APO Self-learning e-Course on Agribusiness Management: Advanced, Ongoing until Dec 31, 2018

Agribusinesses include farms and off-farm enterprises that produce and distribute agricultural inputs and those that assemble, store, process, and distribute fresh and processed farm commodities and products. An approximately 70% increase in food production in Asia is required to feed the predicted 5.2 billion people on the continent by 2050. Food production and supply in the crop, livestock, and aquamarine sectors, however, are constrained by fragmented supply chains, degraded land, and post harvest losses, among others. Moreover, agriculture is also the source of nonfood products such as fiber, fuel, timber, medicine, and industrial raw materials.

It is estimated that SMEs account for at least 80-90% of all enterprises and generate about 50-80% of total employment in the developing economies of Asia, where a significant number of players in the agrifood sector operate. Individuals are thus increasingly needed to manage SMEs in the agribusiness sector competently and sustainably within the context of value chains that serve both domestic and global markets.

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), is currently implementing a self-learning e-course that ends on December 31, 2018. After the course, the participants are expected to: 1) have deeper understanding of Asian agribusiness and its sustainable growth orientation; 2) be able to utilize a mix of frameworks, analytical principles, and models in identification, analysis and resolution of agribusiness management concerns; and 3) apply decision-making processes in ensuring the sustainable development and growth of agribusinesses.

This course is ideal for CEOs, managers, and officers of agribusiness companies including SMEs; officers of government and NGOs; and academics, extension officers, consultants and other technical personnel engaged in planning, training, extension, and/or promotion of agribusinesses.

The structured self-learning e-course is implemented through the APO’s dedicated e-learning website: http://www.eapo-tokyo.org. The participants can register on this website and create their own accounts. Ongoing registration is continuing until the closing hours of December 31, 2018.

As the National Productivity Organization, the DAP invites the public to register and participate in this FREE learning opportunity.

Participants who pass the final exam will earn an e-Certificate courtesy of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), and will also be given preference, on a merit basis, for selection to attend the follow-up face-to-face multi-country APO project, subject to nomination requirements.

For more information, please refer to the poster advertisement or contact the APO/DAP Secretariat at Tel. No. 631-2143, 631-0921 local 110, or e-mail at apolu@dap.edu.ph, apolugrantees@yahoo.com.ph. Attn. Mr. Michael JM Del Mundo or Ms. Bonna Frias. Other details can also be found at the website: http://www.apo-tokyo.org (APO);

Note: Participants from non-APO member countries are welcome to take the course, but will not be provided certificate.

 

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APO-sponsored National Conference on Cold Chain and Logistics Management for Agrifood Products, 23-24 May 2018, Manila

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) as the National Productivity Organization, will be conducting the National Conference on Cold Chain and Logistics Management for Agrifood Products from 23 to 24 May 2018 in Manila, Philippines.

The two-day conference aims to: 1) assess recent developments in cold chain and logistics management for agrifood products in the Philippines; 2) share knowledge on new technologies and best practices in cold chain and logistics management systems for agrifood products; and 3) formulate action plans for the promotion of efficient, effective cold chains and logistics management in the Philippines.

The conference is open to CEOs and managers of agribusinesses and food companies, food industry leaders, policymakers, planners, government officials, and academics engaged in managing and promoting cold chain and logistics management for agrifood products.

International experts from the USA, Japan and Singapore, and local industry resource persons will be sharing cost-effective, innovative cold chain technologies, models, and logistics for agrifood products and ways to promote the adoption and scaling up of such technologies and models in the country.

In this regard, the public is hereby invited to participate in this event. Other information such as venue, participation fee and payment details/policies will be made available soon on this website.

Interested parties may contact the APO/DAP Secretariat at tel. nos. (02) 631-2143, 631-0921 local 110/107.

16th Grantees Forum featured Green Productivity, Sustainability and Circular Economy

16th APO Grantees Forum participants and resource speakers

The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) conducted its 16th APO Grantees Forum on 26 July 2017 at DAP Pasig City, with the theme “Green Productivity, Sustainability and the Circular Economy”.

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The forum, which aimed to serve as a venue for knowledge sharing among productivity practitioners and advocates, NPO and APO alumni, was attended by 24 participants from the public and private sectors including NGOs. Selected grantees of APO projects (Asian Productivity Organization) were invited to act as resource speakers to discuss and share the knowledge, learning and experiences they gained from APO capability building projects they attended.

Grace Lebria, Program Coordinator for National Eco-labeling Program, PCEPSDI

The first speaker, Ms. Grace Lebria, Program Director, Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc. (PCEPSDI), provided the participants an overview of the current global environmental issues and challenges, followed by a short lecture on the concept of Green Productivity.

She zeroed in on GP tools such as MFCA (material flow cost accounting) and waste management. Ms. Lebria further showcased some of the GP best practices of Fiji and other countries. She likewise shared some GP initiatives in the Philippines, such as Green Procurement, Green Building, Sustainable Tourism, and the Ecolabelling program, a project spearheaded by her organization.

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Ms. Rea Geraldino, Project Officer, DAP Sustainable Human Development Program

Another speaker, Ms. Rea Geraldino, Project Officer of DAP’s Sustainable Human Development Program, shared her insights and learning on Community-driven Development through the Saemaul Undong Model.

She discussed briefly the history of the Saemaul Undong (SU) model, and presented its stages of development. This was followed by citing successful applications of SU in Korea, as well as Indonesia and the Philippines.

The City Leadership and Governance Program (CLGP) of Puerto Princesa and Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDS) were cited by Ms. Geraldino as initiatives similar to from the SU.

One of realizations she shared was that the most valuable long-term benefits of the SU movement were not its outward tangible achievements, but rather those that resulted from the sweeping change in the mentality of the people induced by the SU itself.

Dr. Alan Cajes, Vice-President, DAP Sustainable Human Development Program

Last but not the least, Dr. Alan Cajes, Vice-President and Head of DAP Sustainable Human Development Program, enlightened the participants on the concept of the Circular Economy.

With his topic, Green Productivity: Action for the Future, he narrowed in on Global Goals for Sustainable Development and focused on how we can contribute to the possible achievement of goal 12 – sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources, and substantial reduction of waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse by 2030.

He cited some initiatives on Green Industry, Eco-tourism and Eco-cities/industrial parks. In one of his recommendations, he mentioned that the government should pursue an eco-industrial park approach that promotes industry clustering.

This implies that certain industries will be located near each other in such a manner that the waste of a locator becomes input of another locator. This will close the loop and minimize waste production. He is hopeful that the DAP can do a study on this approach given the number of industrial parks that have been established all over the country. This can be jointly pursued by DAP in partnership with other organizations or agencies.

Guests

(L-R) Dr. Carol Acosta, Dean, Holy Angels University, Ms. Grace Sapuay, President, Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines, Dr. Brenda Manzano, Undersecretary, DOST

Participants appreciated the lectures and presentations, and looked forward to attending more GP-related forums, especially on Green Technologies and Green Purchasing.

The APO Grantees Forum is a regular activity organized by the DAP-APO Secretariat.

Article by:

Michael JM Del Mundo
Program Coordinator
DAP-APO Secretariat

 

APO Self-learning e-Course on Sustainable, Resilience Supply Chain and Integration into Global Value Chain, Ongoing until Dec 31, 2018

Today’s world is characterized by dynamic changes at increased rate that greatly affects organizations and businesses especially SMEs. SMEs are particularly vulnerable to radical changes such as natural and man-made disasters and thus, needs to be more resilient and agile to survive. Physical and financial loss may be impossible to recover, but can be anticipated and controlled with proper management. The essence of resiliency capacity of supply chain means the ability of value chain systems to flexibly minimize the impact of any disruptions and to hasten the recovery from the aftermath of its occurrence.

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), is implementing a self-learning e-course to discuss and explain the significance and ramification of supply chain resilience in organizations.

Target participants are supply chain managers of SMEs and other relevant private/public entities, practitioners having exposure to supply chain disruptions.

The structured self-learning e-course will be implemented through the APO’s dedicated e-learning website: http://www.eapo-tokyo.org. The participants can register on this website and create their own accounts. Ongoing registration is continuing until 31 December 2018.

As the National Productivity Organization, the DAP invites the public to register and participate in this FREE learning opportunity.

Participants who pass the final exam will earn an e-Certificate courtesy of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), and will also be given preference, on a merit basis, for selection to attend the follow-up face-to-face multi-country APO project, subject to nomination requirements.

For more information, please refer to the poster advertisement or contact the APO/DAP Secretariat at tel. no. 631-2143, 631-0921 local 110/107 or e-mail at apolu@dap.edu.ph or apolugrantees@yahoo.com.ph. Attn. Mr. Michael Del Mundo or Ms. Bonna Frias. Other details can also be found at the website: http://www.eapo-tokyo.org (APO);

Note: Participants from non-APO member countries are welcome to take the course, but will not be provided certificate.

Re-launched! APO Self-learning e-Course on Marketing Strategy and Product Branding for SMEs, Ongoing until Dec 31, 2018

The crux of business success lies in marketing. Marketing helps create awareness in the eyes of the public about a company’s products/services, increase sales, build brand reputation, and foster an environment in the market of healthy competition. Branding is important for SMEs as it influences people’s perceptions of the company’s quality of customer service, image, advertising, and logo. When these parts of the business are working well, the overall brand tends to be healthy. A good brand helps improve recognition, creates trust, reinforces advertisements, builds value, generates new customers and, most of all, inspire employees.

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), is implementing a self-learning e-course that ends on December 31, 2018, with the objective of helping small businesses develop the ability to market their products and services effectively.

Target participants are business owners, managers, and employees working in SMEs involved in marketing and branding strategies, and officials in the government and NGO sector responsible for assisting SME development and promotion. Participants may come from manufacturing industries, the service sector, business sector, NPOs, or government organizations/ departments who wish to acquire a working knowledge of marketing and product branding strategies.

The structured self-learning e-course is implemented through the APO’s dedicated e-learning website: http://www.eapo-tokyo.org. The participants can register on this website and create their own accounts. Ongoing registration is continuing until the closing hours of December 31, 2018.

As the National Productivity Organization, the DAP invites the public to register and participate in this FREE learning opportunity.

Participants who pass the final exam will earn an e-Certificate courtesy of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), and will also be given preference, on a merit basis, for selection to attend the follow-up face-to-face multi-country APO project, subject to nomination requirements.

For more information, please refer to the poster advertisement or contact the APO/DAP Secretariat at Tel. No. 631-2143, 631-0921 local 110, or e-mail at apolugrantees@yahoo.com.ph. Attn. Mr. Michael Del Mundo or Ms. Bonna Frias. Other details can also be found at the website: http://www.apo-tokyo.org (APO);

Note: Participants from non-APO member countries are welcome to take the course, but will not be provided certificate.

Report: Enhancing Access to Agrifood Products in Germany Study Mission, October 9-14, 2017, Munich and Cologne, Germany

BACKGROUND

The lack of awareness of global food safety and quality standards, insufficient understanding of the requirements for certification, high cost of certification, and low levels of market access information are among the typical challenges for agrifood industry enterprises in the Asian region. International private food standards such as Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), ISO 22000, IFS and Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 are aimed at ensuring safety and are mandatory for the export of products. In addition, there are also product claims like Halal and organic that needs to be verified through inspection of compliance to standards. Producers and exporters of agrifood products in Asian countries need to know and understand the standards and requirements for certification of importing countries and the opportunities for their products in the European market. The mission will provide Asian participants with an opportunity to learn about the latest trends in the German agrifood industry as well as state-of-the-art food quality, safety, and inspection systems. Participants will also visit the Anuga Food Fair 2017, the world’s leading food and beverage fair for the retail trade and food service and catering markets, which covers all aspects of agrifood products.

OBJECTIVES OF THE MISSION

a. Learn about the latest trends in the EU and German agrifood markets, policy and institutional settings regulating the import/export of agrifood products, and key success factors for enhancing the market access of Asian products to those markets;

b. Expose participants to state-of-the-art food value chains, emerging eco-friendly agrifood products and packaging, future food themes, modem food safety and food traceability systems, etc., through observing the operations of relevant organizations; and

c. Strengthen food industry SMEs in member countries for promoting inclusive growth.

OBJECTIVES OF THE PARTICIPANTS

KAREN S. BAUTISTA
Executive Director, Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards
Department of Agriculture

a) To learn food value chain and food safety systems which start from the quality of soil and water; and the production of eco-friendly and organic products are related to nutrient cycling and conversion of farm wastes;

b) To study how certain farms/agri-business were able to sustain their operations, specifically the production of organic food, for several decades;

c) To learn the process of organic and global GAP standards development including the formulation of technical regulations and implementation of conformity assessment procedures such certification and accreditation;

d) To gain a wider perspective and knowledge on traceability system, packaging and labeling of fresh produce and processed food.

PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS

Through the assistance of APO Program Officer, Mr. Sheikh Tanveer Hossain, there were 17 participants in this study mission from Cambodia, China RO, India, Indonesia, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Participants from the Philippines are the following:

a) Ms. Helen Del Rosario (President, Philippine Calamansi Association, Inc);
b) Mr. Anthony Rivera (Assistant Director, Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau);
c) Ms. Karen S. Bautista (Executive Director, Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards, Department of Agriculture)

SCOPE, CONTENT, METHODOLOGY

A combination of lectures, discussions and site visits was used to facilitate the conduct of study mission. Topics were delivered through a lecture by technically competent personnel.

SITE VISITS

In Munich, there were also visits to a biogas plant, the wholesale market “Großmarkthalle” and retail shops in Munich such as “Hofpfisterei” (a traditional stone-oven bread bakery, manufacturing and shop) and basic AG (a retail chain company for organic food products ). In Cologne, the Chamber for Agriculture, Research Centre Horticulture which has green houses and rain shelters for growing organic and conventional crops was visited by the group.

Anuga Fair (October 11, 2017)

During the Anuga Fair, delegates were grouped into four and tasked to answer the questionnaire based on the interview and questionnaire. The major observations are as follows: a) the fair was organized into ten trade shows with a special focus on emerging trends and innovations; b) the exhibitors put more emphasis on their certifications that they have obtained as an assurance to their products‟ quality, safety and traceability; and c) the new exhibitors‟ objective is to introduce their products while for regular exhibitors, the objective is to expand their markets and maintain good relationship with existing customers.

OUTCOMES AND EVALUATION

Karen S. Bautista

“I gained a wider perspective on the importance of transparency and integration along the supply chain to ensure the production, processing and trading of safe and quality food. There are public and private food safety certification systems that operators need to comply to combat food fraud. In addition to national and international regulations, operators should strive to have their farms, processing units and products certified in accordance to a set of standards. Based on what I have observed in the Anuga Fair, most of the companies are certified to several food safety systems and they took pride on this. In the future, it may be possible that compliance to standards and conformity assessment procedures like certification and accreditation will no longer be voluntary but it may become mandatory for food producers, processors and traders. In addition, support to farmers/producers/processors in trading their products should be in place.

Naturlands‟ operation became sustainable because of the marketing support that they have provided to their members as well as transparent relationship with their long-term clients. In the visit to the Research Center on Horticulture, I observed that rain shelters and greenhouses have simple design but it is applicable in the tropics. Organically grown tomatoes are grown in greenhouses while conventionally grown berries are grown in rain shelters. Since food safety starts from the soil, I observed that they put significance on soil health by favoring organic production practices in terms of fertilization and pest management over conventionally grown practices. Very competent personnel from Global G.A.P. and IFOAM Organics International explained standards and certification system including relevant technical regulations that will have effects on the development of the organic agriculture sector and promotion of GAP worldwide.

In terms of the relevance of topics in the program, I found that the lectures on organic guarantee systems and GAP are the most relevant and contributed to my knowledge while the lecture on DEG financing is the least relevant considering that Philippines is not included in their area of operation in the ASEAN region. In terms of time management, the allocated time for open forum after the lecture on the future of food safety regulations was very limited. For the farm visit, in addition to the biogas plant, there should be a visit in an organic vegetable farm or organic livestock and poultry farm. I think an additional two hours should be allotted to discuss how to prevent fraudulent practices along the food chain.

In general, the whole study mission was well-organized by APO through Mr. Shaikh Tanveer Hossain and the Organic Services through Mr. Gerald Herrmann. The project objectives were met. My objectives for participating in this study mission were 95% met.”

RECOMMENDATIONS AND ACTION STEPS

a) General recommendations to APO and APO member countries related to the project outcome

In the next study mission to be organized, in additional to GAP and organic, it is suggested that a lecture/discussion on Halal food should be considered because of the expanding market for Halal certified products. For the visits, it is better if a representative organic vegetable farm or organic livestock and poultry farm as well as a processing facility could be visited to see the entire supply chain (from farm to market shelf). Aside from visits to retail shops selling exclusive organic products, a visit could also be carried out in a regular supermarket selling both organic and conventional products to observe handling and retailing practices and how commingling is avoided. In the ASEAN region, this is more relevant considering that retail markets are selling both types of products in one store. Moreover, there should be additional time allotted for open forum on the future of food safety regulations.

b) Recommendations on potential action steps to be taken by the Philippine NPO (DAP), Philippine Government and organization

In terms of increasing the number of Filipino farmers certified to GAP (which is quite few compared to Thailand), on the part of the Philippine government, there is a need to develop incentive systems to encourage more farmers to produce safe and quality food. Considering also that there is no premium price for GAP certified products, it is necessary to intensify IEC activities not only for the producers but also for the retailers and consumers. If the demand will increase for GAP certified produce, the market price could increase. At present, the GAP certifying body is the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) however, it is not yet ISO 17065 accredited it has to align its standard to Global G.A.P. and become one of its partners. In terms of organic agriculture, the global market is growing annually and there is a price premium for organic products.

The Philippines has the largest organic area in the ASEAN region and plays an important role in the export of organic products. However, to ensure that production demand is met, there is a need to increase organic crop productivity while ensuring optimum soil and water quality. Training on the use of software on monitoring organic integrity and food safety could be considered by DAP in the future. This is crucial to enable regulatory agencies as well as certification bodies to carry out surveillance audits on organic operators and food producers/processors/traders.

In addition, an info-seminar on the certification requirements for GAP, Halal, Organic and food safety systems (of U.S., E.U., Japan and Middle East) could also be carried out to assist exporters of agricultural products.

On the part of my organization (Department of Agriculture), we will continue to do R&D projects on improving the quality of organic fertilizers and increasing yield of crops under organic production systems. Growing organic crops in greenhouses will be further promoted (as seen in the Research Center on Horticulture that we have visited). As one of the implementing agencies of the National Organic Agriculture Program, the institution (Bureau of Soils and Water Management) will apply as a member of the IFOAM Organics International to participate actively in the discussions on various concerns of the organic sector.

For more details about the program, you may e-mail APO grantee Ms. Karen Bautista at karensbautista917 @ gmail.com

 

Extended! APO Self-learning e-Course on Rural Entrepreneurship Development, ongoing until Jun 30, 2018

Entrepreneurship is a driving force for rural development. It involves strategic interventions to accelerate and revitalize declining rural economies by expanding business outreach to farm/non-farm areas. Rural entrepreneurship can offer innovative, cost-effective sources of living by crossing the boundaries among primary, secondary, and tertiary industries. It enables local people to appreciate the value of resources in the area and utilize them as inputs for creating value-added products and services. Thus entrepreneurship diversifies sources of livelihood and increases per capita income. In reality, however, nurturing successful entrepreneurs has often faced challenges such as lack of financial support and social recognition, and rural people rarely start businesses or put their business ideas into practice.

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), is implementing the self-learning e-course until June 30, 2018, with the objective of building the capability of rural entrepreneurs, SME operators, and rural development planners, trainers, and consultants who are engaged in business advisory services and/or are interested in initiating businesses in rural areas.

Target participants are rural entrepreneurs, CEOS and managers of SMEs, rural development planners, trainers, and consultants engaged in business advisory services and/or interested in initiating businesses in rural areas, government officers, representatives of NGOs, academics, extension officers and other personnel engaged in planning, training, and/or promoting rural businesses and startups and providing consultancy services on profit-generating economic activities in rural communities.

The structured self-learning e-course is implemented through the APO’s dedicated e-learning website: http://www.eapo-tokyo.org. The participants can register on this website and create their own accounts. Ongoing registration is continuing until the closing hours of June 30, 2018.

As the National Productivity Organization, the DAP invites the public to register and participate in this FREE learning opportunity.

Participants who pass the final exam will earn an e-Certificate courtesy of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), and will also be given preference, on a merit basis, for selection to attend the follow-up face-to-face multi-country APO project, subject to nomination requirements.

For more information, please refer to the poster advertisement or contact the APO/NPO Secretariat at Tel. No. 631-2143, or e-mail at apolu @ dap.edu.ph or apolugrantees @ yahoo.com.ph. Attn. Mr. Michael Del Mundo or Ms. Bonna Frias. Other details can also be found at these websites: http://www.dap.edu.ph (DAP); http://www.apo-tokyo.org (APO);

Note: Participants from non-APO member countries are welcome to take the course, but will not be provided certificate.

Extended! APO Self-learning e-Course on Waste Management in Agriculture, ongoing until Jun 30, 2018

The agriculture sector generates huge amounts of organic and non-organic waste during food and agricultural production, handling, processing, packaging, storage, transportation, and marketing. Such waste accounts for about 30% of worldwide agricultural production. The result is pollution of soil and water resources, air, landscapes, and contribution of greenhouse gas emissions, among others.

Waste management can reduce waste generation and promote its reuse and recycling. Organic waste can be transformed into valuable products such as compost, biofuel, and bioenergy. Effective, efficient waste management is an essential element for promoting sustainable consumption and production.

Agrbusiness enterprises in general are concerned about waste management. MSMEs are constrained in the adoption of proper waste management strategies due to lack of knowledge and awareness of potential co-benefits of waste management, limited financial resources for investment in technologies, lack of R&D, unsupportive legal and policy frameworks, and lack of policy incentives.

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), is implementing the self-learning e-course until June, 2018, aiming to train a critical mass of stakeholders in APO member countries in the basic knowledge and skills of waste management in agricultural systems and agribusinesses. The course also aims to trigger economic development initiatives by raising awareness of waste minimization and transformation of agricultural waste into useful products.

The structured self-learning e-course will be implemented through the APO’s dedicated e-learning website: www.eapo-tokyo.org. The participants can register on this website and create their own accounts. Ongoing registration is until the closing hours of June 30, 2018.

As the National Productivity Organization, the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) is in charge of the coordination and promotion of the program at the local level. In this regard, DAP invites the public to register and participate in this FREE learning opportunity.

Successful participants who passes the final exam will earn a Certificate courtesy of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), and an opportunity to be invited to participate in a face-to-face training in any of the 18 APO member countries co-sponsored by the APO (subject to other qualification requirements and standards of the project).

For more information, please refer to the poster advertisement or contact the APO/NPO Secretariat at Tel. No. 631-2143, 631-2126, or e-mail at apolu @ dap.edu.ph or apolugrantees @ yahoo.com.ph. Attn. Mr. Michael Del Mundo or Ms. Bonna Frias. Other details can also be found at these websites: http://www.dap.edu.ph (DAP); http://www.apo-tokyo.org(APO);

Note: Participants from non-APO member countries are welcome to take the course, but will not be provided certificate.

Extended! APO Self-learning e-Course on OHSAS 18001, ongoing until Dec 31, 2018

Injury or illness may occur in the workplace due to poor understanding of safety and health aspects and a weak or absent management system, thus, occupational health and safety of workers have become a significant concern for organizations. Lack of appropriate measures or safeguards may result in lost productivity caused by lost employee work hours and organization income.

OHSAS 18001, an internationally recognized occupational, health and safety management system series standard, was developed to address occupational health and safety concerns. OHSAS 18001 requires a company to have appropriate health and safety policies, procedures and protocols to ensure it is a safety conscientious organization.

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), is implementing a self-learning e-course from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018. The course will impart basic training on the occupational health and safety management system under OHSAS 18001 covering all specifications including policy, identification of occupational health and safety risks and legal requirements, generation of objectives and targets, preparation of management plans and activities, monitoring of system performance, auditing, continuous review of the management program, and improvement.

Target participants, among others, are professionals, officials, managers, academics involved in occupational health and safety from industries, business, government, universities, NPO, NGOs and consulting firms.

The structured self-learning e-course will be implemented through the APO’s dedicated e-learning website: http://www.eapo-tokyo.org. The participants can register on this website and create their own accounts. Registration is ongoing until the closing hours of December 31, 2018.

As the National Productivity Organization, the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) is in charge of the coordination and promotion of the program at the local level. In this regard, DAP invites the public to register and participate in this FREE learning opportunity.

For more information, please refer to the poster advertisement or contact the APO/NPO Secretariat at Tel. No. 631-2143, 631-0921 local 110/107, or e-mail at apolugrantees@ yahoo.com.ph, apolu.bonna @ gmail.com. Attn. Mr. Michael M. del Mundo or Ms. Bonna D. Frias. Other details can also be found at the APO website: http://www.apo-tokyo.org;

Note: Participants from non-APO member countries are welcome to take the course, but will not be provided certificate.

APO Self-learning e-Course on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Apr 26, 2017 to Mar 25, 2018

Agricultural producers, particularly small farmers, need to have their farms certified as GAP compliant to enhance the acceptability of their products. Several countries have developed their own GAP standards and certification systems. The lack of harmonization between national GAP schemes among countries and scarcity of affordable certifications, however, have often led to increased confusion and higher certification costs for farmers and exporters. Those with contractual relations with several retailers also complain about multiple audits against different criteria set by different groups of retailers every year.

An understanding of the approaches, principles, and standards of GAP and benchmarking of national GAP schemes against globally recognized guidelines like the GLOBALGAP standard is essential so that stakeholders in various APO member countries can properly orient and guide small farmers in meeting established GAP standards.

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), is currently implementing a self-learning e-course with the following objectives: 1) to enable participants to understand the key concepts, as well as basic principles, tools, and techniques for promoting and adopting Good Agricultural Practices (GAP); 2) to provide opportunities for SME farm production units to understand and adopt GAP in their production processes independently; and 3) to promote direct linkages between small and rural farmers and the market as adoption of GAP increases farm productivity and assures safe, sustainable production;

Target participants are government officers, agricultural extension workers, producers, academics, professional staff of regulatory bodies/certification bodies, consultants involved in training, auditing, and/or promotion of GAP, and other technical personnel with particular interest in GAP.

The structured self-learning e-course will be implemented through the APO’s dedicated e-learning website: http://www.eapo-tokyo.org. The participants can register on this website and create their own accounts. Ongoing registration is until March 1, 2018.

As the National Productivity Organization, the DAP invites the public to register and participate in this FREE learning opportunity.

Participants who pass the final exam will earn an e-Certificate courtesy of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), and will also be given preference, on a merit basis, for selection to attend the follow-up face-to-face multi-country APO project, subject to nomination requirements.

For more information, please refer to the poster advertisement or contact the APO/NPO Secretariat at Tel. No. 631-2143, or e-mail at apolu@dap.edu.ph or apolugrantees@yahoo.com.ph. Attn. Mr. Michael Del Mundo or Ms. Bonna Frias. Other details can also be found at these websites: http://www.dap.edu.ph (DAP); http://www.apo-tokyo.org (APO);

Note: Participants from non-APO member countries are welcome to take the course, but will not be provided certificate.