Empowering Filipino workers and sustaining the country’s enterprises through productivity and innovation will be the key buzzwords that participants will hear and discuss in the 2014 National Productivity Convention that will take place on Wednesday, 16 October, at the Heritage Hotel in Manila.

“We look forward to the 2014 National Productivity Convention for it will offer us the opportunity to engage micro, small, and medium enterprises–the backbone of the Philippine economy–on the important issue of productivity and innovation which is key to empowering our workers and sustaining the growth of our enterprises towards regional and global competitiveness,” said Baldoz as she primes up publicity for the biennial event.

“This Convention is our contribution to the celebration of October as the National Quality and Productivity Month,” she added.

Secretary Baldoz will deliver a keynote address at the Convention.

This is the third National Productivity Convention since it was first held six years ago.

The National Wages and Productivity Commission, which is organizing and hosting the event, said it had chosen the theme, “Productivity, Innovation, and Enterprise Development: Empowering Workers, Sustaining Enterprises”, as fitting to the thrust of the DOLE of putting productivity and innovation to the fore of its roadmap to decent work that will contribute to the national goal of massive employment generation and substantial poverty reduction.

NWPC Acting Executive Director Patricia Hornilla said the NWPC expects over 250 Convention delegates and participants representing the public and private sector organizations, as well as champions and advocates in the productivity movement.

Main activity at the Convention will be a research forum where experts and resource speakers from the International Labor Organization and Gawad Kalinga Foundation will present studies and researches on the importance of workforce cooperation and character building in promoting productivity.

On policy, Assistant Secretary Rafaelita Aldaba of the Department of Trade and Industry will present a paper on trade reforms, competition, and innovation in relation to the ASEAN Economic Integration 2015, while Undersecretary Fortunato dela Pena of the Department of Science and Technology will present a paper on innovation-led development path in the Philippines.

Like in the previous two National Productivity Convention, the NWPC and its partners will use the event to kick-off the 2015 Productivity Olympics, the country’s national competition for best productivity improvement practices among MSMEs.

“We will unveil the objectives, criteria, mechanics, and prizes of the 2015 Productivity Olympics during the event and hear testimonials from past Olympic winners,” said Director Hornilla.

Also in the Convention, Baldoz will lead officials and partners in the official launch of the DOLE’s newest free programs and services to MSMEs, the Productivity Toolbox, an integrated, ladderized, and needs-based package of productivity improvement programs to assist MSMEs in implementing work process improvements, utilizing resources more efficiently, reducing errors, accidents, downtime, and customer complaints, and improving product quality and delivery.

Expected to deliver messages in the Convention are former Senator Ernesto Herrera of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-ITUC; Edgardo Lacson, President of the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines; DTI Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado; NEDA Deputy Director General Emmanuel F. Esguerra; and Hon. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, Chairperson of the House of Representatives’s Committee on Labor and Employment.

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