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New workers' sectoral representative of RTWPB-IVA takes oath

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

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

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

Posted: August 26, 2015

Secretary Baldoz, ED Sy award PO Regional Winners

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

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

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

Posted: August 13, 2015


NWPC convenes 2015 PO’s NJP, NSC members

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

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

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

Posted: August 13, 2015



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

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

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

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

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

Posted: August 13, 2015


NWPC reports accomplishments during 2016 DOLE MYPA

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

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

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

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

Posted: August 13, 2015


NWPC/RTWPBs prepare to train MSMEs on innovation

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

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

Posted: August 13, 2015


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

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

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

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

Posted: August 13, 2015


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

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

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

Posted: August 13, 2015


NNC to NWPC employees: Check your nutrition, exercise

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

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

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

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

Posted: August 13, 2015


NWPC organizes health, stress management programs

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

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

Posted: August 13, 2015


NWPC organized 8 Learning Sessions for the first sem of 2015

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

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

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

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

Posted: August 13, 2015


Regional Boards declare Regional Productivity Olympics winners

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

In National Capital Region

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

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

In Central Visayas

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

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

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

In Northern Mindanao

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

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

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

Posted: August 13, 2015