Baldoz announces NWPC’s National Productivity Convention on 16 October

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday the holding of the National Wages and Productivity Commission’s biennial National Productivity Convention on 16 October 2014, at a venue still to be determined.

“Early on, local and international productivity experts and practitioners have expressed interest and desire to join the 16 October National Productivity Convention and we at the DOLE are excited,” said Baldoz in her announcement.

Held every two years, the National Productivity Convention  is aimed at stimulating productivity growth, especially in the country’s micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that employ about two-thirds of the Filipino workforce.

“The  productivity and competitiveness of MSMEs need to be improved since they constitute 99.7 percent of the country’s registered businesses employing a majority of the workforce. With increased productivity through innovation, MSMEs would be able to provide more jobs and, thus, empower more workers to contribute to growth,” Baldoz said.

The convention theme is Productivity and Innovation: Empowering Workers. Sustaining Enterprises.

“The two-day Convention is a major undertaking of the NWPC, an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment. It aims to communicate the importance of productivity and innovation through expanding  workers’ knowledge  and skills and building sustainable  competitive enterprises,”  said Baldoz.

The labor and employment chief observed that the Convention is very timely, coming as it does when productivity and innovation at the local front are boosting the global competitiveness of the country’s MSMEs.

This is because of our reforms to strengthen enterprise productivity and competitiveness,” she said, explaining that the DOLE has strengthened and expanded its Productivity Improvement Program (PIP) for MSMEs,  for the first time linking minimum wage and productivity wage increases and benefits under the under the Two-Tier Wage System (TTWS).

On this, Baldoz said the NWPC has started issuing advisories on the establishment of PIPs in all regions, including the conduct of compliance assessments in companies with PIPs.

“In 2013, for the first time, 359 companies have been issued certificates of compliance on the PIPs,” she said.

To boost productivity, the DOLE has also converged the program on labor management cooperation of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board and the PIPs of the NWPC, resulting to the establishment of 71 LMCs for Productivity in 2013 and 163 during the first half of 2014.

“We have expanded productivity-based pay schemes in Voluntary Codes of Good Practices between workers and management towards self-regulation, including in Collective Bargaining Agreements,” said Baldoz.

Also for the first time, Baldoz said the DOLE, Temasek Foundation, and Nanyang Polytechnic of Singapore implemented an agreement for an expansive training of productivity specialists including workers, employers, and other government agencies, such as the DTI and DOST. Under the 2013 partnership agreement, 120 officials and technical staff of the DOLE, NWPC, and RTWPBs, as well as a select number of productivity beneficiaries from the private sector participated in an intensive training on productivity concepts, measurements, tools, technologies, and best practices to help intensify and expand the productivity movement in the country.

Last April, the partners launched another capacity-building project on innovation and enterprise development, attended by 110 participants consisting of DOLE-NWPC senior officials, program managers, implementers, strategic partners from the DOST, DTI, DA and DOT, and social partners representing labor, employers, and the academe.

“This is by far the largest training delegation the Philippines has sent abroad. We are expecting that the training participants will implement projects that will push to a higher level the advocacy for productivity, innovation, and enterprise development, as well as productivity improvement programs in their respective organizations,” Baldoz said.

For this year’s convention, NWPC Executive Director Criselda Sy  said that productivity experts from the country’s labor, management, and education sectors, along with their counterparts from international organizations, will discuss best practices in productivity improvements and the challenges and strategies  in building  sustainable enterprises, as well as expanding workers’ skill,  through productivity and innovation.

The Productivity Olympics is a national competition of best productivity improvement programs focused on people development and business excellence of MSMEs.

End/letmaring

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