As part of the NPO strategy to harness the APO Alumni as a partner in the Productivity Movement, the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), through its APO Liaison Unit and Regional Operations Group (ROG), conducted the APO Grantees Forum in Manila (October 29, 2008).
The Forum held at Edsa Shangri-la Hotel in Mandaluyong City, provided a venue for APO alumni to exchange knowledge on APO projects they participated in and their experiences on Productivity and Quality Applications. It was also an opportunity to update the profiles of the participating grantees and to initialize the formation of the APO Grantees Forum as the APO Alumni Organization in the country.
The Forum featured three grantees who imparted their learning and experiences, including those that concern the application of productivity approaches and techniques within their own organization and in their clients’ organizations.
Dr. Elvira Zamora, a professor at the University of the Philippines-College of Business ministration, and National Expert in the APO project on Management of Technology in SMEs, discussed key issues concerning Technology Management in the small and medium enterprises as well as presented company’s specific experience borne out by the APO study.
Dr. Antonio J. Pineda, General Manager of Isuzu-Cebu and National Expert for the APO Research on Innovation and Competitiveness, highlighted the competitiveness ranking of the country and cited areas of concern and improvement opportunities especially in the government and scientific institutions, infrastructure like air transport and telecommunications, and others.
He shared the initial results and findings of the APO Research on Innovation for Competitiveness using the proposed framework model and its Implication to the country and key sectors of the economy.
For his part, Mr. Jose O. Cariño, an APO Grantee who attended the Study Mission to Non-member Countries on Quality and Innovation in Switzerland on December 2007, shared his organization’s experiences in pursuing quality and innovation, such as the development of medical products and the distributorship of carbonated fruit from the USA, and that, his company is continuously trying to improve and innovate on their processes so that their products can reach the more than eighty (80) million Filipinos.
During the open forum, the APO Alternate Director and DAP President Antonio D. Kalaw, Jr. commended the speakers and the participants for sharing their knowledge and experiences in their own organizations, in their client organizations and in other venues.
Some 49 alumni and experts of APO projects from Luzon in the last five years attended the forum. They represented the public and private sectors, including government agencies, academic institutions, industry associations and chambers, media, DAP alumni and non-government organizations.