Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, who will be the keynote speaker at the event, will also confer the awards.

“This year’s search aims to intensify national awareness and commitment to quality and productivity and enhance private enterprises’ excellence and performance. It will also showcase best productivity improvement programs of various firms which are worth emulating and can be replicated,” Baldoz said.

A biennial national competition, the Productivity Olympics is open to all MSMEs belonging to the agribusiness, industries, and services sector duly registered with the appropriate government agencies, such as the Department of Trade and Industries (DTI), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and others. Nominees and winners must be labor standards compliant. Most importantly, they must have productivity improvement program (PIP) in place and must never have been a previous Productivity Olympics winner.

All qualified establishments are evaluated by a national judging panel (NJP) according to business excellence and resource management. The Productivity Olympics judging panel is headed by no less than the labor and employment chief as the chairperson.

The agribusiness and industry national judging panel is composed of DOLE Undersecretary Rebecca C. Chato as the Vice Chairperson; Florencia P. Cabatingan of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-International Trade Union Confederation (TUCP-ITUC); Anton Ll. Sayo of the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP); Angelito Sarmiento of the Philippine Quality Awards; and Dr. Agnes T. Banzon of the University of the Philippines-Los Banos (UPLB).

For the services sector, the national judging panel is headed by Secretary Baldoz as chairperson and DOLE Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III as the Vice Chairperson. Its members are Gerard R. Seno of the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP); Nora L. Lacuna of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries (PCCI); and Dr. Manuel Villegas of the Manila Doctors Hospital.

Under business excellence, the NJP assesses a firm on three factors—increase in total productivity; expansion and growth; and award/recognition.

The increase in total productivity for the last three years, 2010-2012, is given 25 percent while receiving an award in the last three years for business excellence from a recognized Productivity and Quality award-giving body comprises five percent of the score.

Twenty percent of the firm’s score is for its expansion and growth. There should be an increase in the number of its employees (five percent) and increase in the number of its regular employees (six percent). An increase in the number of new products or services is given four percent, while the remaining six percent is for the increase in the number of new branches, franchises, or markets, including on-line stores.

The following factors are taken in consideration under the criteria resource management; training of workers as part of productivity improvement programs (PIP), 10 percent; provision of PIP-related trainings to workers, five percent; workers involvement in the design and implementation of PIP/s, 10 percent; institutions of programs and benefits for workers, five percent; certified with Quality Management Standards (QMS) or any similar quality standards issued by recognized bodies such as ISO, HACCP, HALAL, among others, five percent; acquisition of new technologies, 10 percent; and introduction or installation of programs on safety and health or greening the workplace, five percent.

The firm’s performance within the last three years, from 2010 to 2012, is considered and evaluated, with respect to the abovementioned criteria.

For this year’s search, the NJP has selected 21 national finalists who were introduced last 9 October 2013 during the Selection of Winners phase of the Productivity Olympics.

On that occasion, Baldoz urged the national finalists and the growing tribe of productivity winners, practitioners, and advocates to spread the good news that adopting productivity as a business strategy is a meaningful tool to be competitive.

“Each one of the finalists is already winners in their own right for they were able to recognize and realize the importance of incorporating productivity in their workplace. I am proud that they were able to set a benchmark for themselves and achieve their goals, not only for the firm’s success, but for the general well-being of their workers, as well. I do wish that their best practices they have started will be followed, or even enhanced, by other firms, too,” Baldoz said.

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