As the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) awards today the 2015 Productivity Olympics winners, Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz remarked that past victors have one quality in common – they have proven their worth in maintaining the balance between business excellence and resource management.
“The Productivity Olympics is a venue and a platform to showcase, to pay fitting tribute, and to recognize the remarkable stories of MSMEs,” Baldoz said.
Organized by the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), in coordination with the 17 Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs), the biennial event aims to recognize the best of the country’s micro, small, and medium enterprises in the agri-business, industry, and services sectors.
In 2013, a total of 10 enterprises were recognized as Productivity Olympics winners.
In the agribusiness sector, the previous recipients were Honey Bee Producers Multi-Purpose Cooperative in CALABARZON (micro-enterprise); San Rafael Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Western Visayas (small firms); and Elim Agricultural Supply-Poultry Dressing Plant in Northern Mindanao (medium enterprise).
In the industry sector, the past awardees were Daet Food Association in Bicol (micro-enterprise); Goldwin Manufacturing Laboratories Corporation and Sunlight Foods Corporation, both from the National Capital Region (small firms); and Marcia’s Delicacies in Ilocos Region (medium enterprise).
In the service sector, the previous winners were Big Norman’s Garden Supplies and Services in Bicol (micro-enterprise); Almora General Hospital in Cordillera Administrative Region (small firms); and Davao Adventist Hospital in Davao Region (medium enterprise).
Commending the previous Productivity Olympics victors, the labor and employment chief said: “The past winners have proven their worth in maintaining balance between business excellence and resource management through improved productivity performance, product diversification, technology upgrade, and market expansion.”
For instance, the Secretary added, “Sunlight Foods Corporation, one of the national winners in 2013, has grown from a micro backyard fruit processor with six workers to a medium-sized enterprise with 50 personnel, serving the fruit preserve requirements of industry giants and market leaders like Gardenia Phil. Inc., Chowking, Red Ribbon, Unilever, Selecta Ice Cream and Fitrite.”
Sunlight Foods’ success was ignited by its set-up of a quality management system, capacity building for its workers on productivity, skills and values, and upgrading of its processing facility and equipment capabilities.
In health care, Davao Adventist Hospital bagged a national Productivity Olympics award for having posted improvements in the quality of patient care, laboratory services, revenues, and salaries of its workers, among other growth indicators.
These became possible because the hospital upgraded its facilities and equipment, implemented a Quality Management System, and involved greatly its workers in quality and productivity improvement through the organization of small group empowerment.
Markenburg Foods International, a leading confectionery manufacturer, became a national winner in 2011. The enterprise attributes its success to the competence and commitment of its people to achieve desired results, and to excellence by applying innovative technologies.
“They are only a few of the truly commendable. There is an inexhaustible list of inspiring stories which continue to unfold and which we can learn from,” Baldoz said.
Addressing this year’s champions, Baldoz said, “This year’s winners now join the elite roster of enterprises that have championed productivity, benefited from it, and continues on their chosen productivity journeys. We welcome you to the fold. As exemplars of productivity, we expect you to engage in various productivity advocacy activities in the coming months.”
The 2015 Productivity Olympics, held today at Hotel Jen in Pasay City, is the fourth awarding ceremony to be held since its inception in 2008. The previous Productivity Olympics took place in 2009, 2011, and 2013.