The APO Grantees Forum for Mindanao grantees was held on December 5, 2008 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel in Davao City. It provided a venue for the first ever fellowship meeting of the Mindanao APO alumni. It also served as an organizational meeting for APO Grantees to update their alumni profile and to share on current projects and applications of productivity tools and techniques in and outside their organizations. The forum highlighted three grantees who shared their learnings and experiences in the areas of biomass waste utilization, quality management, and development of learning organization. They shared the accomplishments of their respective agencies on productivity tools and application as part of the “multiplier effect” strategy of APO projects.
For her part, Ms. Ma. Belenda Q. Ambi, Provincial Director of the Department of Trade and Industry, who is a grantee on the APO Workshop on Creating an Eco-Circulation Society thru Biomass/Waste Utilization in Malaysia, shared her experiences on Biomass Waste Utilization. She has initiated several projects, conducted echo briefings, and coordinated with the Local Government Units (LGUs) in response to the perennial concern on energy and the utilization of biomass wastes. She conducted similar workshops and dialogues for LGUs in Davao and in other areas of Mindanao region, where she served as Resource Speaker and Facilitator.
On the other hand, DTI-XI Regional Director Ms. Marizon S. Loreto, presented several innovations in her agency through the implementation of ISO 9000 Quality Management System. With QMS, DTI-XI has become more efficient, focused, market-driven, and development-oriented in dealing with customers’ welfare and protection. As part of its innovation, the DTI –XI office has required customers to accomplish customer satisfaction survey form before leaving the DTI premises.
DTI Provincial Director Mr. Teolulo T. Pasawa, a grantee on the APO Project on Study Meeting on Learning Organization, shared his learnings and experiences of APO member countries in adopting the strategy of “learning organization” in public and private sectors.
He also discussed various approaches and strategies to facilitate adoption of the strategy in order to attain business/organizational excellence.
The Forum also organized the APO Mindanao Core Group which will participate in the planning and organizational development efforts of the DAP for the Grantees and in implementing productivity and development programs with the NPO, either as consultants or resource persons, in collaboration with DAP and with other productivity-related organizations.
29 APO Grantees from public and private sectors participated in the Forum. Organizations represented included the following, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Orobay Agritech, Municipality of Nagbunturan, Island Garden City of Samal, Davao Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Productivity Improvement Circles Association of the Philippines (PICAP), University of the Philippines (UP), and Tribal Mission Foundation, Inc.