News Release
Department of Labor and Employment
May 4, 2021

NWPC launches 2021 Productivity Olympics in the New Normal

The National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) together with its Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) officially opened the call for entries for the 2021 Productivity Olympics–a national competition of the best practices on survival and resilience in the new normal of micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) nationwide.

This year, the Productivity Olympics will have a new face as it recognizes and benchmarks establishments that have demonstrated resilience and overcome difficulties amid the COVID pandemic, to reach their targets, sustain growth, while preserving jobs. Rallying behind its theme “Bounce Back Better”, the 2021 Productivity Olympics is also a confidence-building strategy for MSMEs who are still reeling from the impact of the pandemic.

A kick-off ceremony was held on April 27, 2021 via Zoom and livestreamed on the NWPC’s Facebook page. It was attended by the DOLE senior officials, members of the Commission, chairpersons and members of the 16 Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards, and representatives from micro, small, and medium enterprises nationwide.

In her opening remarks, Undersecretary Ana C. Dione recognized the challenges brought about by the pandemic and emphasized that the endeavor is important because it will help MSMEs bounce back better.

“Together, let us find and recognize MSMEs that practiced and lived up to the principles of business excellence despite the pandemic,” said Undersecretary Dione.

Meanwhile, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III emphasized the role of business continuity plans and productivity improvement programs in the economic resilience of the country. He also encouraged MSMEs to participate in the search.

“These are the best practices that the 2021 Productivity Olympics will look for in selecting the national winners. It will recognize MSMEs that were able to continue business operations, kept their employees engaged and committed to their business goals, and preserved employment amid the pandemic,” Secretary Bello said.

NWPC Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy presented the mechanics and criteria of this year’s Productivity Olympics and echoed the Secretary’s invitation for MSMEs to participate in this year’s Olympics.

The contest is open for all MSMEs duly registered with appropriate government agencies and must have been in operation for at least the last six months in 2020. MSMEs must also be compliant to labor and occupational safety and health standards as well as with safety and health protocols to prevent COVID-19 infection and transmission.

MSMEs will be screened by the Regional and National Screening Committees. The national finalists selected by the National Screening Committees will be endorsed to the National Judging Panel who will select this year’s batch of national winners.

Nine successful MSMEs will be hailed as Productivity Olympics national winners for the nine categories – micro, small, and medium enterprises for agribusiness, service, and industry sectors. They will each receive a cash award of P150,000, a Productivity Olympics trophy, and priority endorsement to other training programs and service of the NWPC, RTWPBs, and other DOLE agencies.

Interested MSMEs may join through the RTWPB having jurisdiction over the place where they are located. For more information about the 2021 Productivity Olympics, kindly visit the official website www.nwpc.dole.gov.ph and Facebook page of the National Wages and Productivity Commission. # # #

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2021 Productivity Olympics in the New Normal, inilunsad ng NWPC

Opisyal nang binuksan ng National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), kasama ang Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB), ang aplikasyon para sa mga lalahok sa 2021 Productivity Olympics – isang pambansang kompetisyon ng best practice para sa pagpupunyagi at pagiging matatag sa “new normal” ng mga micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sa buong bansa.

Sa taong ito, ang Productivity Olympics ay magkakaroon ng bagong mukha sa pagkilala sa mga establisimyento na nagpamalas ng katatagan upang lampasan ang mga paghihirap dulot ng pandemyang Covid, makamit ang kanilang target, ipagpatuloy ang pag-unlad, kasabay ng pagpapanatili ng trabaho.

Sa temang “Bounce Back Better,” ang 2021 Productivity Olympics ay isang istratehiyang nagpapalakas sa kompetensiya ng mga MSME na naapektuhan ng pandemya.

Isang panimulang seremonya ang ginanap noong Abril 27, 2021 sa pamamagitan ng Zoom at livestream sa NWPC Facebook page. Ito ay dinaluhan ng DOLE senior official, Commission members, chairperson at members ng 16 RTWPB, at mga kinatawan mula sa micro, small, and medium enterprises sa buong bansa.

Sa kanyang panimulang salita, kinilala ni Undersecretary Ana C. Dione ang mga hamong dala ng pandemya at kanyang binigyang-diin ang kahalagahan ng pagsusumikap ng MSME upang muling makabangon.

“Together, let us find and recognize MSMEs that practiced and lived up to the principles of business excellence despite the pandemic,” wika ni Undersecretary Dione.

Samantala, binigyang-diin ni Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III ang kahalagahan ng pagkakaroon ng business continuity plans at productivity improvement programs para maging matatag ang ekonomiya ng bansa. Kanya ring hinimok ang mga MSME na lumahok sa kompetisyon.

“These are the best practices that the 2021 Productivity Olympics will look for in selecting the national winners. It will recognize MSMEs that were able to continue business operations, kept their employees engaged and committed to their business goals, and preserved employment amid the pandemic,” pahayag ni Secretary Bello.

Inilahad ni NWPC Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy ang mechanics at criteria ng Productivity Olympics at muling hinikayat ang mga MSME na lumahok sa gaganaping Olympics ngayong taon.

Bukas ang paligsahan para sa lahat ng MSME na rehistrado sa mga kinauukulang ahensiya ng pamahalaan at hindi bababa sa anim na buwan ang operasyon nitong 2020. Dapat ding sumusunod ang mga ito sa labor and occupational safety and health standards gayundin sa safety and health protocols upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19.

Ang mga lalahok na MSME ay sasailalim sa pagsusuri ng Regional and National Screening Committee. At ang mapipiling national finalist ng National Screening Committee ay iiendorso sa National Judging Panel na siyang pipili para sa national winner ngayong taon.

Siyam na matagumpay na MSME ang tatanghaling national winner ng Productivity Olympics para sa siyam na kategorya – micro, small, and medium enterprises para sa agribusiness, service, at industry sectors.

Tatanggap ang bawat isa ng cash award na P150,000, Productivity Olympics trophy, at priority endorsement para sa iba pang programang pagsasanay at serbisyo mula sa NWPC, RTWPBs, at iba pang ahensiya ng DOLE.

Maaaring lumahok ang mga interesadong MSME sa RTWPB sa kanilang lugar. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon ukol sa 2021 Productivity Olympics, maaaring bisitahin ang official website www.nwpc.dole.gov.ph at Facebook page ng National Wages and Productivity Commission. # # #

 

 

 

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