Baldoz leads media launch of phase 2 productivity training for the Philippine professionals in partnership with Nanyang Polytechnic and Temasek Foundation

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz will lead officials of the DOLE and the National Wages and Productivity Commission and their partners, specifically the top officials of the Nanyang  Polytehnic International and Temasek Foundation in Singapore, in unveiling to the media the Phase 2 of the capacity building program on productivity, innovation, and enterprise development, or PIE.

The media event will be held at the Occupational Safety and Health Center in Quezon City, to be attended  by Boon Hwee Ong, Board Member of the Temasek Foundation and his colleagues, the government and private sector participants to the first phase of the program, and the DOLE’s tripartite partners.

Secretary Baldoz and Mr. Boon will deliver messages at the media launch and answer questions on productivity and about the training program. Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III, Head of the DOLE’s Social Protection and Labor Standards Cluster, will deliver the welcome remarks.

Undersecretary Danilo P. Cruz, DOLE Acting Secretary, said the event is an opportunity for members of the media to know the DOLE’s and the NWPC’s efforts to push productivity, innovation, and enterprise development high on the agenda of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which comprise 99 percent of total business enterprises and generate 60 percent of total employment in the country.

Echoing Secretary Baldoz, Cruz said MSMEs serve as the backbone of the Philippine economy and, therefore, there is need to nurture their development by improving their productivity and enhancing competitiveness.

“The learning journey of the participants to the first phase of the program will be the highlight of the media launch. We believe MSMEs that struggle to develop and grow their enterprises need to hear them and learn from their experiences on how they transformed their businesses through productivity improvements,” said Cruz.

The media launch will feature a photo exhibit and testimonials of Ritchie Romero, President and Chief Executive of RBest Foods Corp., and Josefina Lucille C. Dela Cruz, general manager of the Ati-Atihan Festival Hostel and Conference Center. The two are among the CEOs of the 10 MSMEs that the DOLE and the NWPC sent for the training to Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore.

“The rest of the CEOs of the 10 MSMEs will be available for interviews. They will narrate how they transformed their companies. Some will tell the stories on how they increased their sales and their employment, as well as how they shared the gains of their productivity improvements with their workers that these workers now are more highly-motivated,” explained Nicon F. Fameronag, Director of the DOLE’s Labor Communications Office.

The PIE training program is a collaboration between the DOLE-NWPC, Nanyang Polytechnic International, the training provider, and the Temasek Foundation which financially supported the program.

Phase 1 of the program, completed just this March, saw 120 participants visiting the Nanyang Polytechnic and training at varied lengths of time on the various productivity modules. The participants were composed of chief executive officers, chief operating officers, managers and supervisors from the private sector, and senior officials, program managers, and junior officers from DOLE and its agencies, specifically, the National Wages and Productivity Commission—the training program’s executing agency, and its Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards.
Last Monday, Secretary Baldoz announced the commencement of Phase 2 of the program in a brief ceremony at the Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore, before she headed for Geneva on an official mission.
More than year ago, we have climbed a historic partnership agreement with Temasek Foundation and Nanyang Polytechnic International for the training of 120 Filipinos to learn from Singapore’s phenomenal productivity journey, and to immerse themselves in productivity concepts, measurements, technologies, and best productivity practices that can be replicated by our MSMEs,” said Baldoz.
“Today, we embark on the second phase of the training to provide a seamless and holistic approach in what we currently do at the DOLE to enable our MSMEs to thrive and develop. The training will tighten the link between productivity and innovation and enterprise development, so that “our package of assistance to MSMEs will be complete, more efficient, and effective,” she added.
Any question about this release? Please call Director Nicon F. Fameronag, Labor Communications Office, DOLE, at +63 949 913 9682, or email at aralcalil@yahoo.com.
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