 2014, RTWPB - CARAGA Chairperson  Atty. Johnson G. Cañete initiated a series of wage clinics in the four provinces of the region from April 10 to 29, 2014.
Dir. Cañete emphasized the importance of attending wage clinics in terms of keeping abreast with developments in the implementation of wage and wage-related policies. 

      Resource persons from the Regional Board discussed the following topics:  1)  2015 ASEAN Integration; 2) Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Law d; 3) Labor Law Compliance System; and 4) Two-Tiered Wage System and Productivity by RTWPB-CARAGA.    The open forum after the presentations allowed the participants to seek clarification of issues related to the topics discussed.

      The Regional Board took advantage of the presence of more than 150 firms  by conducting a survey on the participants’ view of the region’s business outlook,  knowledge of productivity concepts, wages and labor laws.   The survey results will serve as inputs towards strengthening its advocacy initiatives for the programs of the DOLE.

Posted: June 11, 2014

Region XII conducts Public Consultation on TTWS and Wage Issues

      A public consultation focusing on the Two-Tiered Wage System and the attendant wage issues was conducted by RTWPB-12 on 28 April 2014 in Phela Grande Hotel, General Santos City for some 130 participants from labor and management sectors.

      NEDA-XII Regional Director Arturo G. Valero presented the region’s socio-economic situation while Ms. Mary Ann Morales of DTI-XII reported on the trend in prices of basic commodities for the  1st quarter of 2014.  Updates on the supply and price of agricultural commodities for  the 1st quarters of 2013-2014 were presented by  Mr. Vicente Villareal of BAS-XII.  RTWPB Board Secretary Jessie dela Cruz, meantime, discussed the policy and implementation strategy for the TTWS.  Chairperson Ofelia B. Domingo gave an overview of the consultation and discussed the possible impact of 2015 ASEAN Economic Community Integration.

The Board issued its Wage Order on April 18, 2012.

Posted: June 11, 2014

HRD Convergence program for the sugar industry

      The BWSC created a DOLE Technical Working Group composed of  BWC,  BLE  and attached agencies TESDA, OSHC, NWPC, PRC  and ILS to develop a Human Resource Development (HRD)  Master Plan in the Sugarcane Industry under DOLE’s HRD Convergence Program.   The plan should define interventions for human resource development such as capacity building, skills training and strengthening of institutions to enhance the industry’s workforce to actively contribute to the industry’s growth.

      On the part of the NWPC, its representative Ms. Elvira Prudencio apprised the group of the existing productivity training programs which can be readily deployed to workers in the sugarcane industry.  She added that RTWPB-VI will be issuing an advisory on the adoption of productivity based pay schemes for workers in the sugarcane industry, recognizing its contribution to the region’s economic output, income and employment.

Posted: June 11, 2014

Crafting of Wage Advisory of RTWPB-I

      The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Ilocos (RTWPB-I) is currently crafting its advisory on productivity incentive schemes for the tourism industry in accordance with the two-tiered wage system, with assistance from the NWPC.  

      In a meeting held for the purpose, the NWPC discussed the framework, content and the procedures for crafting the advisory.   A major concern that surfaced is the unavailability of region and industry-specific data, particularly for the hotel industry.  RTWPB Chairperson Grace Ursua recommended to consult the Hotel- ITC as source of statistical data and other relevant information as inputs to the advisory.

      DTI Regional Director Florante O. Leal raised the importance of creating labor management committees (LMCs) at the workplace as the mechanism for developing and implementing productivity-based pay schemes.  Labor Rep. Eliseo P. Flora supported this view and emphasized that the committee should be able to clarify the design of the incentive scheme which, in turn, should be properly communicated to the workers to avoid disputes.

Posted: June 11, 2014

 

Implementation of Productivity-Based Incentive Schemes for the
Banana Industry in Davao Region

      Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-XI is encouraging companies in the banana industry in Davao Region to adopt Advisory No. RB XI-01 to enhance efficiency and promote greater productivity of its employees.

      The Advisory on the Implementation of Productivity-Based Incentive Schemes for the Banana Industry aims to guide enterprises in the industry on a range of productivity incentives, which may be the basis for employer initiatives and enterprise negotiations.  The Advisory focuses on the Cavendish Banana Industry, being a priority industry, a top exporter and contributor to the economic output of Davao Region. 

      Advisory No. RB XI-01 recommends a 1% increase in productivity based incentives considering that there has been an average 0.80% increase in demand for Cavendish bananas over the past five years, with prospects of new markets for the industry based on data from the Plant Quarantine Service of the Bureau of Plant Industry, Department of Agriculture.

      Accordingly, the application of the Advisory is voluntary and at the firm level. However, once agreement is reached on the grant of productivity incentives, it becomes mandatory for management to pay the same in the manner, amount and frequency agreed upon. 

The Advisory was published last March 19, 2014 in Sun Star Davao.

Posted: June 11, 2014

NWPC prepares Productivity Enhancement Program for DOLE Livelihood Beneficiaries

      “Our mission is to help livelihood activites transform from informal to formal.”  Quoting Secretary Baldoz’ earlier instructions, this was the gist of the message of Executive Director Maria R. Criselda to the participants of the workshop on the productivity training modules for DOLE livelihood beneficiaries held at the NWPC Conference Room on 28 April 2014.

      As a background, DED Patricia P. Hornilla said the development and deployment of a productivity training module for DOLE livelihood beneficiaries is the NWPC’s commitment under  project “Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda” (RAY).  Project RAY is a strategic plan on the recovery and reconstruction of the provinces affected by typhoon Yolanda.  Towards this end, the DOLE, DOST, DA and DTI entered into a  Memorandum of Agreement committing to jointly assist affected workers and communities through the provision of technology-driven and resource-based livelihood interventions.  

      Ms. Amelia C. Kakazu and Ms. Lourdes M. Secillano  presented the training modules covering basic productivity concepts, 5S of Good Housekeeping, Stock Control, and Bookkeeping.     Among the feedback given by the participants were the need to laymanize further the language used; simplification of modules; include more visuals in the presentation materials and; use of illustrations that are based on the situation and experiences of livelihood  beneficiaries.  

      In closing, DED Jeanette T. Damo said the selected NWPC productivity specialists will be called upon to augment the training pool to immediately respond to requests from DOLE livelihood beneficiaries.

Posted: June 11, 2014