Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said that  the DOLE’s National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) and its 16 Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) have provided productivity orientation and trained 15,977 workers of 6,379 companies nationwide, upgrading  their efficiency and competitiveness.

“We believe that achieving productivity means harnessing the Filipino spirit of bayanihan (teamwork) in the workplace based on a commonly-shared ISTIV Values applied to work systems by both owners and workers, especially among micro, small, and medium enterprises,” said Baldoz.

Citing a report of NWPC Executive Director Criselda Sy, Baldoz said that from January to June 2014,  the NWPC and the 16 RTWPBs have conducted Productivity 101 orientation to 4,309 companies which benefitted 9,940 workers, compared to only 2,551 establishments with 5,558 workers during the same period in 2013.

They have also provided ISTIV training to 2,070 companies which benefitted 6,037 workers. The ISTIV training include ISTIV Plus, ISTIV Bayanihan, Service Quality,  and 5S. During first semester of 2013, the NWPC and the RTWPBs only covered 2,707 workers in 912 establishments with these ISTIV Training.

ISTIV is a values-driven human resource strategy for quality and productivity (Q&P) improvement rooted on the five ideal attributes of a productive worker–Industrious, Systematic, Time-conscious, Innovative, and with strong value for work. This DOLE program is aimed at providing  technical support for the growth of micro-enterprises to become productive and competitive in the market.

Productivity 101, on the other hand, is about basic productivity concepts and measurements, values awareness program, 5S of good housekeeping (Sort, Systemize, Sweep, Standardize and Self-discipline), and a requirement to the more advanced productivity training programs of DOLE.

Productivity 101 and ISTIV training are part of the DOLE’s expanded productivity programs in line with the strengthened implementation of DOLE’s wage policy reform, which advocates for a tighter link between pay and productivity.

“What makes the DOLE’s productivity  strategy more unique from the rest is that all our productivity advocacy and capacity-building interventions are offered free to MSMEs,” said Baldoz.

In 2010, the DOLE had consolidated all training programs, and developed and deployed improved modules on quality and productivity technologies to strengthen productivity advocacy.


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