National Productivity Conference


The National Wages and Productivity Commission holds a national productivity conference every two years to serve as a platform for information and ideas exchange on new and emerging events and issues affecting the country’s productivity and competitiveness. Through the years, the conference has helped raise awareness on the importance of productivity and competitiveness to the country’s economic growth. Relevant studies and papers of experts and practitioners from industry, academe and government agencies are presented and discussed, providing the Commission and the Boards directions for research and policy and program review and development.




This year, the NWPC will hold its biennial National Productivity Conference through a multi-part series via zoom.  Our theme, “Driving Productivity in the Better Normal” will give emphasis to ongoing initiatives to mitigate the effects of pandemic and to leverage the opportunities that this crisis offers to create a better, safer, more productive and resilient new normal.

Under this theme, we have lined up webinars, every Thursday 10:00 AM from September 3 to November 5, on national development plans for a more resilient Philippines, impact of the pandemic on the world of work, policy and program responses to leverage opportunities post pandemic,  enterprise-level adjustments to the new normal such as through automation, technology-enabled solutions and the application of actionable intelligence.


Date Topic Speaker
September 3 ReCharge PH  

The national roadmap towards more resilient recovery and growth serves as reference point for government agencies to realign their respective sectoral development plans that will ensure policy and program coherence.  Following a whole-of-government approach in defining national and sectoral goals, this session will present strategies to unlock and drive the productivity of the Filipino workforce as the country moves into the better normal.  These will guide and enable workers, business communities and other private stakeholders to better navigate the challenges in a new and better normal.


Undersecretary Rosemarie G. Edillon
National Economic Development Authority
September 10 Automating Workplaces in a Better Normal

This session will walk us through the rise of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) in the country and how it will affect industries amid and post COVID-19 pandemic and through the better normal.  It will present government’s strategic plan, key initiatives and milestones needed to realize the country’s goal for adopting AI.  Business communities, the training and education sectors, labor organizations and other stakeholders will benefit from this session which will articulate the strategic thinking and direction of this plan.


Undersecretary Rafaelita M. Aldaba
Department of Trade and Industry
September 17 Technology-Enabled Solutions: Mitigation to Recovery

This session will walk the participants through a number of information technology-based solutions for mitigating disasters, specifically the COVID-19 pandemic. Increasingly, businesses are driven towards technologies that would drive production or service delivery targets amid the prevailing quarantines and other health protocols across workplaces in the country.  Moving forward, more enterprises will innovate, automate processes and adopt breakthrough technologies, not only to meet health and safety requirements of a new normal but more importantly bounce back with greater resilience and efficiency to realize productivity growth.


Exec. Dir. Enrico C. Paringit
Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development
September 24 Future of Work in a Healthier and More Resilient Environment

The COVID pandemic has not only compromised public health and safety, it has also created socioeconomic disruption to businesses, livelihoods, employment and the lives of people around the world.  Amid the fight against COVID, more people continue to suffer from poverty, inequality and vulnerability.   This session will discuss 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.


Mr Hideki Kagohashi
ILO-Manila Enterprise Development Specialist
October 1 Employment Outlook Transitioning to a Better Normal

Accelerated by the pandemic, labor markets are increasingly into automation, part-time and remote work,  and shift to new work arrangements and new business models.  These will have effects on some of the fundamental challenges of labor markets such as unequal access to employment opportunities, high unemployment rates especially among the youth and persistently high underemployment rates.  This session provides a global picture of the full impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the world’s employment condition, how countries are coping to save and preserve jobs, and the landscape of jobs and skills that would drive a better, healthier, and more resilient new order.


Mr. Sangheon Lee
ILO  Director of the Employment Policy Department
October 8 Actionable Intelligence: Results Amid Uncertainty

This session on actionable intelligence will focus on the importance of accurate and timely information to making strategic business decisions that will improve organizational performanceIt will also discuss how organizations can build a data-driven culture and mindset, and more importantly, the capability set to transform and intelligently use mass of big data into actionable intelligence that will propel organizations to realize their ultimate vision and goals.   In this time of pandemic, businesses need to make intelligent decisions that will enable them to improve overall performance and productivity, moving past COVID.


Professor Keith Carter
Associate Professor at the NUS School of Computing and Director of the NUS Fintech Lab
October 15 Business Reconfiguration: Leading Practices in Transitioning to the New Normal

This session is about scalable practices for helping businesses recover and reboot post COVID19.  The adoption of growth-accelerating technologies and innovation, automation, shift to new business models and work arrangements are some of the more common responses seen across labor markets.   These responses have seen businesses bounce back with greater agility, resilience and sustainability and an even greater potential to accelerate productivity growth.


Ms. Jazmine Flores
Founder and CEO of Leadworks Sales and Marketing Solutions
October 22 Employee Engagement: Leading Practices in Transitioning to the New Normal

The challenge to employee engagement cannot be over emphasized at a time when uncertainties toward job security and incomes and business continuity are high.  Businesses are suffering losses and are taking drastic measures to ensure continuity while ensuring the health and safety of their workers, suppliers and customers.  Workers are in new work arrangements, mostly doing remote work/telecommuting, totally disrupting employee engagement.  This session will provide fresh and innovative ways to keeping employees engaged and productive despite the limits and challenges imposed by this pandemic.


Mr. Sean Zantua

HR Director,
J&J Philippines and Global Services Asia Pacific

November 5 Automation: Leading Practices in Transitioning to the New Normal

This session will walk us through business models of farm-to-table service that directly connects farmers and consumers with the use of technology.  While manufacturing leads the automation race,  bringing automation in a traditionally labor-intensive sector like agriculture is a cut above the rest.  The webinar participants, especially the micro, small and medium enterprises, would learn from Session Groceries’ experience in using automation to drive productivity in agriculture.


Ms. Iloisa Romaraog
CEO and Co-Founder  of Session Groceries




“People-Centric Technologies, Breakthrough Innovation for MSMEs”

I. Overview
The National Wages and Productivity Commission holds a national productivity conference every two years as a platform for information and ideas exchange on new and emerging events and issues affecting the country’s productivity and competitiveness. Through the years, the conference has helped raise awareness on the importance of productivity and competitiveness to the country’s economic growth.
II. Theme

“People-Centric Technologies, Breakthrough Innovation for Productive MSMEs” is the theme of the 2018 National Productivity Conference. It aims to broaden and deepen the conversation on the prospects and opportunities for technology and innovation-driven growth for the MSME as industry 4.0 gains momentum.

The conference gathers experts from different industries and sectors to lead the discussion on innovation, creativity, next-generation solutions and breakthrough technologies as fundamental and potent forces for sustainable growth and development.

III. Program
IV. Speeches
IV. Plenary Presentations

Inclusive Innovation Industrial Strategy (I3s) Propelling Jobs, Investments and Shared Prosperity for All

Dr. Rafaelita M. Aldaba, Assistant Secretary
Department of Trade and Industry

Google: Connecting MSMEs in the International Value Chain

Mr. Kenneth Lingan, Country Head
Google Philippines

Getting Ahead of the Automation Curve Prospects for MSMEs

Dr. Rana Hasan, Director of Development Economics and Indicators
Asian Development Bank

Financial Technology Tools for MSMEs

Mr. Paul D. Lazaro, Vice President, Lending Program Management Group, Development Bank of the Philippines

Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP):

Taking Philippine Agripreneurship to the Next Level
Mr. Jose Alvaro Severino “Jas” Nito, Go Negosyo

Managing the HR Landscape under Industry 4.0

Mr. Patrick V. Marquina, Head of Talent and Rewards
Willis Towers Watson

How MSMEs can Benefit from Data Analytics

Dr. Christopher D. Monterola, Executive Managing Director
Analytics Computing Complex Systems (ACCeSs) Lab
Asian Institute of Management

2019 Productivity Olympics Kick-Off

Launching of New NWPC Program Logos


V. Snapshots