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Bantayan Goes Green

            RTWPB VII conducted the Green Productivity training in Sta. Fe, Bantayan last May 11.

            Sta. Fe. Bantayan, one of Cebu’s tourist attractions because of its pristine white sand beaches, is home to several hotels, resorts, and restaurants. About 17 of them participated in the one-day Green Productivity training and committed to implement green productivity improvement programs.

            The training was conducted in coordination with the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Bantayan Chapter, through the active support of the Chamber’s Executive Director Mr. Gal Minoria.

Posted:  July 24, 2017



RTWPB-I, PESO conduct Retail and Service Training in Pangasinan

            To assist retail and service establishments in developing and implementing productivity improvement programs, RTWPB-I partnered with PESO Pangasinan and ECC to train 22 participants from 19 establishments in Alaminos Pangasinan on April 28, 2017.

            The training for the retail/service sector focused on four areas: (1) The Selling Process, (2) Improving Productivity through Merchandise Display, (3) Control Stock for Productivity Improvement, and (4) Reducing Loss to Improve Productivity.

            Atty. Romina Boado-Cabrillos, Ms. Virginia Imelda Salvador, and Mr. Ben Donglayan of RTWPB-I served as resource persons for the training.

Posted:  July 19, 2017



Learning session on labor laws compliance organized

            The NWPC organized a learning session on labor laws compliance last May 25 at the NWPC Conference Room to raise awareness and compliance with labor laws.

            As resource person, Mr. Nicanor V. Bon, division chief of the Bureau of Working Conditions, discussed the general labor standards, procedures for the conduct of joint assessment, compliance visit, occupational safety and health standards investigation, and special assessment visit of establishments.

Posted:  July 18, 2017



RTWPB VII, PQPM Visayas host learning session

            Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board VII, in cooperation with The Philippine Quality and Productivity Movement – Visayas, Inc., conducted its first learning session for 2017 last May 5 at the City Sports Club Cebu.

            Sixty participants from various establishments in Cebu attended the half-day learning session on Wage Order ROVII-20, Department Order 174 (D.O. 174) on contracting and subcontracting, Republic Act 10911 (Anti-Age Discrimination Law), and Natural and Organic Urban Farming.

Posted:  July 17, 2017



DBP to NWPC employees: The best time to invest is now

            “The best time to invest is now,” said DBP Relationship Officer Jennica I. Manalo during the financial wellness seminar organized by the NWPC in coordination with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) on May 26, 2017.

            The seminar on the various trust banking and deposit products of DBP sought to encourage NWPC employees to invest their finances in secure portfolios.

Posted:  July 5, 2017



NWPC, RTWPBs launch Usapang 2Ps: Pasahod at Productivity

            To foster better understanding of the importance and benefits of productivity improvement, the NWPC and its RTWPBs launched Usapang 2Ps: Pasahod at Productivity from May to June 2017.

            Usapang 2Ps is a marketing strategy to encourage enterprises to improve productivity by availing of the training programs under NWPC’s Productivity Toolbox and technical assistance in designing productivity incentive schemes. It also served as forum for deepening the Regional Boards’ engagement with micro, small, and medium enterprises in their respective regions.

            To more effectively communicate the productivity message, the first half of the caravan begins with a brief testimony from a Productivity Olympics winner from the host-region detailing their productivity journey and how they benefited from the assistance provided by the Board. This is followed by an audio visual presentation and brief lecture on the NWPC/RTWPB productivity programs and an open forum.

            The second half of the caravan is a one-on-one cliniquing session as avenue for employers and workers who want to seek solutions to productivity-related issues in the workplace. It is also an opportunity for the Boards to encourage enterprises to undergo full cycle training in any of the training programs under the Productivity Toolbox.

            The nationwide caravan kicked off in Davao City (May 4) and was followed by caravans in Iloilo City (May 5); Palo, Leyte (May 9); Zamboanga City (May 9); Naga City (May 11); Butuan City (May 12); Clark, Pampanga (May 16); Calamba, Laguna (May 17); General Santos City (May 19); Sta. Ana, Cagayan (May 25); and Taguig City (May 30).

            To date, there were a total of 882 employers and workers from 674 MSMEs who participated in the regional caravans.

            For June 2017, the NWPC and RTWPBs will conduct caravans in Dagupan City (June 6); Baguio City (June 8); Cebu City (June 8), and; Calapan City (June 14). The caravan in Cagayan de Oro City was reset for July.

Posted:  June 23, 2017



NWPC Directors attend Leadership Congress

            NWPC Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy and Deputy Executive Directors Patricia P. Hornilla, and Jeanette T. Damo attended the 7th Though Leaders’ Congress convened by the Career Executive Service Board (CESB) last May 21 at the Diamond Hotel, Roxas Boulevard, Manila.

            With the theme “Resilient Governance: Leading Strong with a Heart,” this year’s annual congress featured exemplary and transformational leaders with inspiring and life-changing stories on leadership and governance.

            Mr. Acmad Rizaldy P. Moti, OIC-Chief Executive Officer of the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) served as the keynote speaker for the event. Joining him with their own transformational leadership stories were Ms. Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano, former Undersecretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST); Mr. Ronnel A. Del Rio, currently Housing and Homesite Regulation Officer of the Provincial Administrator’s Office; Mr. Julius A. Lecciones, M.D., CESO III, one of the country’s leading expert in childhood cancer; and Mr. Mariano R. Alquiza, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Posted:  June 22, 2017



NWPC holds team building in Zambales

            The NWPC held its teambuilding exercise last April 25-26 at Dawal Beach Resort in Candelaria, Zambales with the theme “How to Deal with a Multi-Generational Workplace”.

            The structured learning experiences (SLEs) were designed to enhance communication, interpersonal skills and teamwork in a multi-generational workplace environment. It fostered better appreciation of the differences in needs and expectations of each generation and helped employees manage unconscious biases and negative stereotyping.

            Ms. Terence O. Amores and Mr. Francis G. Atangan led the program activities.

Posted:  June 21, 2017



RTWPB-Caraga shares Productivity 101 to safety and health advocates

            RTWPB-Caraga, in coordination with the Occupational Safety and Health Center and DOLE – Caraga, oriented 120 safety and health advocates from various industries and government agencies at the Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center last April 19-20, 2017.

            With the theme “Sustaining OSH Excellence in Mindanao Through Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction,” the Board explained how occupational safety and health are key to improving and maintaining productivity in the workplace.

Posted:  June 15, 2017



RTWPB-II conducts ISTIV PAP Training

            RTWPB-II conducted the ISTIV Productivity Awareness Program (PAP) training for 81 MSMEs last April 19, 2017 at the Mango Suites Hotel, Santiago City, Isabela. It was organized in coordination with DOLE – Isabela Field Office and the Isabela Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

            The Board also gave a brief orientation on the 2017 Productivity Olympics and provided technical assistance to MSMEs who expressed interest in joining the said event.

Posted:  June 13, 2017



RTWPB I goes on air

            Last April 19, 2017, RTWPB-I Board Secretary Atty. Romina E. Boado-Cabrillos and Supervising Labor Employment Officer Nathaniel Pineda graced the afternoon program “Amuen Tayo” of DZNL “Aksyon Radyo” - La Union, as part of the Board's advocacy intiatives. Discussed during the program were Wage Order RB 1-18 and Wage Oder No. DW-01, Productivity Toolbox, and the ongoing 2017 Productivity Olympics.

Posted:  June 9, 2017



Micro enterprises trained in ISTIV Bayanihan, 5S

            Sixteen (16) micro enterprises in Ilocos Sur were trained in ISTIV Bayanihan and 5S of Good Housekeeping at the DOST Provincial S&T Center, Vigan City on March 23, 2017.

            The training on ISTIV values and 5S was conducted by Ms. Virginia Imelda Salvador, Mr. Ben Donglayan and Atty. Romina Boado-Cabrillos of RTWPB-I.

Posted:  June 8, 2017



RTWPB-CAR joins orientation on new DOLE issuances

            RTWPB CAR joined DOLE-CAR and other attached agencies in an orientation on new DOLE issuances last April 10-11 at DOLE-CAR in Baguio City.

            It was organized to educate DOLE-CAR employees on the salient features of DO 174-2017 and guide the region’s labor laws compliance officers implement the new rules. Also discussed were Decision Making and Disposition Cases on Labor Only Contracting (LOC), new DILEEP Guidelines, IRR of SPES, and the PESO Act.

Posted:  June 7, 2017



Oslob goes SQ

            As one of the fastest growing tourism destination in Southern Cebu, Oslob was one of RTWPB-VII’s first SQ training beneficiary in 2017. The training was held last March 23-24 at the Oslob Tourism Office.

            More than 60 hotels, resorts, and restaurants participated in the two-day training program, designed to teach participants the principles of error-free service and error recovery, especially in the delivery of frontline services.

            Oslob Mayor Jose Tumulak Jr. graced the event and thanked the Board for its asisstance. He remained hopeful that the participants will apply their learnings and make service quality a way of life.

Posted:  June 6, 2017



New Japanese Labor Attache visits NWPC

            The new Japanese Labor Attache to the Philippines, Mr. Manabu Yasukawa made a courtesy call on the NWPC Directors on April 4, 2017. Labor Attache Yasukawa was apprised of the Department’s wage and productivity policies and programs.

Posted:  June 5, 2017



NWPC hosted the DOLE flag ceremony

            As host of the DOLE flag raising ceremony held at the Local Governance Learning Center on April 10, 2017, the NWPC presented its major accomplishments for the first quarter of 2017.

Posted:  June 2, 2017



NWPC organizes stress management programs

            As part of the NWPC’s stress management program, NWPC employees were treated to free massage and haircut services by the Manila City government’s Manila Manpower Development Company on April 17, 2017.

Posted:  June 1, 2017



NWPC organizes learning session on Handling Administrative Cases

            The NWPC organized a Learning Session on Handling Administrative Cases on May 5, 2017 at the NWPC Conference Room with Atty. Stephanie Tabladillo-Yanson of the DOLE-Legal Service as the resource speaker.

Posted:  May 31, 2017



New minimum wage for workers in Regions CAR and V

            Starting June 5, 2017, workers in private establishments in CAR will receive an additional ₱15 Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) bringing the daily minimum wage rate for all industries/sectors employing 11 or more workers to ₱300.00 in Baguio and La Trinidad; ₱290.00 in Tabuk City, Bangued, Bontoc, Lagawe, Banawe, Buguias, Bauko, Sagada, and Tublay, and; ₱280.00 in other areas in the region. Meanwhile, workers in establishments employing not more than 10 workers will have new daily minimum wage rates of ₱285.00 in Baguio and La Trinidad; ₱280.00 in Tabuk City, Bangued, Bontoc, Lagawe, Banawe, Buguias, Bauko, Sagada, and Tublay; ₱270.00 in other areas in the region.

            In Bicol region, the new minimum wage rates for establishments in the private sector are ₱290.00 for those with 10 or more workers and ₱280.00 for the rest of the establishments effective June 2, 2017.

            The new Wage Orders allow exemption only for establishments adversely affected by calamities such as natural and human-induced disasters and those that are prescribed by existing laws and guidelines.

            Wage Order No. RB CAR-18 was published in Baguio Midland Courier on May 21, 2017 and Wage Order No. RB V-18 was published in Bicol Mail on May 18, 2017.

Posted:  May 30, 2017



RTWPB-NCR launches Lean Management Training

            RTWPB-NCR and the NWPC launched its new productivity training module on Lean Management held on March 30, 2017 at the NWPC Conference Room, DY Int'l. Bldg., Malate, Metro Manila.

            This module aims to provide establishments basic knowledge on eliminating wastes in all its processes and procedures to better serve the needs of its customers. The newest training will form part of NWPC's Productivity Toolbox and will be cascaded in all regions nationwide.

            The launch was participated in by several MSMEs based in Metro Manila.

Posted:  May 29, 2017



Domestic workers in 4 regions get minimum wage hike

            The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards CAR, II, V, and VII recently approved new Wage Orders for domestic workers in their respective regions.

            Starting May 8, 2017, the monthly minimum wage for domestic workers in the Cordillera Administrative Region will be ₱3,000 for those working in cities and first class municipalities and ₱2,500 in other municipalities.

            In Cagayan Valley, a monthly minimum wage of ₱2,500, region-wide, was set for domestic workers effective May 29, 2017.

            In Bicol region, the Board approved Wage Order No. RB V-DW-01 setting a monthly minimum wage of ₱3,000 for those working in cities and first class municipalities and ₱2,500 in other municipalities beginning June 2, 2017.

            Through the issuance of Wage Order No. RB VII-DW-01, domestic workers in Central Visayas are entitled to receive wages not lower than the monthly minimum wage of ₱3,000 for those working in cities and first class municipalities and ₱2,500 in other municipalities starting April 13, 2017.

            The said wage orders will apply to all domestic workers, whether on a live-in or live-out arrangement, including general house helpers, cook, gardener, laundry person or any person who regularly performs domestic work in a household on an occupational basis.

Posted:  May 26, 2017



NWPC conducts Learning Sessions on labor standards, occupational safety and health

            Learning sessions on General Labor Standards (GLS) and Occupational Safety and Health were organized by the NWPC at the NWPC Conference Room on March 16 and 29, respectively.

            NWPC Director Atty. Jamie-Lyn Jamias Garcia and Training Specialist Joyce Ann O. Dela Cruz of the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) served as speakers during the said learning sessions.

            The Learning Session is one of the advocacy programs of the NWPC for educating and apprising the public on labor and employment laws, policies and programs.

Posted:  May 10, 2017



RTWPB-NCR shares Productivity 101 to QC-Sikap Buhay Beneficiaries

            RTWPB-NCR conducted the Productivity 101-LHP (Labor Relations, Human Relations and Productivity) orientation to QC-Sikap Buhay beneficiaries at the Legislative Hall, City Hall of Quezon City on March 14, 2017.

            Productivity 101-LHP focuses on workplace productivity improvement as a shared goal and responsibility of both workers and enterprises and how this, in turn, can foster and strengthen good workplace relations.

            The Sikap Buhay of Quezon City leads the implementation of the city government’s entrepreneurship and micro-finance program known as Puhunang Pangkaunlaran ng Sikap Buhay or the PPSB which provides access to facilities, non-collateral and no interest loan facilities for small entrepreneurs in partnership with some cooperatives.

Posted:  May 9, 2017



RTWPB-III launches Project “Ditak Kabiyasnan”

            To provide information access to micro and small establishments, RTWPB-III launched Project “Ditak Kabiyasnan” on March 24, 2017 in Angeles, Pampanga.

            “Ditak Kabiyasnan” is a Kapampangan term for “small knowledge”, which the Board conceptualized to enhance access of small establishments to basic information on wages and productivity. The project was also in response to the call of DOLE Region III Director and RTWPB Chairperson Atty. Ana C. Dione for the Board Secretariat to intensify their information campaign.

Posted:  May 8, 2017



RTWPB II joins NCMB RO II in Area-Wide LMC Convergence Program

            RTWPB-II joined the National Conciliation Mediation Board Regional Office II (NCMB RO II) in the conduct of an area-wide Labor Management Convergence (LMC) Program on March 9, 2017 at the Mango Suites Hotel Santiago City, Isabela. Also present were representatives of other DOLE agencies such as the Occupational Safety & Health REU-II, and Employees Compensation Commission REU-II who also oriented the participants of their programs and services.

            The Board oriented some 42 MSMEs on the Productivity Toolbox and the 2017 Productivity Olympics, emphasizing the importance of labor management cooperation in implementing productivity improvement programs.

Posted:  May 5, 2017



RTWPB-I conducts Productivity Trainings in Pangasinan, La Union

            RTWPB I conducted a series of productivity trainings in Pangasinan and La Union last February and March 2017.

            In Rosales, Pangasinan, 15 participants from the service industry participated in the training on 5S and Green Productivity with Ms. Virginia Imelda Salvador and Mr. Ben Donglayan of RTWPB-I as resource persons.

            The Board also oriented 73 establishments on Productivity 101 and gainsharing during the Stakeholders Orientation organized by DOLE RO I in Dagupan and Urdaneta, Pangasinan and San Fernando, La Union.

Posted:  May 4, 2017



NWPC conducts 1st Quarterly ISO Internal Audit

            Selected NWPC and RTWPB staff conducted the first quarter ISO internal audit as part of the implementation of the NWPC Quality Management System (ISO 9001:2015) on March 20-24, 2017. The auditors are currently preparing their audit reports for action of the concerned Program Managers and the same shall be presented during the 1st NWPC-Management Review for 2017.

            Prior to this, the NWPC organized a training to build its pool of internal auditors to ensure effective implementation of NWPC-QMS. This was participated by 18 staff from the CO and the Boards.

Posted:  May 3, 2017



NWPC conducts capacity building on wage and wage-related statistics

            The NWPC conducted a training program on wage and wage-related statistics to strengthen the technical capacities of the CO and the Board secretariats in assisting the Commission and Boards proper in the implementation of wage and productivity policies and programs.

            The training was held at the Lotus Garden Hotel on March 29-30, 2017, with NWPC Deputy Executive Director Patricia P. Hornilla, Ms. Pinky O. Reyes, and Mr. Manuel L. Laopao as resource persons.

            The topics covered during the two-day training were labor statistics framework, statistical methodologies and measurement, wage and labor productivity statistics, labor market analysis, and statistical report writing.

Posted:  May 2, 2017



NWPC oriented on Government Procurement Reform Act

            The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) members, BAC-Technical Working Group (TWG), and Division Chiefs of NWPC participated in the training on the 2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations on the Government Procurement Reform Act by Atty. Tareeq Yahya Timhaw A. Radjaie of the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) at the NWPC Conference Room on March 20, 2017. The training was organized primarily to apprise the BAC members and TWG on changes in the procurement law, threreby prevent non-compliance with said rules.

Posted:  April 24, 2017



NWPC joins PCW in celebrating the National Women's Month

            The NWPC participated in the National Women's Month celebration led by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) at the GSIS Theatre, Pasay City on March 8, 2017.

            This year's theme We Make Change Work for Women, emphasizes women's role in bringing about positive changes in society. Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, First District of Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman, and Atty. Jennifer Tauli Corpuz of Tebtebba Foundation shared their inspiring stories as advocates of women empowerment in the country.

Posted:  April 21, 2017



NWPC bags CSC’s PRIME-HRM Maturity Level III

            The National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) obtained Maturity Level III under the Civil Service Commission's (CSC) Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) for initiating innovations in HR management programs and systems. This makes NWPC one of the two government agencies in the country conferred with such recognition.

            NWPC Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy and Deputy Executive Director Jeanette T. Damo formally received the Certificate of Recognition from the CSC during the awarding ceremonies at the Novotel in Cubao, Quezon City on March 8, 2017.

            With an HR Maturity Level III, the NWPC now has the authority to take final action on appointments and implement its own HR programs and systems without prior approval from the CSC.

            Under the PRIME-HRM, the CSC assesses the maturity of an agency's competencies, systems and practices in four (4) HR core areas: (1) Recruitment, Selection, and Placement, (2) Performance Management, (3) Learning and Development, and (4) Rewards and Recognition.

Posted:  April 20, 2017



NWPC, ECOP ink partnership for the Productivity Toolbox and 2TWS

            The NWPC and Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) inked their partnership agreement for the advocacy and implementation of Productivity Toolbox and Two-Tiered Wage System (2TWS) at the Henry Sy Auditorium, Saint Lukes Hospital, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City on March 24, 2017.

            The MOU was signed by DOLE Undersecretary Bernard P. Olalia in behalf of DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III and ECOP Acting President Sergio Luis-Ortiz in behalf of ECOP President Donald G. Dee. NWPC Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy and ECOP Deputy Director General Jose Roland A. Moya witnessed the MOU signing.

            Under the MOU, the Productivity Toolbox and 2TWS will form part of the package of assistance to be offered by the ECOP local chapters to its members.

            In his message before the ECOP members, Undersecretary Bernard P. Olalia said “As part of our mandate, we are more than privileged to provide training and consulting services on productivity improvement programs, conduct orientations on our wage orders, and assist you in designing and developing productivity-based incentive schemes.”

Posted:  March 24, 2017




            DOLE RO-I and RTWPB-I conducted a Stakeholders Orientation on DOLE Programs and Services in the City of San Fernando, La Union last January 25 to help raise awareness and compliance to minimum wages and basic occupational safety and health standards (BOSH).

            The Board oriented the participants on the concept of productivity based incentive schemes. In urging companies to adopt such schemes, the Board presented a user-friendly sample incentive scheme that can be readily adopted by establishments. Towards the end of the orientation, the participants were asked to provide initial plans of action towards the adoption of a productivity incentive scheme.

            RTWPB I is set to conduct similar orientations in the rest of the region.

Posted:  March 22, 2017



NWPC conducts back-to-back Learning Sessions

            Back-to-back learning sessions were organized by the NWPC last February 21 and 28, on General Labor Standards (GLS) and Post-Employment, respectively.

            NWPC Director Atty. Jamie-Lyn Jamias Garcia and DOLE Legal Service Atty. John Ronnel Diana served as speakers during the said learning sessions.

            The NWPC’s Learning Session is a facility for educating and apprising the public on labor and employment laws, policies and programs.

Posted:  March 17, 2017



RTWPB-NCR joins PESO-Pasay Employer’s Forum

            RTWPB-NCR participated in the Employer’s Forum organized by the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of Pasay at the Session Hall of the Local Government of Pasay City on February 17, 2017.

            With the theme: “Bridging for a Vibrant Relationship as Partners in Pasay City Economic Growth”, the forum aimed to strengthen the partnership between the local government and the business community.

            RTWPB-NCR Board Secretary Mr. Kim S. Lagcao talked about the impact of productivity improvement to the organization’s performance. He also discussed the various productivity interventions of the Board under the Productivity Toolbox, emphasizing that these interventions are designed to help MSMEs become more viable and competitive. He also encouraged companies with notable productivity improvement programs to join the 2017 Productivity Olympics.

            The activity was attended by various employers’ organizations, government employees, Barangay Chairpersons, Barangay constituents, and other stakeholders. Gracing the event were Pasay City Mayor Antonino G. Calixto, as keynote speaker and Congresswoman Emi Calixto Rubiano.

Posted:  March 16, 2017



RTWPB-II conducts Productivity Toolbox Orientation

            RTWPB II conducted an orientation on the Productivity Toolbox to thirty seven (37) employees of SM Cauayan City at the 4th floor Training Room of SM Administrative Building in Cauayan, Isabela on February 15, 2017.

            The orientation was in coordination with the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) Regional Office II spearheaded by Ms. Remedios Andrada.

            The orientation aimed to raise awareness on minimum wage setting and the package of training and technical services under the Productivity Toolbox.

Posted:  March 15, 2017



RTWPB Caraga conducts Productivity 101 to 300 workers

            RTWPB Caraga conducted six sessions of Productivity 101 to 300 workers of Wing-On Incorporated from February to March 2017 as part of the Workers Enhancement Program initiated by the company's HR department.

            This is part of the continuous productivity improvement program of Wing-On since becoming a beneficiary of the Productivity programs of the Board.

            "Employees play a significant role in the growth and success of an establishment. We have to enhance their talents and skills to be competitive and to do that, we have to, first, adopt a productivity and quality culture and mindset," Mr. Earl D. Dela Victoria said.

Posted:  March 14, 2017



RTWPB II promotes Productivity Toolbox among employers

            Speaking before the new officers of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Cagayan Chapter Inc., Board Secretary Ms. Heidelwina M. Tarrosa affirmed its partnership and shared the vision with PCCI to support the growth of MSMEs through productivity improvement. To this end, she encouraged employers to avail of the various training and technical services under the Productivity Toolbox.

            The induction of PCCI - Cagayan's new officers was held last February 09 at Hotel Carmelita Events Place, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

            Present in the event were entrepreneurs, guests and other partner agencies like the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Technical and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB). Engr. Alfonso I. Lao, Area Vice President for North Luzon and Board Member of RTWPB-CAR were guest speakers.

Posted:  March 13, 2017



Wage Boards in Central, Eastern Visayas approve wage increase

            The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards in Central and Eastern Visayas approved the wage increase for minimum wage earners in the private sector in their respective regions.

            Starting March 10, 2017, minimum wage earners in Central Visayas will receive a P13 daily wage increase. This brings the highest minimum wage in the region to P366 for non-agriculture in Class A covering the cities of Carcar, Cebu, Danao, Lapulapu, Mandaue, Naga, Talisay and Municipalities of Compostela, Consolacion, Cordova, Liloan, Minglanilla, San Fernando, or Expanded Metro Cebu.

            Minimum wage earners in the Cities of Toledo, Bogo, and the rest of Municipalities of Cebu except Bantayan and Camotes Islands will receive a new daily rate of P333. Those working in Tagbilaran city and all municipalities of Bohol and Negros Oriental will receive P323 while those in Class D covering the municipalities of Siquijor, Bantayan and Camotes islands will receive P308.

            For the non-sugar agriculture sector, the new daily minimum wage rates are P348 for Class A, P318 for Class B, P303 for Class C, and P288 for Class D. Meanwhile, those working in the sugar industries will receive P316 for Class A and P303 for Classes B, C, and D.

            On the other hand, workers in Eastern Visayas will receive an additional P10 to P25 in their daily minimum wage starting February 12.  The region’s new daily minimum wage rates are: P285 in non-agriculture, including sugar mills; P253 in cottage/handicraft; P245 in retail/service establishments with 10 or less workers; P275 in the retail/service establishments with 11 to 30 workers; P251 in the non-sugar agriculture sector, and; P245 in sugar farms. The new issuance maintains the P7.00 Cost-of-living allowance (COLA) under the previous Wage Order.
            The new Wage Orders allow exemption only for establishments adversely affected by calamities such as natural and human-induced disasters and those that are prescribed by existing laws and guidelines.

Posted:  March 9, 2017



NWPC and RTWPBs plan for 2017

           The NWPC and RTWPBs look forward to a more productive 2017, fresh from its corporate planning exercise held at Golden Phoenix Hotel on February 22-23, 2017 with Undersecretary Bernard P. Olalia, Assistant Secretary Federico V. Abuan, Jr. and Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy presiding.

            Speaking in behalf of Secretary Silvestre Bello H. III, Undersecretary Olalia emphasized the alignment of wage and productivity policies with the Department’s major agenda to end illegitimate forms of contractualization, address unemployment and underemployment and enhance social protection for the vulnerable sectors.   
Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary Federico V. Abuan, Jr. called on the Boards to regularly review minimum wages even amid the clamor for an across-the-board wage increase and national living wage.  He also reiterated the instruction of Secretary Bello to be regularly updated on the status of wage issuances. In the area of productivity, he said interventions should focus on MSMEs which comprise bulk of the economy.  

            Both officials congratulated the NWPC and the boards for achieving and maintaining its ISO 9001:2015 certification and for achieving Maturity Level 3 under the CSC PRIME-HRM program.

            As inputs to the planning exercise, NEDA Assistant Director Bien Ganapin presented AmBisyon Natin 2040 which, being the embodiment of the “collective long-term vision and aspirations of the Filipino people in the next 25 years”, serves as anchor for development planning across at least four administrations.

            DOLE Planning Service Director Adeline T. De Castro discussed the goals and targets under the Disenteng Trabaho Para sa mga Manggagawang Pilipino: Patuloy Abutin sa 2017, highlighting the wage and productivity interventions in the priority  agenda of the Department.

            Deputy Executive Director Jeanette T. Damo presented the regional performance assessment in the area of Two-Tiered Wage System, Productivity Toolbox, Tamang Kaalaman sa Kita at Kakayanan, and Management Support Services. To set the strategic direction of the organization, Deputy Executive Director Patricia P. Hornilla presented the 2017 NWPC Policy and Program Thrusts to address the following priority areas for action of the Commission and the Boards: (i) demand for an across-the-board and national living wage; (ii) closing of the minimum wage-poverty threshold gaps; (iii) low or weak buy-in among enterprises of productivity incentive schemes; and (iv) low or weak buy-in among enterprises of productivity improvement programs.

            Meanwhile, Director Elvira P. Jota presented the 2017 NWPC and RTWPB indicative OPCR for each of the priority areas for action while Director Atty. Jamie-Lyn Jamias discussed the program strategies for 2017.  The Commission and the Boards agreed on the following strategies/activities to address priority issues:  (i) assessment of the implementation of the current minimum wage system and analysis of the impact of an across-the-board and national living wage; (ii) preparation of action plans to close the minimum wage-poverty threshold gaps by 2022; (iii) redesigning advocacy strategies and materials to suit the needs of target beneficiaries; and (iv) continuous review and enhancement of productivity training modules and delivery modalities.

            In closing, Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy expressed gratitude to the participants and said that in clarifying the new priorities, the Commission and the Boards would implementation of wage and productivity policies and programs effectively initiatives of similar nature within and outside the Department.

Posted:  March 8, 2017




RTWPB-NCR kicks off 2017 Productivity Olympics

            RTWPB-NCR officially kicked off the 2017 Productivity Olympics (PO) - NCR during the Regional Inter-Agency Coordinating and Monitoring Committee (RICMC) meeting at DOLE - NCR last January 24.

            The activity is in preparation for the 2017 National Productivity Olympics and in celebration of the Quality and Productivity Month in October.

            Present during the launching were RICMC members from the DOLE agencies, DOLE Field Office Directors, Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (RTIPC), and PESO Associations, among others.

            RTWPB - NCR Board Secretary Kim S. Lagcao presented the criteria, mechanics, and the past PO winners through an audio-visual presentation. He also requested the participants to prompt potential MSMEs to join the competition and be the next productivity champion.

Posted:  February 6, 2017



NWPC DEDs reappointed

            NWPC Deputy Executive Director Patricia P. Hornilla and Jeanette T. Damo were reappointed and took their oath before DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III during the flag raising ceremony at the DOLE Labor Governance Learning Center on January 19, 2017.

            Joining them were the newly appointed Undersecretary Claro A. Arellano and reappointed Assistant Secretary Joji V. Aragon. They were among the 35 officials of the DOLE and its attached agencies who took their oaths before Secretary Bello.

Posted:  February 6, 2017



ISO 9001:2015 First Surveillance Audit

            The NWPC and eight of its Regional Boards - RTWPB NCR, CAR, IVA, VI, VII, X, XI, and XII passed its first ISO 9001:2015 surveillance audit by TÜV Rheinland (TUVR) last January 23-25.

            Prior to this, ISO 9001:2015 certification was awarded to NWPC and RTWPBs NCR, III, and IVA on March 17, 2016 wherein a regular surveillance audit is necessary to monitor compliance to international standards.

            The surveillance audit commenced with an opening meeting between NWPC/RTWPB management and auditees and TUVR auditors. The audit covered regional operations, top management, internal quality audit/corrective action, policy formulation/conduct of research, customer feedback, human resource development, records management, annual planning performance review, procurement, appeals resolution management, disbursement, and facilities/equipment/vehicles preventive maintenance.

            Having found no non-conformities, the auditors recommended the continuation of the NWPC/RTWPBs certification under ISO 9001:2015. The NWPC/RTWPBs, however, need to act on 25 opportunities for improvements found during the audit.

Posted:  February 6, 2017



General labor standards is NWPC's 1st learning session for 2017

            NWPC held its learning session last January 27 with the topic "General Labor Standards" with Dir. Jamie-Lyn Jamias, Director of the Policy and Research Services, as resource person.

            With the aim of educating the public on labor and employment policies and programs; the topic covered standards on hours of work, overtime pay and night shift differential, leave benefits, holiday pay, principle of non-diminution of benefits, computation of monetary benefits using the prevailing wage rates, and rules on the payment of wages.

Posted:  February 6, 2017



2017 DOLE-wide Planning and Target Setting Exercise

            The 2017 DOLE-wide Planning and Target Setting Exercise was held last January 17 at the Occupational Safety and Health Center. This was attended by the DOLE Senior Officials, heads of bureaus, services and attached agencies and the Regional Directors.

            Anchored on Ambisyon Natin Disenteng Trabaho para sa Manggagawang Pilipino: Patuloy abutin sa 2017", the DOLE's major agenda are: (i) full respect for labor standards and fundamental principles of rights at work (ii) address persistent unemployment and underemployment (iii) bring more focus and accessibility in workers' protection and welfare programs, and (iv) continuously strengthen protection and security of our overseas Filipino workers. For each of these agenda, the desired outcome or vision was discussed as basis of the key performance indicators and corresponding targets that each agency is accountable for.

            To ensure coherence of policy and program implementation, each cluster presentation highlighted agency-level contribution to the four major agenda. This will be the basis of the Agency Office Performance Commitment Review (OPCR).

Posted:  February 6, 2017



NWPC gears up for 2017, holds CO corporate planning exercise

            The NWPC held its corporate planning exercise last Febraury 1 at the NWPC Conference Room. OIC-Executive Director Patricia Hornilla welcomed the participants and presented the results of DOLE YEPA emphasizing the DOLE's major agenda and the agency's commitments to achieve the vision for each of the following agenda: Full respect and more inclusive social dialogue; Just simplified, and expeditious resolution of all labor disputes; DOLE as efficient purposeful, and accountable institution; and Responsive, enabling, and equitable policies.

            Ms. Lourdes M. Secillano, head of the Planning and Information Division presented the 2016 NWPC accomplishments and the status of 2016 corporate planning agreements. Meanwhile, Deputy Executive Director Jeanette T. Damo and Director Elvira P. Jota presented the NWPC program directions and Quality Management System commitments, respectively.

            The program managers presented their strategies to address the policy and operational issues/challenges faced in 2016. They also presented their 2017 plans/commitments and targets.

Posted:  February 6, 2017



NWPC conducts annual financial and UACS workshop

            In line with the internal government compliance, the NWPC through its Financial and Management Division (FMD) conducted its annual financial and UACS online submission workshop last January 16-20.

            The seminar was participated by the FMD staff as well as the accountants and budget designates of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards.

            In her opening remarks, Deputy Executive Director Jeanette T. Damo said that the participants need to learn the revised government accounting and auditing code as well as the updated accounting, auditing, and budget rules and regulations of the different oversight government agencies to come up with accurate reports and if possible, zero audit observation.

            FMD Chief Editha M. Saus presented the 2017 budget and instructions for the preparation of final reports. The participants were also apprised on recent COA and DBM issuances.

            In closing, Deputy Executive Director Damo emphasized the responsibilities of the participants in managing the financial resources of the Boards, the timely submission of accurate financial reports and, most importantly, in securing an “unqualified opinion” status in its audit findings.

Posted:  February 6, 2017



RTWPB CAR holds first public consultation in 2017

            RTWPB - CAR welcomed 2017 with a series of public consultations in Kalinga last January 10 and in Apayao and Abra last January 12 for a possible pay increase for minimum wage earners and domestic workers in the region.

            According to RTWPB-CAR Board Secretary Augusto Aquillo, initial consultations were held in Benguet, Ifugao, and Mountain Province in the last two months of 2016.

            The current minimum wage rate for workers in private establishments in the Cordilleras ranges from P255 to P285.

            On the minimum wage for domestic workers, Board Secretary Aquillo said there is a demand to raise the minimum wage for domestic workers which are currently set at P2,500 for those working chartered cities and first class municipalities and P2,000 for those working in other municipalities.

Posted:  February 6, 2017