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25 MSMEs vie for DOLE-NWPC’s 2011 Productivity Olympics

MANILA, Oct. 27 – Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz on Thursday said that 25 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have been chosen as finalists competing for nine “National Productivity Champions” title in the 2011 Productivity Olympics Award.

The Productivity Olympics, a biennial event organized by the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) in cooperation with its Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards, recognizes micro, small, and medium enterprises that demonstrate excellence and best productivity improvement after receiving technical assistance from the NWPC, an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

“The Productivity Olympics is a national competition of best productivity improvement programs of MSMEs and aims to raise awareness and commitment to quality and productivity,” said Baldoz.

“Through the Productivity Olympics, we showcase the best productivity improvement practices,” she said.

The 25 MSMEs finalists in the 2011 Productivity Olympics are vying for awards in nine categories. The categories are micro agribusiness, micro service, micro industry, small agribusiness, small service, small industry, medium agribusiness, medium service, and medium industry.

Beneficiaries of productivity improvement programs of the NWPC, the 25 finalists in this year’s Productivity Olympics have passed a thorough and rigid screening process.

Cash prizes, trophies, and other special privileges await the 2011 national winners which will be announced at the awarding ceremonies today at the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila.

The finalists and their regions are as follows: Pamora Farm, Inc. (CAR); Our Tribe Food Products “Kalinga Blend” (CAR); Kabinnulig Para ti Panagdur-as ti Abra, Inc. (CAR); Technovate Enterprises (NCR); Stanfilco Makilala Labor Union Consumers’ Store (XII); Davao Dragon Fortune Corporation (XI); J. Peyra Poultry Farm (V); Linabu Agrarian Multi-purpose Cooperative (X); San Rafael Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multipurpose Cooperative (VI); Bert Initial Art & Design Center (V); Farmtec Foods, Inc. IV-A); J. Emmanuel Pastries (V); Reliance Transcriptions, Inc. (XI); St. Joseph Academy (VII); Abrasa Multi-Purpose Cooperative (II); Almora General Hospital (CAR); King’s Quality Foods (Cebu) Inc. (VII); Markenburg International Foods Corporation (III); Tesoro’s Printing Press (XI); Zaragosa Foods Corporation (IX); Elim Agricultural Supply Poultry Dressing Plant (X); Davao Adventist Hospital (XI); Dolores Tropicana Resort (XII); and Escalante Public and Private School Teachers and Employees Multi-purpose Cooperative (VI).

Launched in 2008, the Productivity Olympics has become an anticipated biennial event in the labor productivity improvement circle.

This year’s Olympics has new and improved criteria, which focused on business excellence and resource management. Business excellence looks into production performance, grants and expansion, and awards and recognition received by the company on quality and productivity.

Resource management, on the other hand, examines the management system, technological innovations, green workplace practices, capacity building activities, workforce participation on the design and implementation of Productivity Improvement Programs (PIP), and labor and human relations program, including gain-sharing schemes and practices introduced by the company.

The NWPC has received 63 regional nominees this year, which were pre-screened by the National Screening Committee and trimmed down to 25 finalists.

At one time or another during the previous two years, these nominees, including many other MSMEs, have benefited from any or all of the NWPC’s PIP, namely, ISTIV Bayanihan, Service Quality for Key Employment Generators, Green My Enterprise, Learning Sessions on Wages and Productivity, Work Improvement and Measurement Study, and Succeeding in Business.

The national productivity champions were selected by a judging panel composed of Secretary Baldoz; ECOP Deputy Director General Roland Moya; TUCP Deputy General Secretary Cedric Bagtas; and Rosehall Management Consultants, Inc. Chairman Juan Q. Quintos, Jr.

NWPC Executive Director Ciriaco Lagunzad Jr. said the Productivity Olympics aims to intensify national awareness on the importance of productivity improvement towards global competitiveness and economic development and stimulate the competitive spirit of the MSMEs to align themselves with global companies. (PNA) RMA/PR/utb

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