DOLE joins Rotary in honoring Filipino workers

The Department of Labor and Employment and the Rotary Club of Manila (RCM) will recognize and honor outstanding Filipino workers in the manufacturing and service industries with TOWER, or The Outstanding Workers of the Republic awards.

The award is spearheaded by the RCM, the oldest Rotary club in Asia, in partnership with the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP), Petron Foundation Inc. (PFI) and the labor department to pay tribute to exemplary non-supervisory blue-collar workers. The award is aimed at promoting wider recognition of the Filipino worker and the dignity of labor in industries.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the awards will help drive the Filipino workers pursue excellence in the workplace and push Filipino labor to become more globally competitive.

“This brings together management experts and industry leaders to recognize the exemplars among their pool of productive men and women. We are seeing here a partnership that tends to encourage the ordinary hand in the workplace to perform extraordinarily to become an inspiration to others,” Bello said at awards launch in Makati late last week.

Nominations will be accepted from companies whose primary core of businesses are in the manufacturing such as automotive, drugs, pharmaceutical & health, electrical, food, beverage and tobacco; leather; machinery and equipment; metal processing and farming; packaging; rubber and plastics; and textile and garments.

In addition, workers in communication, tourism, business or professional services (such as security agencies), transportation, banking and financial institutions, information technology and e-commerce, BPO and other similar industries are also eligible to be nominated.

Former labor secretary Bienvenido Laguesma, the TOWER awards committee chairperson, said nominees should be skilled non-supervisory worker, whose job is directly involved in the main activity of the enterprise, has a consistent record of high level of performance, and of good moral character.

Laguesma also said the awardee must have extraordinary or innovative ideas, systems, or designs which have brought beneficial results to the company and work environment in terms of significant improvements in quality, productivity, cost-reduction, and competitiveness; has outstanding accomplishments or contribution which enhanced the development of skills, trade and occupation, and has exemplary, distinctive, consistently excellent performance that sets him or her apart from others, thus making him worthy of emulation and special recognition.

The awards committee will name 10 winners who will each receive a trophy, a P100,000 cash prize and a P100,000 insurance coverage for accident and death.

Nomination forms are available at the PMAP Office at 670, Lee Street, Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City, with tel. nos. (02) 726 1532.

The deadline for submission of nominations and documents is on September 30, 2018.

#Paul Ang

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