The National Wages and Productivity Commission held the first session of the 2020 National Productivity Conference Webinar Series with the theme “Driving Productivity in the Better Normal” via zoom and Facebook live on September 3, 2020.
NWPC Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy said
“This year’s theme recognized the need to deepen our understanding of the challenges brought by this pandemic, and the policy and program responses to leverage the opportunities, and to bounce back with greater resilience and efficiency to unlock and drive productivity in the new normal”.
Meanwhile, Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, in his message, commended the NWPC and its partners for the wisdom to continue this series. He said that it is during disaster that people’s notion of productivity and competitiveness is tested.
“We may not deny the crippling effect of the pandemic but neither can we deny the human desire to create and produce, not war or strife and neither can we deny the Filipino spirit to develop and advance, not desist nor disaster,”
Secretary Bello said.
The first session’s main highlight was the presentation of NEDA Undersecretary Rosemarie G. Edillon about ReCharge PH. Her session familiarized the participants on ReCharge PH, a government program with a whole-of-society approach that aims to re-calibrate government’s plan in expanding economic opportunities, improve the capability of Filipinos to adapt under the new normal, and ensure people-centered, clean, technology-enabled, and responsive governance amid the pandemic.
In a poll done during the session, majority of participants said that they expect new work arrangements in the new normal. The majority also think that maintaining employment is the most difficult challenge facing their companies and 90% of the participants expressed confidence, of varying degrees, that their companies would fully recover in the new normal.
The conference was attended by participants from various international organizations, government agencies, labor organizations, employers’ groups, business enterprises, regional board members, academe, productivity and quality experts and practitioners, and DOLE agencies.
The webinar series runs from September 3 to November 5 every Thursday at 10am with the following topics: Automating Workplaces in a Better Normal with DTI Undersecretary. Rafaelita M. Aldaba (September 10), “Technology-Enabled Solutions: Mitigation to Recovery with Engr. Nonilo A. Peña of DOST-PCIEERD (September 17), Future of Work in a Healthier and More Resilient Environment with Mr. Hideki Kagohashi of ILO Country Office Manila (September 24), Employment Outlook Transitioning to a Better Normal with Mr. Sangheon Lee of ILO Geneva (October 1), Actionable Intelligence: Results Amid Uncertainty with Mr. Keith Carter of National University of Singapore (October 8), Business Reconfiguration Leading Practices Transitioning to the New Normal with Ms. Jazmine Flores of Leadworks Sales and Marketing Solutions (October 15), Employee Engagement: Leading Practices Transitioning to the New Normal with Mr. Sean Zantua of J&J Philippines and Global Services Asia Pacific (October 22), and Automation: Leading Practices Transitioning to the New Normal with Ms. Iloisa Romaraog-Diga of Session Groceries (November 5).
Interested participants may register through this link: bit.ly/2020_NPC and may watch the replays through the NWPC’s Youtube channel.