Number rose to 9,569 since 2010
MSMEs availing of DOLE productivity training continues to rise

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday bared that 9,569 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have availed of the DOLE’s productivity training and orientation programs in 2012 compared to 8,260 in 2010, or 16 percent.

“The number has been increasing beyond targets, indicating that MSMEs in the country, which comprise 99 percent of all Philippine enterprises, are embracing productivity as a business norm,” Baldoz said at the awarding ceremonies of the 2013 Productivity Olympics.

According to Baldoz, the number of MSMEs trained and oriented on the National Wages and Productivity Commission’s ISTIV, the 5S of good housekeeping, service quality, and green productivity programs has been spectacularly increasing, so much so that in the next three years, the deployment of the DOLE’s productivity improvement programs will follow the value chain approach.

“We will prioritize the growth industries like tourism, manufacturing and agribusiness, covering about 10,000 establishments per year,” explained Baldoz.

At the awards ceremony, Baldoz said the DOLE is also organizing a National Productivity Convention, featuring a “Winners Forum” where past Productivity Olympics winners are invited to share their experiences and practices in addressing their productivity gaps and sustaining the gains from their productivity programs.

“Ibig sabihin niyan, hindi natatapos ang inyong engagement sa amin kapag kayo ay nadeklara nang national winners. Mas magiging malalim pa ang ating relasyon,” Baldoz said in Tagalog.

Baldoz also bared that she had instructed the NWPC to documenting the information, lessons, and insights she had heard from the presentations of the 2013 Productivity Olympics finalists and the exchange of questions and answers between them and the panel of judges at the judging event in October 9.

“We have to use these as advocacy material to communicate the importance and benefits of productivity improvement. These will also help our own program managers in ensuring the responsiveness and relevance of our programs and services to the growth requirements of our MSMEs,” she said.

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