Filipino workers are getting more productive with their production capacity swelling by 4.78 percent during the last quarter of 2004, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported on Tuesday.

Labor and Employment Secretary Patricia A. Sto. Tomas said the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) estimated that the labor productivity in fourth quarter of 2004 rose to P10,039 or 4.78 percent higher than the figures registered in the preceding year.

She said the higher productivity value of Filipino workers triggered the 5.38 percent growth in the Gross Domestic Product during the same period, placing the GDP at P319 billion.

The industry sector posted the most substantial productivity improvement with 7.74 percent increase, bringing its level to P21,032. It was attributed to productivity growth in the construction, mining and quarrying, and manufacturing industries.

Construction had 8.63 percent increase at P7,960; Mining and quarrying, 7.94 percent at P43,573; and manufacturing, 7.76 percent, bringing its level to P25,441.

The electricity, water and gas industries, on the other hand, posted 3.22 percent losses during the period. However, productivity levels remained the highest at P70,521.

Productivity in the service sector, meanwhile, improved by 5.18 percent to P9,840, due largely to the 11.88 percent increase in productivity in finance, insurance, real estate and business service activities.

Also contributing to the sector’s performance were transport, storage and communications where productivity increased by 8.97 percent; wholesale and retail trade by 3.20 percent; and community, social and personal services by 2.85 percent.

Productivity level remained highest in business services at P28, 285, while community, social and personal services posted the lowest at P6,198.

A study on Philippine Labor Productivity by region revealed that from 1999 to 2003, the National Capital Region has the highest labor productivity at an average level of P80,164.

On the average, however, Region 12, has the highest average growth rate of 4.19% for the same five-year period. The lowest was the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with P11,994.

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