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.

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APO Self-learning e-Course on Agritourism Business Development, Jul 3-Dec 2, 2017

Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries, with 1.2 billion annual international travelers creating almost 300 million jobs and generating nearly USD trillion in global GDP. Well-developed travel markets such as Europe and the USA account for the largest share of the inbound tourism market, but the greatest growth is in emerging destinations across Asia and Africa. The outbound travel market is also rapidly changing, with Chinese tourists having surpassed Americans and Europeans as the largest annual visitor expenditure segment at USD 165 billion.

As an increasing number of the world’s population becomes more experienced travelers, their attitudes, interests, and behaviors are also changing. First-time visitors to a destination normally spend their time and money on traditional mass tourism products and experiences such as group tours, resort hotels, and major attractions. Repeat visitors more often go “off the beaten path” in search of what they consider more authentic travel experiences, desiring to interact with and behave like local residents. This deeper exploration of a destination is often defined in industry terms as ecotourism, adventure tourism, cultural tourism, heritage tourism, culinary tounsm, agritourism, and several other niche sectors that are often focused on nonurban areas.

Another global trend is accelerating the motivation of tourists to expand their travel activities into rural regions. About 51% of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, and that number is expected to increase, alienating billions of people from the natural environment globally. When these outdoor-deprived people travel, they often seek experiences that allow them to interact with the natural environment, which can be most easily accomplished in rural areas.

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), is implementing a self-learning e-course on July 3 and ends on December 2, 2017 (5 months), with the following objectives: 1) increase participants’ knowledge of trends in the global tourism environment, changes in traveler attitudes and behaviors, and growing importance of the agritourism niche in the global tourism market; 2) enhance participants’ understanding of essential marketing concepts, skills, and practices in agritourism product development and promotion; and 3) enable participants to plan and operate agritourism business models that can generate sustainable economic growth.

Target participants are CEOs, managers, and officers of agritourism enterprises, officers of government, academics, extension officers, consultants, and NGOs involved in planning, development, management, and promotion of agritourism projects.

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 starts on July 3 until November 2, 2017.

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.

APO Self-learning e-Course on Rural Entrepreneurship Development, Sep 11 to Feb 10, 2018

Poster invite

Entreprepreneurship is a driving force for rural development. It involves strategic interventions to accelerate and revitalize declining rural economies by expanding business outreach to farm/nonfarm 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 a self-learning e-course on September 11 and ends on February 10, 2018 (5 months), 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 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 starts on September 11 and will end at the closing hours of February 10, 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.

APO Self-learning e-Course on Productivity Tools and Techniques (Basic), Apr 1-Nov 30, 2017

Micro, Small and Medium size companies generally suffer from lack of knowledge of basic productivity tools, weak technical capabilities, and limited access to external assistance. To improve product or service quality, most of them apply various improvement tools and techniques to achieve growth and generate better profits. Thus the development of productivity practitioners remains a high priority need for companies, practitioners who are well equipped with fundamental knowledge on productivity to help implement improvement programs.

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), is implementing a self-learning e-course from April 1 up to November 30, 2017, with the objective of providing basic understanding of fundamental productivity concepts, principles, and tools. The course covers basic concepts of productivity in SMEs, tools and other approaches to improve productivity, and an integrated productivity framework to diagnose productivity problems and develop and implement solutions.

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 December 2017 (continuing registration).

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 M. Del Mundo or Ms. Bonna D. 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.

APO Self-learning e-Course on Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSAS 18001), Jan 1-Dec 31, 2017

 

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 to December 31, 2017. 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 December 2017.

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, 631-2126, or e-mail at apolu@dap.edu.ph or apolugrantees@yahoo.com.ph. Attn. Mr. Michael M. del Mundo or Ms. Bonna D. 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.

APO Self-learning e-Course on Waste Management in Agriculture, Jan 1-Dec 31, 2017

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 a self-learning e-course from January 1 to December 31, 2017, 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 starts at 10:00 am onJanuary 1, 2017.

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.

APO E-learning Course on Customer Satisfaction Management for the Service Sector, Jul 25-28, 2017, DAP Pasig City

APO E-Learning Course on Customer Satisfaction Management for the Service Sector

An E-Learning Course on Customer Satisfaction Management for the Service Sector will be jointly implemented by the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) and the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) from 25 to 28 July 2017 at the DAP Confucius Room, DAP Building, San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines.

The course aims to provide an understanding of new concepts and strategies for customer service (CS) management for improving productivity in the service sector and will allow the participants to learn how to meet the needs of customers and share CS strategies and best practices for successful innovation in the service sector.

This E-learning Course is an enriching learning opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with other participants from Cambodia, Fiji, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia and Vietnam, virtually through the Video Conferencing platform of the Asian Productivity Organization. International resource speakers will deliver presentations from their home countries. These presentations will be interactive, involving exercises and case presentations, field visit, group discussion and country presentation while allowing participants to ask questions. Each country group will be moderated by a local coordinator. On the last day, a written examination will be conducted to test the participants’ learning from the course. Performance in the examination will be one of the criteria for selection of the participants for subsequent follow-up training course.

Recognizing the importance of this unique online training opportunity, the DAP invites the public to participate in this course. Course Fee is PhP 5,000.00 per participant inclusive of VAT, to cover the meals, training materials, course certificate, and transportation for company site visit.

Interested parties may get in touch with Ms. Cherryl DL Ortega of Productivity and Development Center (PDC) at tel nos. (02) 631-2156 or 631-0921 local 135, or email at ortegac@dap.edu.ph. Due to limited slots, early reservation is encouraged. See poster for details.