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Singapore’s Innovation Experts visit PH for the Official Program Review

Representatives of Singapore’s Temasek Foundation (TF) and Nanyang Polytechnic International (NYPi) visited the Philippines for the Official Program Review (OPR) last November 23-27, 2015.  The OPR was participated by selected participants to the training on Productivity, Innovation and Enterprise Development in Singapore.  It served as forum for the exchange of learnings and sharing of best practices in the application of productivity and innovation to demonstration projects. 

In 2015, the NWPC sent 30 participants representing the government, employers’ groups, labor organizations, and academe to the Training on Productivity, Innovation, and Enterprise Development (PIE) during the first quarter of the year. The program aimed to create a bigger circle of productivity champions who will collectively endeavor and assist MSMEs improve their business through productivity and innovation.

During the OPR, experts and officials from the TF and NYPi conducted site visits to selected projects in Regions III and IVA. They visited the DOLE, DOST, and other private organizations.

The TF and NYPi team also sought audience with Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz where they shared their insights and views of how the participants applied their learnings through various productivity and innovation projects.  The Secretary, for her part, expressed gratitude for the training collaboration.  She also instructed the NWPC to continuously monitor these projects to ensure sustainability.

Posted: February 2, 2016

NWPC, recommended to be ISO 9001:2015 certified

The NWPC and its Regional Boards  in NCR, III, and IVA were recommended to be ISO 9001:2015 certified, having passed the certification audit done by TÜV Rheinland AG last December 3-4, 2015. If considered, the NWPC will be the first organization to be certified under the latest version of ISO.

“I am pleased that the NWPC has successfully established a quality management system that will deliver quality policies and programs on wage, income and productivity as well as compliance to all applicable legal requirements, pursues continuous improvement of systems, processes, and the competencies of our talents,” said Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy.  She also thanked the officers and staff, especially the QMS committees, for their determination to achieve the ISO certification.

The NWPC took the challenge of being the first agency to be ISO 9001:2015 certified, with Rosehall Management Consultants Inc. (RMCI) providing capacity building and technical assistance until the first stage certification audit.   The NWPC and concerned Boards went through its first internal pre-certification audit last November 2-3, and an external pre-certification audit last November 9-10 in preparation for the certification audit by TÜV Rheinland AG, NWPC’s certifying body.

Prior to this, Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz presented to President Benigno S. Aquino III the ISO Certification of the 33 DOLE services, bureaus, and attached agencies’ during the Opening Ceremonies of the 15th National PESO Congress last October 26, 2015.

Posted: February 2, 2016

Director Sy, recognized as Best Agency Head of the Cluster

Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy was awarded Best Director / Agency Head 2015 for the Employability of Workers and Competitiveness of Enterprises Enhanced (EWCEE) and Luzon Regional Operations Cluster last December 11, 2015.
Based on the agency’s 2014 accomplishments, the Commission nominated Director Sy for her integrity and managerial competence. Her nomination was endorsed by the DOLE PRAISE Committee to Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz.
Among her achievements in the Commission were the successful implementation of the two-tiered wage system, intensification of the Productivity Toolbox, training collaboration with Singapore’s Nanyang Polytechnic International and Temasek Foundation, and policy researches relative to wages, incomes, and productivity.

In 2015, Director Sy also led the NWPC in its journey to be the first government agency to be ISO 9001:2015 certified.

Posted: February 2, 2016

RTWPB II conducts series of activities in Batanes

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – II (RTWPB II) conducted simultaneous orientations on productivity enhancement, two-tiered wage system, LHP (labor-human relations and productivity) and Service Quality Training last October 27-29, 2015 in Batanes.

The orientation on productivity improvement conducted in Chavayan and Sabtang last October 27 was participated in by the Sabtang Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Association (SATODA) and Sabtang Weavers’ Association (SWA) represented by president Mr. Ronnie Ubalde and Ms. Rosalinda Homigop, respectively.

Meanwhile, the Board conducted an orientation on the two-tiered wage system last October 29 at Saint Dominic College (SDC).  The orientation intended to encourage the school’s management, its staff and faculty to adopt the recommendations of the Board’s advisory on productivity-based incentive scheme for higher education institution. The Board also provided technical assistance crafting SDC’s PBP scheme.

Meanwhile, the Board together with the DOLE Batanes Sub-    office conducted an LHP orientation for the construction industry in Basoc last October 27 and 29.  Twenty eight workers and management representatives of MRBII Construction and 44 employees and managers/supervisors of EM Cuerpo Construction participated in the training.

Meanwhile, the training on Service Quality (SQ) last October 29 at the Provincial Capitol Function Hall, was participated in by representatives from nine (9) hotels, restaurants and travel agencies in Batanes.

Posted: February 2, 2016

RTWPB X conducts orientation on Wage Order No. RX-18

RTWPB-X conducted a series of orientation on Wage Order No. RX-18 in Northern Mindanao. The new Wage Order granted a P12 peso increase, bringing the highest minimum wage to P318 for non-agricutural workers in the region.

            Wage clinics in five provinces were conducted:  August 22 in Bukidnon; September 18 in Lanao del Norte; September 24 in Camiguin; September 30 in Misamis Occidental; and on October 7, 2015 in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental.  

The wage clinics also discussed the TTWS, Batas Kasambahay or RA 10361 and Productivity Toolbox.

Posted: February 2, 2016

RTWPB-NCR awards Service Quality Seal of Recognition/
Certificate of Recognition to Tier 2 Implementors

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – National Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR) awarded 2 companies with the Service Quality Seal of Recognition and 9 companies with Certificates of Recognition as Tier 2 Implementors at the D Circle Hotel, Malate, Manila last November 13, 2015.

Board Chairperson Alex V. Avila underscored the significance of productivity improvement to both workers, enterprises and the economy as a whole.   Speaking in behalf of Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy, Deputy Executive Director Jeanette T. Damo emphasized the benefits of productivity improvement programs in raising the incomes of workers and enterprises. She also encouraged the participants to join in the NWPC’s social media initiative on #EngageMotivateAchieve.

The Service Quality Seal of Recognition was awarded to Best Western Hotel (La Corona) and Regent Travel Corporation. The two awardees also received Certificates of Recognition as Implementors of Productivity-Based Incentive Schemes.

Other recipients of the Certificates of Recognition for Tier 2 were Victoria Court- Gil Puyat, Victoria Court- Cuneta, Domestic Guest House Budget Hotel, Island Resort Club Tour Services, Inc., Oasis Paco Park Hotel, Sohotel, and Berjaya Makati Hotel.

In her closing remarks, Board Vice-Chairperson DTI Director Emma C. Asusano encouraged the awardees to pursue their productivity improvement programs. She also praised the outstanding accomplishments of the 2015 Productivity Olympics winners.

Posted: February 2, 2016

NWPC holds Christmas Party

The NWPC held its Christmas Party at the NWPC Conference Room last 18 December 2015, with Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III and NWPC Commissioner David Diwa as guests.

The employees participated in various parlor games and in the interdepartment dance competition.

Posted: February 2, 2016


2015 Productivity Olympics National Winners declared

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

The winners, by sector and category are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: October 22, 2015



Empowering Workers. Sustaining Enterprises

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Posted: October 12, 2015