The NWPC and RTWPBs held its 2018 planning exercise on February 7-8, 2018 at the Newtown Plaza Hotel in Baguio City with Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III and Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy presiding.
Speaking on behalf of Secretary Silvestre Bello H. III, Undersecretary Lagunzad emphasized the alignment of wage and productivity policies with the Department’s major agenda to end illegitimate forms of contractualization, address unemployment and underemployment, and enhance social protection for the vulnerable sectors.
Anticipating the speculative behavior of the market, Undersecretary Lagunzad said the Boards should allow the full implementation of Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) to play out before making a decision on the wage issue. He underscored that access to accurate and relevant information is important to managing expectations.
Meanwhile, Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy called on the Boards to be more keen in monitoring their region’s socioeconomic conditions, especially with the rollout of TRAIN, and to regularly communicate results of their review to the Commission.
As inputs to the planning exercise, resource speakers were invited to discuss the impact of TRAIN. National Tax Research Center Director Trinidad A. Rodriguez presented the salient features of the law and its impact on household income, revenue, and government spending. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Director Zeno Ronald R. Abenoja discussed the impact of TRAIN on monetary policies and inflation. Department of Trade and Industry Director Lilian G. Salonga apprised the group on levels and trends of retail prices of basic commodities and on measures being taken to ensure stability of prices.
The planning session commenced with an assessment of the 2017 accomplishments facilitated by DED Patricia P. Hornilla for the Two-Tiered Wage System and Director Elvira P. Jota for the Productivity Toolbox, Tamang Kaalaman sa Kita at Kakayanan (T3K), and Management Support Services.
To set the strategic direction for 2018, DED Jeanette T. Damo presented the 2018 NWPC Policy and Program Thrusts and priority or target beneficiaries/sectors for the deployment of its wage policies and productivity programs. Finance and administrative matters were discussed by Finance Management Division Chief Editha M. Saus and Administrative Division Chief Marc Alexis M. Arabe while Director Elvira P. Jota discussed the 2018 Quality Management System (QMS) plans particularly the preparatory activities for the upcoming surveillance audit of TUV Rheinland.
In addition to the regular programs of the Commission and the Boards, a new initiative called the NWPC Recognition System for Productivity Specialists and Experts was presented by Atty. Stephanie Tabladillo-Yanson. The program aims to expand capacities of MSMEs to advanced and more complex productivity tools and techniques.