Held every two years, the Productivity Olympics is once again ready to bestow the much-coveted recognition of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to nine micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which have demonstrated business and resource management excellence and best productivity improvement in their workplaces.

 

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, on the occasion of the 2015 National Productivity Olympics awarding ceremonies to be held today at the Hotel Jen Manila, Pasay City, has expressed her anticipation on the event’s success, saying:

 

“The competition “is exciting, inspiring, and challenging because we will have a last ringside view of our finalists’ combined worth in terms of dedication to improve their business processes and employee’s welfare.”

 

Baldoz, who has consistently attended the three consecutive Productivity Olympics, said during her administration, “Every two years since I became Secretary of Labor and Employment, I look forward to the occasion because of the opportunity to meet entrepreneurs and workers whose lives have been transformed because of their joint commitment to embark on a productivity journey.”

 

The Productivity Olympics is a national competition which aims to intensify national awareness and commitment to quality and productivity. Launched in 2008, it has become an anticipated biennial event in the labor productivity improvement circle.

 

MSMEs desiring to join the elite roster of enterprises that have championed productivity must first be duly-registered with appropriate government agency like the Department of Trade and Industry, the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the Cooperative Development Authority, whichever applies.

 

To qualify, an MSME must also show implementation of productivity improvement program in their workplace; and ultimately, compliance with the labor standards. National winners of previous Olympics are already ineligible to join.

 

As for the criteria of judging, the DOLE has reinforced its standards on business excellence and resource management.

 

“We all know that the past winners are those which have proven their worth in maintaining balance between business excellence and resource management through improved productivity performance, product diversification, technology upgrade, and market expansion,” Baldoz said, adding:

 

“This is the benchmark we have to match out and even surpass. After all, this is what productivity is all about.”

 

Business excellence, which is given 50 percent in the rating, looks into the following: production performance, 15 percent; Productivity Improvement Programs (PIP) implemented, 10 percent; increase in the number of employees, 5 percent; increase in the number of regular employees, 6 percent; increase in the number of products or services, 4 percent; increase in the number of new markets, 5 percent; and awards and recognition on quality and productivity received by the company, 5 percent.

 

Resource management, on the other hand, which is also given another 50 percent, examines the following factors: workers trained, 10 percent; training programs provided to workers, 5 percent; workforce participation on the design and implementation of Productivity Improvement Programs (PIP), 10 percent; welfare programs placed, 5 percent; gainsharing scheme, 5 percent; quality management systems, 5 percent; new technologies acquired, 5 percent; and programs on safety and health standards, 5 percent.

 

“The Productivity Olympics is a relevant event that serves the purpose of giving due recognition to MSMEs and their owners’ and employees’ hard work,” said Baldoz, acknowledging that 99 percent of the country’s businesses are MSMEs and are the backbone of the economy in terms of employment-generation.

 

For this year’s Olympics, a total of 28 MSMEs are vying for awards in nine categories. The categories are micro agribusiness, micro service, micro industry, small agribusiness, small service, small industry, medium agribusiness, medium service, and medium industry.

 

The finalists and their regions are as follows: (NCR)—Greenlight Power, Inc.; Thousand Oaks Packaging Corporation; Temps and Staffers, Inc.; and Nesabel Corporation; (CAR)—Danny Joan Farm; Praj Pasalubong Center and General Merchandise; and Tabuk Multi-Purpose Cooperative; (Region 2)—Masisit-Dacal Livelihood Cooperative; MB Dacena Jr. Livestock; Lighthouse Cooperative-Ybanag Food Products; and Cauayan Medical Specialists Hospital; (Region3)—Kaunlaran ng Kababaihan Para sa Kinabukasan Association; (Region 4-A)—Calamba Rice Growers Multi-Purpose Cooperative; and St. Jude Multi-Purpose Cooperative; (Region 5)—Guisican Multi-Purpose Cooperative; and Tanvera Corporation; (Region 6)—Pavia Entrepreneurs Multi-Purpose Cooperative; (Region 7)—Amarela Resort; (Region 10)—Integrated Livestock and Poultry Raisers’ Cooperative; (Region 11)—Myler Agribusiness Incorporated; Woodworks Kiln Dried Products; and Davao Agricultural Ventures Corporation; (Region 12)—Dolefil, Inc., Stanfilco Station 88; and Cinco Niñas Resto; (CARAGA)—Surigao Del Sur I Electric Cooperative; and Andres Soriano Memorial Hospital Cooperative.

 

Each of the finalists has passed a thorough and rigid screening process by the National Judging Panel headed by the Secretary Baldoz; and co-chaired by Undersecretaries Ciriaco Lagunzad III, Rebecca Chato, and Nicon Fameronag. Its members include one productivity and quality specialist from the agribusiness, industry, and service sector.

 

Winners in the 2015 Productivity Olympics will receive awards and incentives, such as the Productivity Olympics 2015 trophy and certificate; cash award; use of Productivity Olympics 2015 Award logo for publicity purposes for three (3) years, 2015-2017; and priority endorsement to other training programs and services of the NWPC/RTWPBs and other DOLE agencies.

 

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