National Productivity Conference goes virtual with more sessions this September

The NWPC opened the biennial National Productivity Conference last September 3 and will run every Thursday until November 5 in a webinar series format to comply with health and quarantine measures.

This year’s Conference is themed “Driving Productivity in a Better Normal” to focus discussions on the most important issue affecting the world of work, which is the COVID pandemic.

Specifically, the topics will focus on country responses and firm level practices to address the impact of COVID-19 from mitigation to recovery. Local and foreign experts foreign were invited as resource persons to this nine-part webinar series.

The NPC is one of NWPC’s and RTWPB’s advocacy strategies and platforms to discuss events and developments that affect the country’s productivity and competitiveness. For the month of September, additional sessions have been organized.

Automating Workplaces in a Better Normal

Following the first session on the country’s recovery plan presented by NEDA Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon, is the topic on automating workplaces delivered by DTI Undersecretary Raphaelita Aldaba on September 10.

Undersecretary Aldaba talked about the rise of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) in the country and how it would affect industries during and after the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s strategic plan, key initiatives and milestones needed to realize the country’s goal for adopting AI.

Technology-Enabled Solutions: Mitigation to Recovery

The third session of this webinar series was on the topic “Technology-Enabled Solutions: Mitigation to Recovery” with Executive Director Enrico C. Paringit of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) as resource person.

Executive Director Paringit discussed information technology-based solutions for mitigating disasters, like the COVID-19 pandemic. He talked about the technologies that businesses adopt to drive production or service delivery targets amid disruption. Moving forward, more enterprises will innovate, automate processes and adopt breakthrough technologies not only to meet health and safety requirements of the new normal but more importantly bounce back with greater resilience and efficiency to realize productivity growth.

In closing, Dr. Paringit said that “technologies can only be successful if people would use it, keeping an open mind about using these systems and tools to serve our purpose.”

Future of Work in a Healthier and More Resilient Environment

Mr. Hideki Kagohashi, Enterprise Development Specialist at ILO-Manila discussed the impact of the pandemic on the world of work, the continuing challenges amid the battle to contain it and country responses to ensure that the future of work is decent, safer, healthier, and more resilient to unlock and enable productivity of workers and enterprises.

In his presentation, he said that “COVID-19 is a catalyst to reinvent the future of work and create opportunities for companies to look at things differently.”

The pandemic, he added, has brought the future of work much faster than people thought and that most of the recommendations of the future of work remain valid in the context of new normal.

During the open forum, Mr. Kagohashi was asked about the new key performance indicators that private companies should look at during and after the pandemic. He replied that the public health authorities and the labor and employment department should sit together to discuss and monitor the right key performance indicators. “We cannot just talk about the typical labor market indicators,” Mr. Kagohasi emphasized.

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