RTWPB launches 2017 Productivity Olympics PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 March 2017 13:35

by RG Antonet Go


The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) 9 recently launched the search for the 2017 Productivity Olympics, to showcase best productivity improvement programs and practices.

Productivity Olympics is a biennial national competition for the best productivity improvement programs in micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) nationwide. Its objectives are to intensify national awareness and commitment to quality and productivity, encourage MSMEs to adopt productivity improvement programs, practices and showcase best productivity improvement programs.

Micro Industry, Small Industry, and Medium Industry in the private sector may join in the search, as long as they are registered with the appropriate government agencies such as Department of Trade and Industry, Security and Exchange Commission and others, must have productivity improvement program existing for two years under the National Wages and Productivity Commission’s I.S.T.I.V program, compliant with labor standards, and never been a recipient of the Productivity Olympics award at the National level.

ISTIV is an acronym for Industrious, Systematic, Time Conscious, Innovative and Strong Value for Work (ISTIV).

There are three categories for MSMEs to join in the following sectors, Agribusiness MSMEs, Service MSMEs, and Industry MSMEs. Micro employs 1 to 9 employees, small 10 to 99 employees and medium 100 to 199 employee.

Joel Ijirani, RTWPB 9 Board Secretary said, this will intensify national awareness and commitment to quality and productivity and enhance establishment’s performance in quality and productivity.

“Prinsipya kita with our information drive, hoping we can encourage firms ali na region to join,” Ijirani said.

Criteria for judging will be - Business Excellence 50% which is composed of total productivity 25%, expansion and growth 20% and awards and recognition 5%. Another 50% will be for resources management people 35%, systems, technology, and green 15%.

Nomination is now open and entries must be submitted at the RTWPB 9 office before May 30.

The Regional Screening Committee is composed of the Regional Wage Board which is composed of Edgar Lim, Roberto Valerio, Jose Suan, Rey Anthony Trio, National Economic Development Authority IX (NEDA) Regional Director Teresita Socorro C. Ramos, Department of Trade and Industry IX (DTI) Regional Director, Sitti Amina Jain and DOLE Regional Director and Wage Board Chairman, Sisinio B. Cano.

Regional awarding is scheduled on the third or fourth week of June while the national awarding will be on October, in time for the National Quality and Productivity Improvement Month.

Those who will win in the Regional level will represent the region in the National Productivity Olympics on October 2017, where cash and other prizes are at stake.

Recall, a company from Zamboanga City emerged as the national winner in the National Productivity Olympics 2015. The Myler Agribusiness Incorporated won in the Agribusiness, Small Category. (R.G. A A. Go)