Baldoz,  Nanyang Polytechnic, and Temasek Foundation
lead media launch of phase 2 of productivity training for Philippine professionals

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

The media event, held at the Occupational Safety and Health Center in Quezon City, was attended by Boon Hwee Bong, 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 delivered messages at the media event and answered questions on productivity and about the training program. Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III, Head of the DOLE’s Social Protection and Labor Standards Cluster, delivered the welcome remarks.

Baldoz 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.

“MSMEs serve as the backbone of the Philippine economy and, therefore, there is a need to nurture their growth and development by improving their productivity and enhancing competitiveness,” she said.

The learning journeys of the participants to the first phase of the program were the  highlight of the media event. It featured a photo exhibit and the testimonials of Ritchie Romero, President and Chief Executive of RBest Foods Corporation, and Josefina Lucille C. Dela Cruz, general manager of the Ati-Atihan Festival Hotel and Conference Center. The two are among the CEOs of the 10 MSMEs that the DOLE and the NWPC sent for training to Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore.

Members of the media covering the event interviewed some of the CEOs who attended the productivity part of the program in Singapore. They narrated how they transformed their companies into productive and competitive enterprises after they have launched productivity improvement initiatives in their respective companies.

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

Phase 1 of the program, completed last 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, Secretar 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 a year ago, we have clinched 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.

The total number of participants in the second phase will reach 110, according to Baldoz.

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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