Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the year 2014 is Productivity Year for the DOLE, highlighted by the launching of the Productivity Toolbox and by the 26,320 workers of 11,860 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that have benefited from capacity-building on productivity improvement, and productivity training/orientation.

“This year, the DOLE, through the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), has intensified its productivity programs to assist MSMEs in expanding their businesses, enabling them to create more productive and decent jobs and to enhance their contribution to the economy,” said Baldoz at the DOLE’s yearend press conference in Intramuros, Manila.

In September, Secretary Baldoz unveiled the DOLE’s productivity toolbox for MSMEs to further boost their productivity and competitiveness.

The Productivity Toolbox is a ladderized package of developmental assistance to MSMEs to ensure that they transition to more viable and competitive enterprises and to enable them to eventually comply with labor laws, including safety and health standards. It is a needs-based approach to productivity improvement and contains various training courses that MSMEs can avail of.

“MSMEs, which constitute 99.7 percent of registered businesses in the country, are the critical engine of development as they contribute 32 percent of value-added to the Philippine economy. This is why we need to sustain them,” Baldoz said.
The country’s MSMEs account for 61 percent of total employment.

In building MSMEs’ capacities, the Regional Tripartite and Productivity Wage Boards utilize the NWPC Productivity Toolbox to help improve MSMEs’ productivity performance. The toolbox contains training modules; technical assistance on work improvement measurements (time and motion studies) and facility evaluation; and an award system that recognizes best productivity improvement programs.

The training modules consist of basic productivity concepts and measurements (Productivity 101); values-based human resource strategy (ISTIV PAP); 5S of Good Housekeeping; work systems (ISTIV Bayanihan); workplace cooperation on resource efficiency (ISTIV PLUS); productivity and environment (Green ME); error-free service (Service Quality); time and motion study (TMS), among others.

“An MSME can avail of any one of these courses–for free–depending on its capacity-building requirement,” Baldoz said.

In 2014, Baldoz said the NWPC also multiplied its productivity and innovation advocates, or productivity specialists, through a second round of training in partnership with the Temasek Foundation and Nanyang Polytechnic of Singapore. This training collaboration has expanded to include participants from the Department’s social partners and other government agencies, such as the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and Department of Transportation (DOT).

“This is the first time in the history of the DOLE that 240 participants underwent two levels of training on basic productivity concepts and tools, enterprise development, and innovation,” said Baldoz.

The 240 specialists, she explained, will incorporate the productivity toolbox in the DOLE’s new Labor Laws Compliance System. “They will work in convergence with the NCMB, NWPC, BWC, OHSC, ECC and DOLE Regional Offices,” she said.

The labor and employment chief said the country’s mass of MSMEs need to grow and expand to create more productive and decent employment and to optimize their contribution to the economy.

“This is the only way we can realize the overriding goal of inclusive growth: our MSMEs need to grow and expand,” she said.

She further said MSMEs that avail of the free productivity orientation and training programs in the Toolbox should go “all the way”.

“This means allowing their workforce to undergo the training and to innovate by developing a workforce-led productivity improvement program/project (PIP). Most importantly, the MSME must be committed to implement the PIP and document its outcomes,” she said.

For a preview of the Productivity Toolbox and its content, visit the NWPC website www.nwpc.dole.gov.ph and click on the Productivity Toolbox icon, or inquire from the NWPC and its network of Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards.

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