The Asian Productivity Organization (APO) handed its 2011 APO National Award to Feliciano Torres for his significant contributions in integrating productivity practices in the Philippines. The other awardees belong to China, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.
Torres is president of five companies primarily Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing Inc., a vehicle parts and accessories manufacturer based in Laguna. Under Torres’ leadership, the company earned a strong reputation for capability and strict adherence to quality. The plant expansion of Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing Inc. in the 1980s saw more productivity and excellence awards from the government and business community. Torres’ latest achievements include awards from the Philippines-Japan Society in 2009 and the Philippine Quality and Productivity Movement in 2000. In addition, Torres leads the Employers Confederation of the Philippines Institute for Productivity and Competitiveness Foundation and the Philippine Automotive Competitiveness Council as chairman.
The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) spearheaded the recognition rites last 23 September 2011 at Crowne Plaza Hotel coinciding with APO’s 50th anniversary celebration. Given every five years since 1990, Torres joins the ranks of other APO National Awardees, namely, Ceferino Follosco in 1991 and Engr. Filemon Berba in 2005. Earlier, former president Fidel V. Ramos was conferred the APO Regional Award in Malaysia. Ramos, who is founder and chairman of the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation Inc, was chosen for his leadership in advocating sustainable development and contributions to the cause of productivity in the Philippines and throughout Asia.
APO is composed of 20 member-countries and a prime mover in productivity-enhancing initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. It implements its programs through DAP being the designated national productivity organization in the country.