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NWPC updates EDC on DOLE programs to support export industries

OIC-Executive Director Alex V. Avila apprised on July 22 the Export Development Council (EDC) on the status of DOLE programs and initiatives enrolled in the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2015-2017 during its meeting at the DTI-BOI Building Makati. These programs aim to support the growth requirements of the export sector and include the following which are being implemented consistently by concerned DOLE agencies: two-tiered wage system; productivity toolbox; human resource development plan roadmappping proejct; active labor market programs; JobStart; SPES; training for work scholarship program; and skills, training, assessment and certification.

The PEDP 2015-2017, approved through Memorandum Circular No. 91, aims to enable “domestic industries establish their niches in the regional and global markets and to raise the status of Philippine participation in the global value chain.” It outlines the following strategies to achieve said overarching objective:

  • Design comprehensive packages of support for selected sectors;
  • Remove unnecessary regulatory impediments to the movement of goods and delivery of services;
  • Raise the productivity and competitiveness of Philippine enterprises;
  • Upgrade the quality and standards of export;
  • Improve exporters’ access to trade and finance;
  • Exploit opportunities presented by regional and preferential trading arrangements to expand market access in existing tradingpartners, explore new ones, and develop new export;
  • Launch a well-coordinated, harmonized and sufficiently funded export and investment promotion campaign; and
  • Enhance the innovative capacity of the export sector through an efficient system of national innovation.

The DOLE programs respond to Strategies 1, 3 and 4 of the Plan.


Posted:  Sept. 8, 2016

CARAGA has new minimum wage

The NWPC approved on June 30 the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Wage Order No. RBXIII-14. Upon its effectivity on July 1, minimum wage earners in CARAGA are entitled to a P7 basic wage increase, bringing the minimum wage to P275. By October 1, 2016, minimum wage earners will receive additional increase in the form of a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) amounting to P5, raising the minimum wage further to P280 per day.

At present, only RTWPB-Caraga implements a single minimum wage rate that applies to all minimum wage earners across sectors and industries in the region.


Posted:  Sept. 8, 2016

RTWPB –X helps cooperative improve its productivity incentive scheme

RTWPB-X trained on July 8 the officers and members of the Integrated Livestock and Poultry Raisers’ Cooperative (ILIPCO) based in Gusa, Cagayan de Oro City in developing their productivity-based incentive schemes (PBIS). During the training, the cooperative was also encouraged to apply for the Board’s Seal of Recognition, a stamp or hallmark given to enterprises implementing PBIS as a way of recognizing and showcasing good practices.


Posted:  Sept. 8, 2016

RTWPB-X joins WODP training

RTWPB-X joined DOLE Regional Office No. 10 in training 65 workers/union members and supervisors of DOLE STANFILCO and DOLE Philippines, Inc. from Misamis Oriental and Malayabalay City in Bukidnon, respectively last July 15 at Paula’s Restaurant, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

The training, which is part of the Workers Organization Development Program (WODP), covered topics on productivity, labor management committees, family welfare program, and occupational safety and health.


Posted:  Sept. 8, 2016

NWPC studies implementation of Tier 2

The Wage Policy and Research Division (WPRD) has started conducting a series of focus group discussions (FGDs) with enterprises to assess the implementation of the advisories on productivity-based incentives schemes the Boards have issued.

RTWPB Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) has issued two advisories covering the following industries/sectors: administrative and support services group, hotels and restaurants and other service providers, manufacturing, and wholesale, retail trade and motor shops. RTWPB IV-A issued one advisory covering the agribusiness, services, and industry sectors. Meanwhile, RTWPB XII has issued one advisory covering the Industrial Tripartite Councils (ITC) Plantation. Since 2015, RTWPB CAR, IV-A, and XII have provided technical assistance to 128, 142, and 32 establishments, respectively.

The study will cover Regions CAR, IV-A and XII, taking into consideration the number of enterprises with productivity based incentive schemes and representation of respondent enterprises across sectors (agriculture, industry and service) and geographic areas.

The NWPC will assess the schemes based on the following criteria (1) employee involvement in the design and implementation of productivity/performance incentive schemes; (2) level of employee awareness; (3) use of quantifiable work/performance standards acceptable to both workers and management as basis for evaluating performance and the grant of incentive bonuses; and (4) coverage and (5) frequency or schedule of distribution of incentive/bonuses, among others.


Posted:  Sept. 8, 2016

ILO briefs NWPC on framework for assessing employment impact of trade policies

Mr. Bryan Balco, ILO-Manila’s national project coordinator, presented ILO’s “Strengthening the Impact on Employment of Sector and Trade Policies” (STRENGTHEN) project to the NWPC officials and technical staff in a meeting held at the NWPC on July 15. The project aims to strengthen the employment component of trade and trade-related policies and programs “with better analysis, more coherent policy-making, and enhanced programs that are designed to encourage employment creation and upgrading.

The project has four major project outcomes, as follows: 1) knowledge specific to the Philippines on the impact of international trade on productive and decent employment outcomes in the export-oriented sectors; 2) enhanced capacities of Filipino technical specialists and analysts in assessing the effects of international trade on employment; 3) evidence and studies-based policies and programmes that promote and strengthen coherence between trade and employment objectives, and; 4) technical support for skills development and export-oriented value hains.

OIC-Executive Director Alex V. Avila said that the last outcome, that is, technical support for skills development and export-oriented value chains, resonates well with NWPC and the Regional Boards since the agency will refocus its productivity program and activities to MSMEs in the supply and value chains.

Project STRENGTHEN will see the involvement of DOLE, DTI, PEZA and other government agencies, workers’ organizations and trade unions, employers’ and business groups, Joint Foreign Chambers (JFCs), exporters’ federations, and fair trade associations. It will also be piloted in Benin, Ghana, Guatemala, Morocco and Myanmar.


Posted:  Sept. 8, 2016

RTWPB-X talks of incentivizing good performance

Speaking before a group of 35 unit managers, supervisors and employees of Ma Reyna–Xavier University Hospital (MRXUH) during the First MRXUH Quality Week, Board Secretary Estrella U. Pahalla emphasized the importance of incentivizing performance and productivity and quality committee in the implementation of Labor Management Cooperation schemes at the plant level.
With the theme Quality Talk: Productivity in Attaining Quality, the forum focused on the discussion of basic productivity concepts and techniques like 5s, Just In Time (JIT), Easy Kaizen and innovation, as well as gainsharing schemes.
Held last July 13 at the Arch Hayes St., Cagayan de Oro City, the forum was spearheaded by MRXUH Quality Service Committee who also conceptualized the First Quality Week initiative of the medical institution.


Posted:  Sept. 8, 2016


New minimum wages for CALABARZON workers

Starting July 1, 2016, minimum wage earners in the CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) area will get wage increases as RTWPB IV-A approved Wage Order No. IVA-17.

Upon effectivity of the new wage order, all minimum wage workers earning over P267 per day will receive basic wage increases in the amounts of P16 in the Growth Corridor Area, P12 in the Emerging Growth Area, and P6 in the Resource Based Area. Minimum wage workers earning P267 will receive a P16 basic wage increase, while those earning P263 will receive a P20 basic wage increase, both to be given in two tranches.  Moreover, minimum wage workers in 85 areas reclassified into higher income classes will receive an additional P5 to P73.50 basic wage increase, to be given in seven tranches.

Apart from adjustments in basic wages, the new wage order also integrated into the basic wage the Socioeconomic Allowance (under Wage Order No. IVA-16) and the Conditional Temporary Productivity Allowance (under Wage Order No. IVA-15) effective July 1 and November 1, respectively.

Wage Order No. IVA-17 allows exemption from compliance, upon application with the Wage Board, for the following categories of establishments: 1) establishments adversely affected by calamities such as natural and/or human induced disasters, 2) exporters with valid forward contracts, and 3) distressed establishments.

Wage Order No. IVA-17 was published in The Philippine Star on June 16, 2016.


Posted:  July 28, 2016


CARAGA minimum wage earners get wage increase

Upon effectivity of Wage Order No. RBXIII-14 last July 1, all minimum wage workers in CARAGA received a P7 basic wage increase and will get an additional P5 Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) by October 1 this year.  The adjustments have effectively raised the daily minimum wage rate in all provinces and sectors in the region from P268 under the previous wage order to P275 last July 1 and P280 by October 1.

The new wage order allows exemption for the following categories of establishments:  distressed establishments; retail/service establishments regularly employing not more than 10; new business enterprises (NBEs); and establishments adversely affected by natural and/or human-induced calamities.

The wage order was published in the Mindanao Gold Star Daily on June 16, 2016.


Posted:  July 28, 2016


NWPC joins Independence Day celebration

The NWPC joined other government agencies in commemorating the 2016 Philippine Independence Day in Luneta Park, Manila with the theme, “Kalayaan 2016: Pagkakaisa, Pag-aambagan, Pagsulong”.

President Benigno Aquino IIII led the flag raising and wreath laying ceremonies in an event that will be his last as president. The President was joined by Vice President Jejomar Binay and former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada, and other government officials and guests.   

The DOLE, through the DOLE-NCR, also organized a job fair where 15,800 job opportunities were opened to jobseekers.


Posted:  July 28, 2016


DOLE-CAR employees trained in 5S

RTWPB-CAR conducted 5S orientation for DOLE-CAR officers and staff at the Riverview Water Park, Asin, Tuba, Benguet last June 16-17, as part of the agency’s teambuilding exercise.   In his lecture, OIC Board Secretary  Augusto L. Aquillo emphasized the benefits of implementing and sustaining 5S in terms of reduced workplace accidents, wastes, unnecessary downtime, and delays especially in the delivery of frontline services to the public.


Posted:  July 28, 2016


DOLE agencies prepare Decent Work Country Diagnostics

As part of the Decent Work Country Diagnostics (DWCD) initiative and as a follow-thorugh activity to the inception/capacity building workshop conducted on May 11 and 12, the NWPC and other concerned DOLE agencies convened in NWPC last June 9 for handholding sessions to prepare the narrative reports for the diagnostics. The DWCP aims to provide a brief yet comprehensive analysis of the productive employment and decent work situation and trends of the country.

Under the guidance of the ILO consultants, the participants have completed preliminary drafts that will form part of the final report.


Posted:  July 28, 2016


OIC-ED Avila attends ASEAN-OECD forum on productivity and inclusive growth

OIC- Executive Director Alex V. Avila joined other senior policy makers from OECD and Southeast Asian countries in an international forum to exchange views and country practices on improving productivity while fostering inclusiveness towards growth. The OECD Southeast Asia Regional Forum with the theme “Boosting Productivity and Inclusiveness in Southeast Asia” was held last June 14-15, 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Westlake, Hanoi, Vietnam.

The forum consisted of three sessions: Boosting Productivity in Southeast Asia, Integrating ASEAN Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) into Global Value Chains, and Inclusiveness-the Social Agenda.

Dr. AKP Mochtan, ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General, who keynoted the Forum, stressed the need to build a “productivity movement” in ASEAN region. Meanwhile, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son said productivity and inclusiveness are essential in the process of building the ASEAN Community, as he spoke at the event’s opening ceremony.  Meanwhile, OECD Deputy Secretary-General Doug Frantz emphasized the importance of investments in education and training, skills development, building a conducive business environment, and mainstreaming small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) into global value chains to raise productivity and reduce social inequality among ASEAN member countries.

Dir. Avila noted that supposedly, higher productivity underpins competitiveness, enables businesses to grow and expand and therefore create more and better employment opportunities, justifies increases in workers’ and households’ incomes, raises standards of living, and sustains economic growth. Indeed, the virtuous circle of socio-economic development. 

He also highlighted the economic transformation of the Philippines, from being “the sick man of Asia” to being the region’s economic “rising star”, but also noted the challenge of making economic growth work for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized sectors of the Philippine society. He added that against the backdrop of a more integrated and connected ASEAN, the Philippines needs to sustain its strong macroeconomic fundamentals and a stable fiscal space to facilitate the adoption of better and more efficient and effective responses to these challenges, adding that the country needs to harness the creative and innovative energies of its human capital to achieve higher productivity growth and sustain dynamic enterprises.

In building strong regional economies and plug in regional production networks driven by a strong policy bias toward agro-industrial development and the resurgent manufacturing sector and anchored on higher and sustained productivity, Dir. Avila told the forum that it is important for the government to adopt policies and programs that:

First, continue to ensure a level playing field and enhance the business environment by keeping regulatory burden and transaction costs to the minimum so that start-ups are encouraged to participate more fully in the economy;

Second, sustain human capital formation and lifelong learning through appropriate budgetary support and incentives for enterprises, especially the domestic and indigenous, to undertake continuous skills upgrading for their workers to make them more employable and their skills more portable, and invest in innovation and research and development and safeguarding intellectual capital while at the same time ensuring its diffusion more widely;

            Third, ensure world-class competitively-priced infrastructures in the needed quantity and required quality; and

Lastly, enhance access of MSMEs to finance through channels other than bank and financial institutions, and helping them reduce their risk factors and improve their risk profile.

Together with Asst. Secretary Katherine B. Brimon who also participated as speaker and panelist for Session 3 (Inclusiveness: The Social Agenda), Dir. Avila also attended the OECD Southeast Asia Regional Programme (SEARP) Second Steering Group Meeting.


Posted:  July 28, 2016


CAR holds Forum on Green and Productivity

RTWPB-CAR, in coordination with the DTI-Regional Office, organized the “Green Economic Development & Productivity Forum” for the region’s hotel and restaurant industry last June 8 at the DOLE Conference Hall, Cabinet Hill, Baguio City.

The forum oriented the participants on productivity and environmental management tools, techniques and technologies suited to their business needs.  Hotels likes Baguio Country Club and Health 100 (102 & 102) Restoreant also shared their successful green practices as benchmark for similar businesses in the region.

Posted:  July 28, 2016


Companies in Camiguin oriented on DOLE programs

RTWPB X joined the DOLE-Regional Office in orienting companies in Camiguin on productivity 101, productivity based incentive schemes, labor management cooperation, family welfare program, safety and health programs, and employees compensation last May 10 at the Paras Beach Resort and Hotel, Yumbing, Island of Camiguin.

Also discussed during the orientation was Department Order No. 147-15 re: Guidelines on Termination of Employment and Single Entry Approach (SENA), by Undersecretary Rebecca C. Chato to about 65 workers and employers representing 44 MSMEs, 4 OFW organizations and 2 PESOs/LGUs.


Posted:  July 28, 2016


CO-RB conducts MYPA on financial management

The NWPC convened a mid-year performance assessment on financial management and a workshop on the enhanced e-NGAS and e-Budget to improve the organization’s compliance with government accounting and auditing rules and regulations.

The activity, held last June 20-23 at the Cherry Blossoms Hotel, Manila, was attended by the accountants and designated budget officers of the Central Office and the Regional Boards.  NWPC-resident COA auditor Ms. Susan V. Tomagan and Lead/Supervising COA Auditor Mr. Antonio L. Gopez provided updates on the status of the NWPC’s and RTWPB’s 2015 audit findings. Also present were DBM Budget Analysts Ms. May Pinga and Cheenereth Abalos who oriented the participants on the implementation of the e Budget system.


Posted:  July 28, 2016


Regional boards participate in root cause analysis training

In preparation for the expansion of NWPC’s ISO 9001:2015 certification, the NWPC organized a root cause analysis workshop for the Regional Board Secretariats last June 24, 206 at the Cherry Blossoms Hotel, Malate, Manila.

The workshop aimed to equip the participants with a wide range of approaches, tools, and techniques for identifying the underlying causes of an organizational problem or non-conformance with established/documented procedures.

In his message, OIC-Executive Director Alex V. Avila underscored the importance of root cause analysis in preventing recurrence of process failures and ensuring the delivery of quality frontline service to clients and stakeholders.


Posted:  July 28, 2016

RTWPB NCR approves P10 minimum wage hike

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-NCR issued Wage Order No. NCR-20 granting a P10 basic wage increase to minimum wage earners in Metro Manila starting June 2. 

Upon its effectivity, the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) of P15 under the previous Wage Order was integrated into the basic wage and a new COLA of P10 was also granted.  This brought the new minimum wages in the region to P454 for workers in the agriculture sector (plantation and non-plantation), retail/service establishments employing 16 workers or less, and manufacturing establishments regularly employing less than 10 workers and P491 for workers in non-agriculture, including hospitals with 100 or less bed capacity, a sector which used to have lower minimum wage.

DOLE NCR Regional Director Nelson C. Hornilla said the Board considered the region’s poverty threshold, average wages, changes in the consumer price index and the inflation rate.

The Wage Order allows exemption for distressed establishments, retail and service establishments employing not more than ten (10) workers and establishments adversely affected by natural calamities and/or human induced disasters.

The wage order was published in The Philippine Star on May 18, 2016.

Posted:  June 21, 2016



Minimum wage workers in Region II get P31-P61 wage increase

The effectivity of Wage Order No. RB II-17 last May 14 raised minimum wages in Cagayan Region to P300 in the non-agriculture sector, including retail/service establishments employing more than 10 workers; P280 in the agriculture sector, and; P260 for retail/service establishments with 10 or less workers.

The Wage Order allows exemption for distressed establishments, new business enterprises, retail and service establishments employing not more than ten (10) workers and establishments adversely affected by natural calamities and/or human induced disasters.

The new Wage Order simplified the minimum wage structure in the region with the re-classification of retail/service establishments employing more than 10 workers into the non-agriculture sector.

Posted:  June 21, 2016



NWPC organizes gender sensitivity seminar-workshop for employees

As part of its Gender And Development (GAD) Program, the NWPC organized a seminar-workshop on gender sensitivity with Mr. Bong Soriano of Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) as speaker at the NWPC Conference Room last May 13.

The activity aimed to raise the level of awareness of NWPC staff on gender and development issues and concerns. Mr. Soriano discussed the different gender roles and its importance towards more gender-sensitive governance.

Posted:  June 21, 2016



NWPC holds teambuilding exercises in Subic

NWPC conducted its annual team building exercise at the Subic Holiday Villas, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales last May 5-6.

In his welcome remarks, OIC-Executive Director Alex V. Avila said the team building activity was an opportunity for employees to occasionally relax and enjoy work-life harmony.

Ms. Ma. Theresa Franco and Mr. Glen Franco, as facilitators, organized a series of activities that fostered camaraderie among employees. They facilitated the positive affirmation circle activity which encouraged participants to give positive characteristics of their co-employees.  

Posted:  June 21, 2016



NWPC employees get influenza vaccines

As part of the NWPC’s employee welfare programs, the Administrative Division facilitated the purchase and administration of influenza vaccines to the NWPC employees last May 31.

Posted:  June 21, 2016




NWPC participates in Decent Work Country Diagnostics Inception Workshop

The NWPC, together with the other DOLE agencies, participated in the Decent Work Country Diagnostics Inception (DWCD) Workshop organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Department of Labor and Employment at the Manila Pavillon Hotel last May 11-12.

In his welcome remarks, Mr. Hideki Kagohasi, Enterprise Specialist of the ILO Country Office - Philippines explained the concept and elements of the DWCD process including statistical decent work indicators, legal framework indicators and the proposed DWCD analytical framework to the national government agencies and, workers and employers organizations.

DOLE-Planning Service Director Adeline de Castro discussed the rationale of the DWCD and it relates to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Philippine Labor and Employment Plan (LEP) 2016-2022.

Mr. Tite Habiyakare, Regional Labour Statistician of the ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific presented the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focusing on the targets of Goal 8  - decent work and economic growth.  He also presented the new framework for work and labor market statistics under the 19th Overview of New ICLS resolution: Statistics of Work, Employment and Labour Underutilization.  He explained that the new ICLS updates the previous standards on statistics of the economically active population, employment, unemployment and underemployment as well as sets new framework for work and labour market statistics i.e. framework for the measurement of all work (paid and unpaid) and measures for labour underutilization beyond underemployment.

Ms. Teresa Peralta, former Director of Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics who served as consultant of the DWCD, presented the different measures of decent work in the Philippines. Meanwhile, Atty. Benedicto Ernesto Bitonio Jr., former Undersecretary of DOLE and consultant of DWCD, briefed the participants with the analytical framework on decent work situation and challenges.

During the workshop, the participants were grouped into five - (i) social protection, (ii) social dialogue, (iii) employment, and (iv) labor standards – and were tasked to validate the diagnostic indicators, which will form part of the DWCD report and the Labor and Employment Plan 2016-2022.

On the second day, the participants presented the workshop outputs on proposed indicators and core messages.

Posted:  June 20, 2016



Contractors participate in RTWPB VIII's SIB

As an initial step for organizing Labor-Management Committees, sixteen Contractors participated in the Succeeding in Business (SIB) training organized by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – VIII in partnership with the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Board VIII at the Luxury Suites Hotel, Burgos Street, Tacloban City on May 13, 2016.

As part of their re-entry projects, the participants were tasked to set-up Labor-Management Committees in their respective organizations and formulate productivity incentive scheme.

Posted:  June 20, 2016




NWPC, RTWPB IV-A hold ISTIV Bayanihan Training for Cooperatives

NWPC and RTWPB IVA conducted a training on ISTIV Bayanihan for managers and staff of small cooperatives at the Tanauan City Hall, Batangas on May 18, 2016.

The participants were given training on productivity, work values under the ISTIV module and basic business operations like marketing, organizing, stock control, and bookkeeping.  As part of their re-entry plans, the participants prepared productivity action plans towards improving existing business systems.

Posted:  June 20, 2016





RTWPB-IX joins 2016 Dia de Obreros' Diskwento Fair

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – IX joined the DTI in the 2016 Dia de Obreros’ Diskwento Fair at the Zamboanga EcoZone Freeport Authority last May 1.

With the theme “Fiesta y Alegria na Dia De Obreros,” the fair was one of the major activities held in the region’s observance of Labor Day.  The Diskwento Caravan was participated in by nine (9) suppliers namely: Surequick Marketing Inc.; MINDPRO Citimall; Shoppers Central Inc./Gateway; Nestle Ice Cream/N&N Services; WESMIDCO Inc.; Ritchjoy Marketing; Best Reach Outsell Inc., OLE Marketing; and NRW Marketing.

Posted:  June 20, 2016


NWPC joins DOLE agencies in hosting Indonesian study tour

The NWPC led the DOLE’s orientation of eighteen Indonesian participants during the study tour organized by the National Institute of Public Administration of the Republic of Indonesia held at the DOLE-OSEC Conference Room last April 13.

The DOLE was one of the government agencies visited by the Indonesian delegation for purposes of benchmarking innovation practices on community development, investment promotion, improvement of public service delivery, and other related government reform efforts. The delegates also visited the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Public Financial Management, Office of the Ombudsman, and Manila Municipal Office.

During their visit to DOLE, the NWPC, BLE, and TESDA presented their agency’s policy and program reforms and innovation experiences. Deputy Executive Directors Jeanette T. Damo and Patricia P. Hornilla discussed the Productivity Toolbox and Two-Tiered Wage System, respectively.

Posted:  May 27, 2016






RTWPB VIII issues IRR of Wage Order for DomWorkers

RTWPB VIII issued the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Wage Order No. RB VIII-DW-01 last March 30.

The IRR specifically contains the provisions on the amount of wage increase, coverage, payment of wages, and effectivity. It also contains the provision on competency-based pay scheme for adjustments above minimum wage.
The  wage order took effect last March 23, granting a new monthly minimum wage of P2,500 for domestic workers in chartered cities and first class municipalities and P2,000 for kasambahays working in other municipalities. 


Posted:  May 27, 2016



NWPC, DOLE agencies hold seminar for DOLE Call Center Action Officers

The NWPC together with DOLE NCR, LCO, BWC, BLR conducted a three-day seminar on General Labor Standards (GLS) and Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) at the Subic Travelers Hotel, Subic Bay, Olongapo City, Zambales last April 13-15.

Sponsored by the LCO, the seminar aimed to capacitate the Action Officers with relevant,    accurate, and timely information on GLS, OSHS, and Productivity.   Director Elvira P. Jota talked about the NWPC Productivity Toolbox as well as the social media platform #EMA. Ms. Rosanna dela Cruz, meanwhile, discussed the two-tiered wage system.


Posted:  May 27, 2016



RTWPB VII convenes forum for Kasambahay

RTWPB VII conducted a forum for a group ofkasambahays at the Crown Regency Hotel in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu last April 3.

The forum was organized to gather information on the employment conditions of the kasambahays particularly their wages. Theactivity is part of the Board’s mandate to consult key stakeholders as basis for a decision to adjust minimum wages.

Representatives from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), PAGIBIG, and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) served as speakers on rights, laws, benefits, and other existing programs for kasambahays.

Posted:  May 27, 2016



RTWPB III, DOLE organize interactive learning session in Pampanga

RTWPB III and DOLE RO III conductedinteractive learning sessions on wages and productivity at the RTWPB III office and Medical City Ambulatory Center, Clark, Pampanga last April 7 and 8, respectively.

With the theme “Empowering Workers. Sustaining the Industry,” the first learning session was conducted for the Business Processing Outsourcing and Aviation ITCs while the second learning session covered the Education and Construction ITCs in Pampanga.   Topics discussed included the two-tiered wage system, productivity training programs, and Project #EMA.

DOLE Region III Assistant Regional Director Geraldine M. Panlilio said the DOLE should be known not only as a regulatory agency but more for its developmental approaches in assisting workers and enterprises realize their growth potentials.

Posted:  May 27, 2016



Siquijor Tourism Industry participates in SQ Training Program

RTWPB VII conducted SQ Training Program to 44 participants from 26 different establishments in the tourism industry of Siquijor at the Coco Grove Beach Resort, Siquijor last April 21.

Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz graced the activity. In her speech, she highlighted the importance of SQ training in promoting the tourism industry which is one of the region’s drivers of growth.

“DOLE through NWPC has embarked on the service quality training program to make tourism value chain in Siquijor highly competitive. With the highly competitive environment of the tourism industry at present, it is imperative that service delivery be improved, to ensure that the industry will be able to survive. The improvement in service delivery will improve enterprise profit which will enable them to comply with all labor laws and provide more and better benefits to their workers,” Baldoz said.

During the ceremony, Baldoz also awarded Certificate of Compliance (CoC) on GLS and OSH to Coco Grove Beach Resort.  According to DOLE Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga, it is the first establishment in the province to receive a CoC from the DOLE.

Posted:  May 27, 2016



DomWorkers in CALABARZON get minimum wage increase

Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-IVA issued Wage Order No. RB IVA-01 granting a P300 to 500 monthly wage increase to domestic workers in the region.    

Beginning April 1, the monthly minimum wage rate for domestic workers in the region’s Growth Corridor Area (GCA) was P2,500. In Emerging Growth Area (EGA) and Resource Based Area (RBA) the new monthly minimum wage rate was P1,800.

Wage Order No. RB IVA-01 applies to all domestic workers, whether on a live-in or live-out arrangement. Excluded from coverage are service providers, family drivers, children under foster family arrangement, and persons performing work occasionally and not on an occupational basis.    

The Order was published in The Philippine Star on March 17, 2016.

Posted:  May 27, 2016



NWPC Chief joins study tour in Ireland

NWPC OIC-Executive Director Avila together with DOLE Senior Officials and directors participated in the JobStart Study Tour in Ireland last April 9-16.

Headed by Undersecretary Rebecca C. Chato and Undersecretary Nicon F. Fameronag, the delegation was composed of Assistant Secretary Joji V. Aragon, Assistant Secretary Katherine B. Brimon, TESDA Director Marissa G. Legaspi, BLE Director Dominique R. Tutay, DOLE RO XI Director Joffrey M. Suyao, DOLE RO VII Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga, NWPC OIC-Executive Director Alex V. Avila, and Ms. Ruth R. Rodriguez of BLE.

The study tour was organized by the Asian Development Bank to provide an opportunity for DOLE delegates to study Ireland’s successful labor market activation programs and youth skills training and development.

The purpose of the study tour is for the Philippine delegation to share experiences with their Irish counterparts, learn lessons, and explore good practices and models that could be tested in the Philippines, especially those relevant to the nationwide rollout of DOLE’s JobStart Philippines program and the mandatory institutionalization of Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) under the newly amended PESO Act.

Ireland was selected as the country case study for its successful programs in assisting out-of-school youth to find jobs. Likewise, it has established an institutional network of employment offices and job centers around the country and implemented innovative labor market activation programs, of which some are similar to JobStart.

Aside from the DOLE delegates, the study tour was also participated by the Chairmen of the Committee on Labor and Employment from both houses of Congress, senior representatives from the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Posted:  May 27, 2016



NWPC Director participates in the Conference on FWP, Productivity Enhancement

NWPC Director Jamie-Lyn Jamias-Garcia participated in the Conference on Female Workforce Participation (FWP) and Productivity Enhancement held in Tokyo, Japan last April 5-7.

The conference served as a platform for top managers/executives, representatives of government agencies, and academic researchers in Asia to share experiences and exchange information on policies encouraging women’s participation in the workforce, their trends and impact on productivity enhancement, as well as solutions and proposals for increasing women’s presence in formal employment.

Representatives from APO-member countries shared their country practices and experiences on FWP and productivity enhancement, with most of the participants recognizing low FWPs in their countries.

Posted:  May 27, 2016



NWPC, RTWPBs assess program implementation

NWPC has scheduled a series of regional compliance assessment from April to September 2016 to assess and improve the performance of the RTWPBs.  The first team of auditors visited RTWPBs NCR and CAR last April 14-15 and April 20-22, respectively. 

Each regional audit team is composed of three auditors tasked to perform administrative, technical, and financial audit of the regional boards.

Posted:  May 27, 2016


NWPC conducts training on FE, TMS

NWPC conducted training on Facility Evaluation (FE) and Time and Motion Studies (TMS) for its technical staff, with Director Jamie-Lyn Jamias-Garcia and Rosemarie P. Villaplaza as speakers last March 9-10.

In his message, OIC-Executive Director Alex V. Avila emphasized the need to expand the pool of NWPC officers and staff who can assist the Regional Boards in the conduct of FE and TMS. This will allow NWPC and the Boards to more effectively respond to requests for TMS and FE from enterprises nationwide.

Prior to this, the NWPC conducted the same training for the RTPWB III and DOLE RO III personnel last February 29-March 1.

Posted:  April 20, 2016




RTWPB NCR conducts productivity orientation for KaEntrep

RTWPB NCR conducted an orientation on the Productivity Toolbox to the 55 members of KaEntrep at the NWPC Conference Room last February 22, 2016.

KaEntrep, headed by Engr. Doy Tabilog, is an association of MSMEs in NCR and has been a long-time partner of the Regional Board in its productivity advocacy.

Board Secretary Aida Andres spearheaded the activity and discussed the benefits of productivity to both enterprises and employees.


Posted:  April 20, 2016


NWPC hosts meeting on Service Quality for Tourism Value Chain

The NWPC conducted a trainers’ training on productivity to 18 participants from DOLE Regional Field Offices and RTWPB-I at Hotel Airana, Bauang La Union last March 17-18.

Director Elvira P. Jota oriented the LLCOs and field officers on Project #EMA and the two-tiered wage system. Ms. Sylvia P. Piano, Ms. Amelia A. Kakazu, and Ms. Rosanna dela Cruz, meanwhile, discussed the different training principles, processes and methodologies, and productivity concepts, measures, tools, and techniques.

As part of their re-entry projects, the participants were tasked to train MSMEs engaged in hospitality, retail, and manufacturing industries using the learned team approach.


Posted:  April 20, 2016


NWPC conducts Trainers' Training on Productivity in La Union

The NWPC conducted a trainers’ training on productivity to 18 participants from DOLE Regional Field Offices and RTWPB-I at Hotel Airana, Bauang La Union last March 17-18.

Director Elvira P. Jota oriented the LLCOs and field officers on Project #EMA and the two-tiered wage system. Ms. Sylvia P. Piano, Ms. Amelia A. Kakazu, and Ms. Rosanna dela Cruz, meanwhile, discussed the different training principles, processes and methodologies, and productivity concepts, measures, tools, and techniques.

As part of their re-entry projects, the participants were tasked to train MSMEs engaged in hospitality, retail, and manufacturing industries using the learned team approach.


Posted:  April 20, 2016


NWPC joins DOLE, PCW in celebratng the National Women's Month

The NWPC participated in the DOLE’s celebration of National Women’s Month at the Labor Governance and Learning Center (LGLC), DOLE Building, Intramuros, Manila last March 11.

This year’s theme, “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda”, calls for gender-balanced leadership and decision making positions both in private and government sector. It also advocates for the inclusion of women’s concerns in leadership platforms and in the government’s development agenda, and capacitating and preparing women and girls to reach their ambitions.

Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz highlighted in her opening message the role and status of women in leadership. Television and film actress Jodi Sta. Maria served as guest speaker during the event. She emphasized that while women are still underprivileged, they now have the platform to voice and act for their rights.


“Sama-samang Pagsulong sa mga Agenda ni Juana”

The NWPC also participated in the PCW’s activity entitled “Sama-samang Pagsulong sa mga Agenda ni Juana” held at Burnham Ground, Luneta Park, Manila. Together with other government agencies, civil society groups, state universities and colleges, the NWPC joined the national poll for the inclusion of women’s concerns in leadership platforms and the government’s development agenda.

PCW Executive Director Emmeline L. Verzosa opened the activity by presenting the agenda of the event. PCW Chairperson Remedios I. Rikken introduced the Keynote Speaker Professor Solita C. Monsod. Prof. Monsod’s message focused on the significant role of Filipino women in the international and local arena of politics, governance, and business. She emphasized that the country’s performance in gender equality remains to be a model in the Asia-Pacific region as the Philippines ranked 7th in the recent World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index.

Being a veteran women’s right advocate, Prof. Monsod also cited the historical, sociological, and political roles of women in the Philippines. She said that while the country’s overall performance on gender equality is comparable to developed countries in Europe, much is still needed to improve women’s participation in politics and share in income. Prof. Monsod called for a need to measure the invisible contribution of women in the household, considering the amount of effort and time exerted by women for their families.

She encouraged the participants to be vigilant in electing the next leaders of the country by choosing those who will carry the agenda of Filipino women.

Spearheaded by the PCW, the month-long celebration for Filipino women also conducted online advocacy and fora.


Posted:  April 20, 2016


Domestic Workers in Eastern Visayas receive wage increase

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-VIII issued Wage Order No. RB VIII-01 granting a P500.00 monthly wage increase to domestic workers in the region starting March 23, 2016.

Domestic workers in Eastern Visayas will have a new monthly minimum wage rate of P2,500 for those working in chartered cities and first class municipalities and P2,000 for those employed in other municipalities.

Wage Order No. RB VIII-01 shall apply to all domestic workers, whether on a live-in or live-out arrangement. Excluded from coverage are service providers, family drivers, children under foster family arrangement, and persons performing work occasionally and not on an occupational basis.

The order was published in Leyte Samar Daily Express last March 8, 2016.


Posted:  April 8, 2016


NWPC is ISO 9001:2015 certified

The NWPC received its ISO certificate from its certifying body TÜV Rheinland last March 17 after meeting the requirements of ISO 9001:2015.

The ISO certification covers the implementation of policies and programs on setting minimum wages and promoting productivity improvement and gainsharing. It also includes sub-certificates to RTWPB NCR, III, and IVA.

The certificate is valid until March 16, 2019 after which the NWPC will have to apply for the renewal of its certificate.

The rest of the Boards will be certified by end of 2016.


Posted: April 8, 2016


NWPC attains HR Maturity Level 2 of CSC's PRIME-HRM

The National Wages and Productivity Commission became the first DOLE agency to be recognized as having attained HR Maturity Level 2 of the Civil Service Commission’s PRIME-HRM in the awarding ceremony held at Luxent Hotel last March 7, 2016. CSC Commissioners Robert Martinez and Nieves Osorio and CSC NCR Director Judith Chicano led the first awarding ceremony under the program in which 22 other government agencies and offices were also recognized for their accomplishments.

OIC-Executive Director Alex V. Avila and Deputy Executive Director Jeanette T. Damo received the certificate recognizing the NWPC’s for obtaining Maturity Level 2 in Recruitment, Selection and Placement as a result of their determination and invaluable efforts to promote people excellence in their agency for efficient and effective public service delivery.

PRIME-HRM, which stands for “Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management”, is program that integrates and enhances the Personnel Management Assessment and Assistance Program (PMAAP) and the CSC Agency Accreditation Program (CSCAAP).  The program aims to inculcate meritocracy and excellence in the public service human resource management through a program of reward and recognition, empowerment and continuous development.

Other government agencies which were recognized for having attained the same maturity level included the Commission of Filipino Overseas, Philippine Institute for Development Studies, PHIVOLCS, National Housing Authority, Landbank of the Philippines, DPWH-NCR and Division of City School of Taguig and Pateros.

Meanwhile, the Division of City Schools of Pasay, Marikina and Manila, National Children’s Hospital, Senate Electoral Tribunal, Environmental Management Bureau, Philippine Rice Research Institute, Philippine Ports Authority, Philippine National Oil Company, Commission on Higher Education, Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp., and National Mapping and Information Authority, to mention some, were recognized for reaching maturity level in two or more HR systems such as performance management system, rewards and recognition, and learning and development.      

In her opening message, Director Chicano revealed that only 23 or seven per cent of the 343 government agencies have succeeded to foster major breakthroughs in their HR systems. This means there still is a lot to be done in terms of encouraging, assisting and transforming government offices/agencies in their continuing journey towards excellence in public service.  She noted that nowadays, excellence in the public service is the new normal.

Commissioner Robert Martinez, on the other hand, acknowledged in his message that the 23 government agencies are now part of history being the first batch of agencies to meet the challenge of transforming their HRM system in cognizance of its effects on business outcomes.

In closing, Commissioner Nieves Osorio expressed optimism that PRIME HRM will be instrumental in making the Philippines as Asia’s finest bureaucracy given the initial positive outcomes in the HR systems of government agencies.


Posted: April 8, 2016



Productivity Toolbox application goes online

The NWPC recently launched the e-Apply for Productivity Toolbox to enhance the public’s access to its productivity training programs.

To access the online application form, applicants should visit the NWPC website ( and click e-Apply for Productivity Toolbox. To complete the online application, applicants must encode their company profile, contact details, and productivity training/technical services to be availed.


Posted: April 8, 2016


New minimum wage rates set for domestic workers in Region IVA and VI

Minimum wage earners in the private establishments in Region III will receive an additional P8.00 per day in their basic wage starting January 1, 2016 under Wage Order No. RB III-19.  This brings the new minimum wage in the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales to P357.00 for non-agriculture (establishments with total assets of P30 million or more) and P350.00 (for establishments with total assets of less than P30 million).  Meanwhile, workers in agriculture will receive a new minimum wage of P327 (plantation) and P311 (non-plantation and P346.00 and P332 for workers in retail/service establishments, depending on the employment size of establishments.

In Aurora, minimum wage earners will receive P306.00 in non-agriculture, P279.00 and P291.00 in agriculture (non-plantation and plantation, respectively) and P238.00 for retail/service establishments.

Wage Order No. RB III-19 also provides a second tranche of increase effective May 1, 2016. Workers in all industries regardless of asset and employment size, will receive an additional P7.00 in their basic wage, bringing the highest minimum wage to P364.00.

The said wage order was published in Philippine Star on December 17, 2015.


Posted:  March 20, 2016


Minimum wage earners in Central Luzon to get wage increase

Minimum wage earners in the private establishments in Region III will receive an additional P8.00 per day in their basic wage starting January 1, 2016 under Wage Order No. RB III-19.  This brings the new minimum wage in the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales to P357.00 for non-agriculture (establishments with total assets of P30 million or more) and P350.00 (for establishments with total assets of less than P30 million).  Meanwhile, workers in agriculture will receive a new minimum wage of P327 (plantation) and P311 (non-plantation and P346.00 and P332 for workers in retail/service establishments, depending on the employment size of establishments.

In Aurora, minimum wage earners will receive P306.00 in non-agriculture, P279.00 and P291.00 in agriculture (non-plantation and plantation, respectively) and P238.00 for retail/service establishments.

Wage Order No. RB III-19 also provides a second tranche of increase effective May 1, 2016. Workers in all industries regardless of asset and employment size, will receive an additional P7.00 in their basic wage, bringing the highest minimum wage to P364.00.

The said wage order was published in Philippine Star on December 17, 2015.

Posted:  March 20, 2016


RTWPB-XII conducts re-orientation on Productivity Toolbox to LLCOs

RTWPB-XII conducted re-orientation on the programs and services under the Productivity Toolbox to Labor Laws Compliance Officers (LLCOs) at DOLE-RO XII’s Conference Hall in Koronadal City last January 21-22, 2016. The activity is part of the continuous staff developmental program of DOLE-XII in partnership with RTWPB in strengthening the implementation of the Labor Laws Compliance System.

Posted:  March 20, 2016


Productivity training beneficiary wins Best Video Material on Productivity and Innovation

RTWPB XII’s productivity training beneficiary Alsons Agribusiness Unit of Alabel, Sarangani Province bested seven company-finalists for the Best Video Material on Productivity and Innovation at the Workplace during the 3rd ITC Congress held at FB Hotel, Koronadal City last February 22, 2016. The objective of the contest is to showcase good practices and use this as campaign materials for the Board’s advocacy initiatives. 

Posted:  March 20, 2016


NWPC attends 2nd HRD Leader's Meeting

The NWPC presented the results of its consultations with the ceramic tile industry during the 2nd Human Resource Development (HRD) Leaders’ Meeting chaired by Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz last February 3, 2016.  The breakfast meeting hosted by the Bureau of Local Employment was one of two meetings to discuss and validate the consultation outputs of the first 10 of the 23 sectors. 

The ceramic tile industry is one of the 23 sectors for which HRD roadmaps are currently being developed by the DOLE.  These sectors consist of overseas employment and the following 22 industries: aerospace, iron and steel, biodiesel, rubber, chemical and petro- chemical, motorcycle, metal casting, plastics, cement, ceramic tiles, furniture, electrics vehicle, copper, automotive, mass housing, jewelry, tool and die, natural health products and electronics and semiconductor. Once completed, these roadmaps will complement the industry roadmaps in terms of specific HRD interventions to address the industry skill requirements of these industries.

OIC-Executive Director Alex V. Avila presented the HRD situation analysis and some recommendations for the ceramic tile industry such as the intensification of industry involvement in curriculum development and design; adoption of in-house talent development program particularly through TESDA’s accreditation of in-house training; and, intensification of career guidance and advocacy for ceramic engineering and tech-voc students.

Other DOLE agencies conducting similar industry consultations are the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, National Conciliation and Mediation Board, Professional Regulation Commission, Bureau of Local Employment, National Reintegration Center for OFWs, Bureau of Labor Relations, Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns, and the Bureau of Working Conditions.

In the next Industry Leaders’ Meeting, the results of the consultations for the rest of the sectors will be presented and validated, with NWPC handling the furniture industry.


Posted:  March 03, 2016


NWPC participates in the area-based consultations on LEP 2016-2022

The NWPC participated in three area-based consultations for the Labor and Employment Plan (LEP) 2016-2022 held last February 9-10 at the Acacia Hotel in Alabang, Muntinlupa for the Luzon cluster, February 11-12 at the Pryze Plaza in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental for the Mindanao cluster and February 17-18 at the Diversion 21 Hotel in Iloilo City, Iloilo for the Visayas cluster.

Leading all three consultations, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz enjoined the social partners and all DOLE stakeholders “to devote time and effort in shaping the document that will serve as the blueprint in sustaining the gains in labor and employment”.  She emphasized that the next five years will be an opportunity to build on the gains of the 2011-2016 Philippine Labor and Employment Plan and to introduce reforms in the four pillars - enhanced employability of workers and competitiveness of enterprises; sustained cooperation between labor and employers; strengthened social protection for vulnerable workers; and strong labor governance through leadership, management, innovation, legislative agenda (rights at work), and research & statistics - that will uplift the lives of Filipino workers and support business growth and expansion.  importance of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, which brought forth the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), replacing the Millennium Development Goals. 

In setting the direction of the consultation, the Secretary emphasized the need to anchor the Plan on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly on the employment-related goals, which are “to promote sustained inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”

To facilitate the discussions, participants were grouped into workshop groups along the pillars of employment, labor relations, labor standards and social dialogue, and social protection.  The groups were tasked to validate the LEP Assessment Report 2011-2015 and formulate strategic plans for with specific components on rights at work and labor governance.

The LEP 2016-2022 will be presented in the Philippine Decent Work Summit during the Labor Day celebration on May 1 for endorsement to the President.


Posted:  March 03, 2016

NWPC organizes fire prevention seminar

As part of the Green Our DOLE Program (GODP), the NWPC organized a seminar on fire prevention with speakers Fire Officer III Cherale May S. Agbayani and Fire Officer I April Cecille B. Soriano from the Bureau of Fire Protection – Manila District at the NWPC Conference Room last February 9, 2016.

The speakers discussed fire prevention and safety in preparation for the observance of March as the Fire Prevention Month.


Posted:  March 03, 2016



Briefing on stress management and procurement process done

NWPC employees conducted echo sessions on stress management and PHILGEPS at the NWPC Conference Room last February 16, 2016.

Ms. Terence Joy Amores of Administrative Division discussed ways to prevent and manage work-related stress while Ms. Quija Brillo oriented the staff on procurement processes under the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PHILGEPS).


Posted:  March 03, 2016



RTWPB IV-A Employer Representatives Appointed

Atty. Delia T. Uy of PMAP CALABARZON and Engr. Renato B. Almeda of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines take their oath before Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz last 22 February 2016 at the Office of the Secretary, Intramuros, Manila.

Present were NWPC Chairman-Designate Undersecretary Nicon F. Fameronag, OIC Executive Director Alex V. Avila, Deputy Executive Directors Patricia P. Hornilla and Jeanette T. Damo, RTWPB IVA Chairperson Ma. Zenaida Angara-Campita and RTWPB IVA OIC Board Secretary Ariel Rio A. Soriano.

The two employers’ representatives will serve as Board Members for 5 years.

Posted:  March 03, 2016


OIC Executive Director Alex V. Avila: A Profile

Alex Villarosa Avila is a Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) IV.  He was born in Macalelon, Quezon to Flora Parcarey Villarosa and Jose Tañada Avila. He finished his elementary and secondary education at the Macalelon Elementary and High School, respectively. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in 1989.  He obtained his Master of Arts Degree in Development Studies at the Institute of Social Studies under the Netherlands Fellowship Programme, 2001-2002. 

Before joining the Department of Labor and Employment, Dir. Avila worked as an accounting staff in various private corporations. He started his career in the Department with the Bureau of Labor Relations where, in a period of eight years, he rose from Labor and Employment Officer (LEO) I in 1996 to Supervising LEO in 2004. He, then transferred to the Institute for Labor Studies as Chief LEO until 2008 when he was promoted as Assistant Regional Director (ARD) and assigned at the Office of the Secretary.  His first regional assignment was in DOLE-Region IVA as Assistant Regional Director from April 2010 to April 2012 and as Regional Director and RTWPB Chairperson until July 2013.  He then transferred to DOLE-NCR as Regional Director and RTWPB Chairperson before assuming his post at the NWPC.

Director Avila has authored several papers on labor relations such as (i) Strikes, Social Accord and Industrial Peace: The Case of the Philippines nominated as one of the most outstanding research papers; and (ii)  The Assumption and Certification Power in the Philippines: Context, Issues, and Options.

Director Avila also participated in various international conferences and fora such as (i) ASEAN Human Resource Summit in 2008, (ii) ILO Dialogue Forum on the Impact of the Financial Crisis on Financial Sector Workers in 2009, (iii) ASEAN Seminar on Work-Life Harmony and flexible Labor Practices in 2011, (iv) Productivity and Standards Management Program, (v) Japan Study Tour on Wages and Productivity in 2012, (vi) ASEAN Labour Inspection Conference, (vi) Eliminating the Worst Forms of Child Labor in 2013, and (vii) International Labour Conference in 2014.

Posted:  February 24, 2016

RTWPB NCR welcomes OIC Regional Director Nelson C. Hornilla

as new Chairperson

Officer-in-charge Regional Director Nelson C. Hornilla assumed as Chairperson of RTWPB NCR, following the assumption of Director Alex V. Avila as the new head of NWPC.

The chairmanship of the Board was turned over by OIC-Executive Director Avila to OIC-Regional Director Hornilla last January 21, 2016, the first Board’s first meeting for the year.   Director Avila thanked the secretariat for their support and hoped that the same is extended to the incoming Chairperson especially since minimum wage adjustments in NCR are often benchmarked by the rest. He also conveyed the Secretary’s instructions to continuously implement the two-tiered wage system and strengthen advocacy for the promotion of productivity.

As incoming Chairperson, Director Hornilla accepted the challenges of his new assignment and quickly pointed out that teamwork would help them achieve their targets for 2016.

Posted: February 24, 2016

CAR launches #EMA

DOLE and RTWPB-CAR conducted their first advocacy activity for project #EngageMotivateAchieve during DOLE-CAR’s Year-End Planning Activity last December 17, 2015 to orient DOLE-CAR officers and staff on the new guidekit of DOLE’s productivity and workplace relations training programs and technical assistance.

Leading the launch was Board Secretary Augusto Aquillo who said that DOLE is prepared to engage and motivate enterprises using this package of interventions in order to help them achieve and realize positive business outcomes.  In the end, this will benefit both workers and enterprises through higher real incomes and higher revenues.

Posted:  February 24, 2016

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