Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said efforts of the Department of Labor and Employment, through its attached agency, the National Wages and Productivity Commission, to encourage micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) embrace productivity are anchored on a strategy focused on people, or human resource.

In her keynote address at the awarding ceremonies of the 2013 Productivity Olympics held at the grand ballroom of the Century Park Hotel, Baldoz said the DOLE sees the Productivity Olympics as an affirmative action to productivity, not just in the course of business but as a way of life.

She said the Productivity Olympics is also aimed at improving efficiency in work systems and processes and at promoting green, safe, and healthy work environment to minimize  work accidents, production losses and wastages.

“It teaches joint problem-solving skills, and recognizes good performance through a reward and incentive system that enables the companies to share their gains in productivity with its workers,” Baldoz explained.

“But, what  brand of productivity technology unique to DOLE  does it offer to its clients compared to those offered by other organizations, public or private?” she asked.

The answer, the labor and employment chief, is the DOLE’s package of  intervention focusing on human resource as the best asset of companies.

“This intervention uses capacity building programs designed primarily  to change the mind set of people towards positive work attitudes and values and  help address problems of work ethics and discipline, like insubordination, absenteeism,  tardiness, dishonesty, and similar attitudinal problems,” she said.

The Productivity Olympics is a biennial national competition of best MSME productivity programs.

Launched in 2008 by the NWPC, the Productivity Olympics is an advocacy strategy to raise the level of awareness of Filipinos and their commitment to quality and productivity.

The productivity awards are categorized by sector–agribusiness, industry, and services–across establishment size–micro, small, and medium-sized. For each sector and size category, the NWPC evaluates the entrants’, nominees’, and winners’ productivity programs and their impact on business performance and resource management.

As chairman of the National Judging Panel of the Olympics, Baldoz congratulated the national and regional winners, including the members of the national panel of judges.

“I am privileged and honored to celebrate with you the outstanding quality and productivity practices of our entrepreneurs and workers of micro, small and medium enterprises,” she said.

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