Philippine delegations composed of Tripartite Senior Officials visit program, Innovation and Enterprise Development at Nangyang Polytechnic International, Singapore sponsored by Temasek Foundation

March 31-April 4, 2014

To sustain the country's economic growth, Baldoz rallies MSMEs to embrace productivity and pursue innovation

Saying the only way to sustain the country's economic growth and to create jobs is for micro, small, and medium enterprises, or MSMEs, to improve productivity and pursue innovation, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday urged a re-thinking of processes and strategies that will make MSMEs truly competitive, quality-conscious, and innovative.

"We have to embrace productivity and innovation by crushing the myths that these are expensive and unfriendly to workers. Productivity and innovation need not destroy jobs, but rather create them. These should make enterprises strong, competitive, and profitable, not stunt growth," said Baldoz at the opening ceremony of Phase 2 of the training on productivity, innovation, and enterprise development at the Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore.

"Over the long run, investments in productivity improvements will bear handsome dividends in the form of higher product quality and service reliability that could spell out enterprise growth," she added.

Baldoz explained that productivity and innovation is the way to go for the Philippines because 99 percent of all its enterprises are MSMES whose employment share tallies to 60 percent of the country's total employment.

"MSMEs are home grown industries. They are our economy's backbone. They cannot easily re-locate, or pull-out to some ideal location or market, on account of their size. So, we have to nurture them and guide them along the path towards productivity and innovation to make them strong and competitive. That's how we can create jobs," she explained.

Baldoz expressed delight that the Nanyang Polytechnic and the Temasek Foundation of Singapore have continued onto the second phase the training on productivity they started last year. She also thanked Lin Cheong Tan, Chief Executive Officer of the Nanyang Polytechnic, and Gerald Yeo, Director for Programs and Partnerships of Temasek Foundation, for supporting the training, particularly the second phase, which focuses on innovation and enterprise development.


"More than a year ago, we have clinched a historic partnership agreement with Temasek Foundation and Nanyang Polytechnic International for the training of 120 Filipinos to learn from Singapore's phenomenal productivity journey, and to immerse themselves in productivity concepts, measurements, technologies, and best productivity practices that can be replicated by our micro, small, and medium enterprises. Today, we embark on the second phase of the training to provide a seamless and holistic approach in what we currently do at the DOLE to enable our MSMEs to thrive and develop," said Baldoz.

The participants in the second phase of the training are DOLE Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III and Assistant Secretary Ma. Gloria A. Tango; Directors Lily Pearl Guerero (Administrative Service); Nenita Crestita O. Garcia; Mary Grace L. Riguer (Institute for Labor Studies); Violeta M. Munoz (National Reintegration Center for OFWs); Emma V. Sinclair (Overseas Workers' Welfare Administration); Executive Director Maria Criselda Sy (National Wages and Productivity Commission); and Deputy Executive Director Jose Maria S. Batino (Occupational Safety and Health Center; Regional Director Alexander R. Madrigal (Department of Science and Technology); Director Mary June Bugante (Department of Tourism); Assistant Secretary Blesila A. Lantayona (Department of Trade and Industry); Director Asterio P. Saliot (Agricultural Training Institute); and Leoncio T. Cubillas of the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries.

Also participating are representatives of labor Excel Bacalso (Nagkaisa); Alfredo Maranan (Federation of Free Workers); and Roland dela Cruz (Trade Union Congress of the Philippines). From the employers' sector, attending the training are Sarah P. Deloraya of the Philippine Association of Local Service Contractors and Ralph Ivan A. Gutierrez, Senior Trainer of the Employers' Confederation of the Philippines.

The first batch of the training's second phase are in Singapore for one week. The next batches will follow until the second phase is completed in December next year. Like the first phase, the second phase will have three types of training.

The first is a one-week Senior Officials' Visit Program which is an appreciation course on productivity, innovation and enterprise development to be attended by high level officials of concerned government agencies and social partners.

The second is a two-week I & E Management Program for Managers, a course on concepts, measurements, tools and technologies, and best practices/benchmarking, to be participated by officials/officers (Director level) of concerned government agencies.


The third is a four-week I&E Specialist Program, a capacity building program on productivity, innovation & enterprise development, to be participated by technical persons involved in the operation or implementation of programs/projects.