Forum on Green Productivity, Sustainability and the Circular Economy, 26 July 2017, DAP Pasig City, Philippines

The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) as the National Productivity Organization (NPO), is organizing the APO Grantees’ Forum on 26 July 2017, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, 3F Rizal Hall, DAP Building, San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

The Forum serves as a platform for sharing, learning and networking among alumni / grantees of Asian Productivity Organization (APO) projects, identifying areas for collaboration with productivity champions and stakeholders which is also in line with creating “multiplier effects” of APO programs.

With the theme “Green Productivity, Sustainability and the Circular Economy”, this activity will share information and updates on GP related activities and initiatives by selected APO member countries, share recent Green Technology trends in the Asian region in the context of evolving international discussions and initiatives for promoting sustainable development, and promote national collaboration among public and private sector groups, APO alumni, and other stakeholders in the area of GP.

OUTLINE OF TOPICS AND OUTLINE OF RESOURCE SPEAKERS

“Training Course on GP: Productivity Enhancement and Environmental Protection” (Nadi, Fiji 2016)
By Maureen Grace V. Lebria
Programs Director
Philippine Center for Environmental Protection & Sustainable Development, Inc. (PCEPSDI)

“Multicountry Study Mission on Community-driven Development through the Saemaul Undong Model” (Seoul, Korea 2017)
By Rea L. Geraldino
Project Officer I, Center for Sustainable Human Development
Development Academy of the Philippines

“International Environment and Economic Forum: Green Productivity Action for the Future” (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam 2017)
By Alan S. Cajes, PhD
Fellow, Center for Sustainable Human Development
Development Academy of the Philippines

LEARNING INVESTMENT & PAYMENT POLICIES

Php 350.00 per pax paid onsite;
• Payment inclusive of certificate, refreshments, air-con venue, freebies (for lucky pax);
• Bank dep to Land Bank of the Philippines SA 0671-0105-40
• Limited seats up to 30 pax only, early reservation is encouraged;
• Prepaid participants gets priority seating;

For inquiries please contact tel. nos. 631-2126, 631-2143, 631-0921 local 107 / 110, or e-mail at apolu@dap.edu.ph or apolugrantees@yahoo.com.ph Attn: Mr. Michael del Mundo or Ms. Bonna Frias.

 

Forum on Solar and Renewable Energy, 4 May 2016, DAP Pasig City

Poster Ad - Echo on Solar and RE

The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) as the National Productivity Organization (NPO), is organizing a Forum on Solar and Renewable Energy on 4 May, 2:00pm to 5:00pm, 3rd Floor Confucius, DAP Building, San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

The forum provides a platform for sharing, learning, and networking among APO alumni/grantees, identifying areas for collaboration with productivity stakeholders which is also in line with creating ‘multiplier effect’ of APO programs.

This activity will feature three (3) APO grantee resource speakers, namely, Mr. Eric A. Raymundo, Environmental Practitioner/Consultant, Mr. Erel B. Narida, President, One Renewable Energy Enterprises, Inc., and Ms. Hidelita I. Villanueva, Senior Science Research Specialist, Renewable Energy Management Bureau, Department of Energy. They will share their knowledge and learning gained from participation in the APO multi-country observational study mission held in Tokyo, Japan focusing on Solar and Renewable Energy last November 2015.

This session is limited to 30 participants only. Registration is on a first come first serve basis. Interested parties who wish to attend may inquire by contacting the APO Grantees Forum Secretariat with contact numbers 631-2126, 631-0921 local 107, e-mail address apolugrantees@yahoo.com.ph, apolu.bonna@gmail.com or apogranteesforum@gmail.com.

Details are also available in the following Social Media Networking Sites: Facebook: facebook.com/agf.phil; Twitter: twitter.com/apogranteesphil; WordPress: apogranteesforum.wordpress.com; and Google+: apogranteesforum@gmail.com;

e-News: DAP conducts in-house Learning Session on the Balanced Scorecard, May 9, 2014, DAP Pasig City

Learning Session on the Balanced Scorecard, May 9, 2014

Learning Session on the Balanced Scorecard, May 9, 2014

At least 18 DAP staff gathered at the Boardroom of the DAP Pasig City facility on 9 May 2014, eager to learn from the sharing of knowledge and experiences of APO Grantee Ms. Catherine Luzuriaga, Project Officer, DAP Center for Governance.

Specifically, the participants were enthusiastic to acquire skills on how to use the Balanced Scorecard as a tool for strategic planning. Most of the attendees are composed of technical staff involved in strategy, planning, performance management, and business intelligence, seeking to either implement or refine performance management frameworks.

The session walked through the basics of defining measures and KPIs, and their relation with the BSC. Concepts such as measures, indicators, KPIs, KRIs, KCI and other jargon of the performance management were clarified.

Ms. Luzuriaga, a grantee of the Training Course on the Balanced Scorecard in 2011, helped the participants understand how to get most out of the Balanced Scorecard, a core component of a strategy execution and performance management framework.

The DAP’s IRISCIP-APO Liaison Office has launched this year the series of “Learning Session with APO Grantees” to help capacitate the NPO staff specifically in basic and advanced productivity and quality (P&Q) methodologies, approaches, tools and techniques.

The IRISCIP/APOLO is collaborating with the pool of APO Alumni/Grantees and other Productivity Practitioners/Experts to help further the ‘multiplier effect’ of APO programs, through sharing of technical knowledge, learning and experiences and other promotion strategies.

Enhancing Productivity through Good Labor-Management Relations, January 17, 2014, DAP Pasig City

Group Photo with the Resource Speakers (Front Row L-R) Mr. Gerard Seno, Ms. Niña Estudillo,  and Mr. Rey Elbo, with VP Carlos Sayco Jr. (3rd from Left)

Group Photo with the Resource Speakers (Front Row L-R) Mr. Gerard Seno, Ms. Niña Estudillo,
and Mr. Rey Elbo, with VP Carlos Sayco Jr. (3rd from Left)

This year’s first knowledge sharing session by the APO Grantees/Alumni was implemented on January 17, 2014 at DAP Pasig City by the Development Academy of the Philippines-APO Liaison Office. It highlighted “New Trends in Labor Relations Systems” presented during the APO workshop on Labor-Management Relations held in Japan on November 18-22, 2014 and attended by the 3 APO Grantees. The session discussed the current status, trends and issues on labor-management relations and identified the role of the government, private-sector management and labor unions in promoting good labor management relations for higher productivity.

Twenty-nine public and private sector professionals, represented by human resource managers, labor relations officers, and management practitioners including productivity specialists, learned from the sharing of knowledge and experiences by three (3) invited APO Grantee/Alumni who recently attended the APO-sponsored workshop on the subject.

Mr. Rey Elbo, Chief Strategist of Kairos Management Technologies, discussed the current trends in Japanese Labor Management Relations as well as the state of Japan’s economy. He said that Japan has shifted to globalization as a strategy to counter the problems of declining workforce which is adversely affecting its economic performance. Globalization was also adopted as a Union strategy to address the increase in individual labor disputes experienced in other countries.

Ms. Niña Estudillo, Productivity and Quality Trainer, presented the current trends that impact on Japan’s Labor-Management Relations. She cited the following Japanese Government’s interventions to address the impacts: forging Economic Partnership Agreements; establishment of support policies for promotion of automobile industry; establishment of Public Employment Security Office; and passing of laws/policies for Labor Standard Legislation, Minimum Wage Systems, Promotion of Women in the Workforce and others.

For his part, Mr. Gerard Seno, the National Executive Vice-President of the Associated Labor Unions-TUCP, focused on the role of Labor Unions in promoting Industrial Peace, Productivity and National Development. He discussed the Japanese philosophy behind Labor-Management Relations, history of unions in Japan, key characteristics of unions, and a Case example of a Japanese union—The Honda Motor Worker’s Union. Mr. Seno shared his observation that the role of unions is largely influenced by prevailing socio-economic environment. Factors that affect this include: national stability (peace and order), just and equitable law, industrial policy (industrial peace, productivity technologies), good Labor-Management Relations, and inter-generational equity (advocacy to protect the environment).

During the forum, participants raised questions on Unionism in the Philippines, common Labor-Management concerns like activism, union strikes, minimum wage issues, and high employee attrition. One of the participants, Department of Labor and Employment Director for Internal Service Maria Cristina Mangaliman reported that the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) is mandated to promote Labor Management Cooperation (LMC) at the national level. She cited the negative perception of the private sector regarding unions, which is affecting their LMC promotional efforts. Towards the end of the forum the participants suggested that a possible partnership project could be forged among DAP, ALU-TUCP and DOLE’s National Conciliation and Mediation Board to revive and intensify the LMC program in the Philippines.

Grantees Sharing of Benchmarking and Business Excellence for SMEs, May 10, 2013, DAP Pasig City

Group Photo of Participants

Group Photo of Participants

Aiming to provide the opportunity to learn and examine best practices of advanced SMEs in Japan on service quality and excellence, to introduce the concepts of Benchmarking, and to promote the productivity & Business Excellence to revitalize the economy, the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP)—APO Liaison Office organized a knowledge-sharing session of APO Grantees with the theme “Unraveling Business Excellence: Secrets & Best Practices in Service Quality” last 10 May 2013 in DAP’s Executive Lounge in DAP Pasig City.

Two (2) APO Grantees were invited to share the knowledge they’ve obtained from their attendance to APO projects. Mr. Mark C. Dulag, a Proprietor/General Manager of K-yong Spirits Orchard & Winery, presented his learnings from APO-sponsored Workshop on “Benchmarking Index for SMEs in the Service Sector focusing on the Retail & Food Beverage Industries” held in Malaysia. Some of the highlights of his presentations were e-Benchmarking and Benchmarking processes which incorporates four (4) phases: Plan, Collect, Analyze, and Adapt.

On the other hand, Ms. Shirley H. Ng, Senior Vice President of The Expressions Company, discussed the Management Philosophies & Strategies of Top Japanese SME Companies and the Japan Quality Award (JQA) companies’ Best Practices. Among the Management Philosophies cited is the Negishi’s Management Principle which is composed of four (4) core values: Customer First, Emphasis on Employees, Our Own ability, and Harmony with Society. She also gave emphasis on the importance of Human Resource and why employees should be treated as customers. Ms. Ng attended the APO Workshop on the “SME Best Practices in the Service Sector” held in Japan.

A total of twenty four (24) participants, composed of DAP Staff, APO Grantees, and Professionals from the public and private sectors joined the knowledge-sharing session. As a result, the participants conveyed to carry out their plan to disseminate the knowledge they have gained through sharing with colleagues and comrades and to apply the Negishi’s Management Principles in their respective companies.

“Because of the knowledge-sharing session, I was able to gain new insights in improving our business management”, a participant said.

 

Article by:

Regyra R. Pamintuan

Focused Group Discussion of APO Grantees 2011-2012, November 29, 2012, DAP Pasig City

Top Row L-R: Eli Fantillo, Dondon Moharin, Shirley Ng, Adel Alvarez, Ken Garabiag, Rowe Requejo,  Tess Solomon, Mau Lebria, Elaine Pagkanlungan, Carol Abaño, Mike Del Mundo, Lucille Abad, Lito Legaspi Bottom Row L-R: Ruby Apilado, Yen Soriao, Boie Sayco, Juliet Boquia, Leonisa Artes, Rachel Rocafort

Top Row L-R: Eli Fantillo, Dondon Moharin, Shirley Ng, Adel Alvarez, Ken Garabiag, Rowe Requejo,
Tess Solomon, Mau Lebria, Elaine Pagkanlungan, Carol Abaño, Mike Del Mundo, Lucille Abad, Lito Legaspi
Bottom Row L-R: Ruby Apilado, Yen Soriao, Boie Sayco, Juliet Boquia, Leonisa Artes, Rachel Rocafort

A Focused Group Discussion (FGD) of APO Grantees was conducted by the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP)—APO Liaison Office last November 29, 2012 in Pasig City. Attended by Alumni or Grantees of the Asia Productivity Organization (APO) projects, the FGD aimed to review/assess the outcome of the grantees’ participation to APO projects in order to come up with suggestions on how to improve the services of the APO, and the DAP-APO Liaison Office.

A total of 19 grantees from the public and private sector participated and shared the impact of the APO courses in their own profession. Among the said participants is Engr. Elisier Fantillo, Professor, Mapuá Institute of Technology. Mr. Fantillo, a recipient of APO training on Material Flow Cost Accounting (MFCA) in Tokyo, Japan, said that as an engineer, he is someone who’s into the improvement of things and that the course redefined what improvement really meant. Because of the course, he was able to pioneer the recent improvement of the curricula in the University.

Other grantees suggested that a website be established so that there could be a platform for networking among co-participants. According to them, this will help enhance and strengthen the coordination with one another, and also enable sharing of the learnings from the course.

In closing, DAP Vice President and APO Liaison Officer for the Philippines Mr. Carlos Sayco Jr. extended his sincere gratitude to the grantees who attended. He was thankful for the enlightening feedbacks, and is looking forward for more active participation by the group.

Article by:

Regyra Pamintuan

Echo Session: Green Productivity for Efficient and Effective Waste and Energy Management, August 31, 2012, DAP Pasig City

Group Photo with the Resource Speakers Beth Estanislao and Anabel Garcia (Front Row, 6th and 7th from Left)

Group Photo with the Resource Speakers Beth Estanislao and Anabel Garcia (Front Row, 6th and 7th from Left)

An echo session on “Green Productivity for Efficient and Effective Waste and Energy Management” was conducted by the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) through its APO Liaison Office last August 31, 2012 in DAP, Pasig City.

APO Grantees invited to serve as resource speakers were Ms. Anabel H. Garcia, Environmental Consultant, Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines (SWAPP), and Ms. Ma. Elizabeth F. Estanislao, Associate Project Officer, DAP Center for Quality and Competitiveness. A total of 20 participants joined the session, some representing the Department of Labor and Employment- National Wages and Productivity Commission (DOLE-NWPC), Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc. (PCEPSD), and the majority from DAP.

Some of the topics that were discussed in the activity are Green Productivity (GP) Concepts & Tools, GP Application, Formulation of GP Implementation Plan, and learning/insights from the Trainer’s Training on GP. The resource speakers also shared their knowledge on Energy Auditing and Waste Management System Analysis, 5S, Solid Waste Management System (SWMS), and the trends of SWMS in Malaysia and in Thailand.

In the session evaluation, the attendees suggested that a similar but a more comprehensive activity could be organized next time. Nonetheless, the participants were satisfied with the outcome of the session.

Among the inspiring messages shared by one of the speakers is from Ms. Garcia, “Beyond pollution prevention, we need a holistic, integrated strategy to enable sustainable development in the country”.

Article by:

Regyra Pamintuan

Brown Bag: Business Excellence (BE) Consultancy and Best Practices of JQA Winners, 10 February 2012, DAP Pasig City

The Development Academy of the Philippines held a Brown Bag Session on Business Excellence Consultancy and Best Practices of JQA Winners last 10 February 2012. Twenty participants, who represented the NPO and SMEs, attended the session. They were introduced to the overall framework of Business Excellence (BE), the BE consultancy methodology, the Singapore (SQA) and Japan (JQA) Quality Award frameworks, and the best practices of JQA winning companies in Japan.

Session Participants

Three (3) APO grantees who attended the APO International Conference and Study Mission in Singapore and Japan last year served as resource speakers to share their learning and insights. Mr. Francis Adrian N. Comendador, Senior Project Officer of DAP Center for Governance presented the Business Excellence (BE) Value and Framework. Ms. Niña Maria B. Estudillo, Independent Productivity and Quality Trainer/Consultant and Former Director of DAP Institute of Productivity and Quality, presented the Business Excellence Consulting Methodology.

Mr. Eduardo R. Fenix, Managing Consultant, Fenix Industrial Engineering Services, on the other hand, presented the Japan Quality Award (JQA) Framework, and best practices of JQA Winners in Japan.

Eduardo Fenix on Japan Quality Award Winners

During the open forum, DAP Vice-President and APO Liaison Officer Carlos A. Sayco Jr. shared the concern about the diminishing number of applicants for Philippine Quality Award (PQA) program. The insights from JQA and SQA as cited by the speakers could be good inputs towards strengthening the PQA particularly to the PQA committee.

He also suggested that the PQA committee, through DAP’s assistance, consider undertaking impact assessment study of the PQA program. Ms. Estudillo, PQA assessor herself, suggested the creation of a separate pool of PQA consultants separate from the PQA assessors to better assist the SMEs, just like in Singapore.

Nina Maria Estudillo, Independent P&Q Consultant

Ms. Estudillo’s suggestion could be pursued although it will take additional training and hands on experience before one can become an examiner.

As a reaction, the participants conveyed their plan to utilize/disseminate the knowledge through sharing with colleagues and adoption of BE framework in KM programs and technical assistance to clients, among others.

Echo Session: Managing and Securing Information using ISO27000, 29 November 2011, DAP Pasig

Group Photo with Grantee Speakers

To share information security awareness and good practices of information security management standard setting, the APO Liaison / International Relations Office (APO/IRO) in cooperation with the Academy’s HRMDO organized an echo session of APO grantees on Managing and Securing Information using ISO27000 Standards last 29 November 2011 in DAP Function Room 4, Pasig City.

Two (2) APO grantees were invited to share their learning from a recently-held APO-sponsored training in Indonesia. Ms. Jenalyn Ferrer, Project Officer from the DAP Center for Knowledge Management, discussed the relevance of Information Security in today’s information age, and provided an overview of the Information Security Management System (ISMS). On the other hand, Mr. Michael John del Mundo, Project Coordinator and IT/Database Administrator of APO/IRO, discussed the requirements of ISMS ISO27000 standards- from planning to audit. He also showcased the ISMS ISO27000 best practices of PT Panasonic Gobel Energy, a major Japanese company based in Indonesia, and some other highlights of the APO training.

Jheng Ferrer, Project Officer, Center for Knowledge Management

Attended by twenty four (24) DAP technical and administrative personnel, the session had a lively discussion on the implementation of ISMS in the local setting. The resource speakers explained that ISMS does not contradict the government transparency policy. In fact, ISMS facilitates the preservation of the integrity and availability of critical information needed by the public.

Compared with the public sector, interest in ISMS among local private enterprises specifically MSMEs, however, remains low. Thus, as the National Productivity Organization, it has become a challenge for DAP to promote the adoption of ISMS and raise public awareness on information security management both to the public and private sectors. But in order to do this, DAP must first make itself an example for others to follow.

Michael John del Mundo, IT Administrator, APO Liaison Office

“Top management involvement is important in implementing any P&Q initiative such as ISMS. That’s why as part of our action plan, my co-participant and I will prepare and present a proposal to management for the adoption of ISMS in DAP next year”, Ms. Ferrer concluded.

Echo Session: Innovations in Food Products and Safety Standards, 30 September 2010, DAP Pasig

Group Photo

Participants pose together with  APO Grantee Resource Speakers (5th to 7th from left bottom row, and 6th from left top row): Dr. Mary Jean Bulatao, Faculty, College of Agriculture, University of the Philippines Los Banos, Minica Jobo, Quality Specialist, Monde-Nissin Corporation, Helen Del Rosario, General Manager, Soyuz Foods Inc., and Brian Tan, General Manager, Bethany Management Inc.

Food product innovations are vital for any business enterprise to survive competition and the current economic crunch. Given today’s challenging economic times, food companies, especially SMEs, should consciously continue to invest in innovation to stay competitive. On the other hand, consumers are also increasingly concerned about the safety of the food they eat. It is important to make food supply chains well integrated, more effective, reliable, and safer.

Minica Jobo, Quality Specialist, Monde-Nissin Corporation on Food Safety Management System ISO 22000

Minica Jobo, Quality Specialist, Monde-Nissin Corporation on Food Safety Management System ISO 22000

To cater to these rapidly expanding needs of SMEs specifically in the food-processing and food manufacturing industry, the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) implements multi-country projects on food product innovation, food safety management and good hygiene practices. And so this was the focus of the echo session organized by the Development Academy of the Philippines – APO Liaison Office last September 30, 2010 held at the DAP’s Audio-Visual Room, with the theme “Innovations in Food Products and Safety Standards”.

Dr. Mary Jean Bulatao on Good Hygiene Practices focusing on Meat Products

Dr. Mary Jean Bulatao on Good Hygiene Practices focusing on Meat Products

Four grantees were invited from the food processing and manufacturing industries to share their learning on the topic. They are: Ms. Minica B. Jobo, Quality Specialist, Monde-Nissin Corporation,  participant of APO Food Safety Management System Auditors Course in Malaysia; Dr. Mary Jean G. Bulatao, Faculty, UP Los Banos College of Agriculture, a participant of APO Good Hygiene Practices for Food-processing SMEs Seminar in Thailand; Ms. Helen H. del Rosario, General Manager, Soyuz Foods Inc., and Mr. Brian C. Tan, General Manager, Bethany Management- who both attended together as participants in the APO Study Mission to the U.S.A. on Food Product Innovations.

Joint presentation by Helen del Rosario, General Manager, Soyuz Foods, and Brian Tan, General Manager, Bethany Management

Joint presentation by Helen del Rosario, General Manager, Soyuz Foods, and Brian Tan, General Manager, Bethany Management

Among those discussed in the session are the Basic Concepts and Principles of the Food Safety Management System, Good Hygiene Practices (GHP) in Meat Processing, and Approaches and Techniques for Introducing Innovation in Food Products. The highlight of the activity is a virtual tour of New York City’s Summer Fancy Food Show, the renowned Dean & Deluca- a multichannel retailer of fine food, wine, and kitchenware, Trader Joe’s grocery chain known for its core philosophy and history of community involvement, and Rutgers Food Innovation Center in New Jersey.

A total of 23 participants from DAP and Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) companies benefited from this echo session.