16th Grantees Forum featured Green Productivity, Sustainability and Circular Economy

16th APO Grantees Forum participants and resource speakers

The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) conducted its 16th APO Grantees Forum on 26 July 2017 at DAP Pasig City, with the theme “Green Productivity, Sustainability and the Circular Economy”.

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The forum, which aimed to serve as a venue for knowledge sharing among productivity practitioners and advocates, NPO and APO alumni, was attended by 24 participants from the public and private sectors including NGOs. Selected grantees of APO projects (Asian Productivity Organization) were invited to act as resource speakers to discuss and share the knowledge, learning and experiences they gained from APO capability building projects they attended.

Grace Lebria, Program Coordinator for National Eco-labeling Program, PCEPSDI

The first speaker, Ms. Grace Lebria, Program Director, Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc. (PCEPSDI), provided the participants an overview of the current global environmental issues and challenges, followed by a short lecture on the concept of Green Productivity.

She zeroed in on GP tools such as MFCA (material flow cost accounting) and waste management. Ms. Lebria further showcased some of the GP best practices of Fiji and other countries. She likewise shared some GP initiatives in the Philippines, such as Green Procurement, Green Building, Sustainable Tourism, and the Ecolabelling program, a project spearheaded by her organization.

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Ms. Rea Geraldino, Project Officer, DAP Sustainable Human Development Program

Another speaker, Ms. Rea Geraldino, Project Officer of DAP’s Sustainable Human Development Program, shared her insights and learning on Community-driven Development through the Saemaul Undong Model.

She discussed briefly the history of the Saemaul Undong (SU) model, and presented its stages of development. This was followed by citing successful applications of SU in Korea, as well as Indonesia and the Philippines.

The City Leadership and Governance Program (CLGP) of Puerto Princesa and Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDS) were cited by Ms. Geraldino as initiatives similar to from the SU.

One of realizations she shared was that the most valuable long-term benefits of the SU movement were not its outward tangible achievements, but rather those that resulted from the sweeping change in the mentality of the people induced by the SU itself.

Dr. Alan Cajes, Vice-President, DAP Sustainable Human Development Program

Last but not the least, Dr. Alan Cajes, Vice-President and Head of DAP Sustainable Human Development Program, enlightened the participants on the concept of the Circular Economy.

With his topic, Green Productivity: Action for the Future, he narrowed in on Global Goals for Sustainable Development and focused on how we can contribute to the possible achievement of goal 12 – sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources, and substantial reduction of waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse by 2030.

He cited some initiatives on Green Industry, Eco-tourism and Eco-cities/industrial parks. In one of his recommendations, he mentioned that the government should pursue an eco-industrial park approach that promotes industry clustering.

This implies that certain industries will be located near each other in such a manner that the waste of a locator becomes input of another locator. This will close the loop and minimize waste production. He is hopeful that the DAP can do a study on this approach given the number of industrial parks that have been established all over the country. This can be jointly pursued by DAP in partnership with other organizations or agencies.

Guests

(L-R) Dr. Carol Acosta, Dean, Holy Angels University, Ms. Grace Sapuay, President, Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines, Dr. Brenda Manzano, Undersecretary, DOST

Participants appreciated the lectures and presentations, and looked forward to attending more GP-related forums, especially on Green Technologies and Green Purchasing.

The APO Grantees Forum is a regular activity organized by the DAP-APO Secretariat.

Article by:

Michael JM Del Mundo
Program Coordinator
DAP-APO Secretariat

 

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17th APO Grantees Forum: Green Productivity, Resource Recovery and Water Management Technologies, 26 Oct 2017, DAP Pasig

The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) as the National Productivity Organization (NPO), is organizing the APO Grantees’ Forum on 26 October 2017, from 9:30 am to 4:00 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, Resource Recovery and Water Management Technologies”, 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 Management Consultancy on GP focusing on SMEs” (Taipei, ROC 2017)
By Bobby Jones V. Domdom, MP, LPT
Consultant
Development Academy of the Philippines

“Training of Trainers and Consultants on Green Productivity” (Taipei, ROC 2017)
By Engr. Richard Andal, SWAPP
Environmental Scientist/Member
Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines (SWAPP)

“Workshop on Innovative Water Resource Management” (Tehran, Iran 2017)
By Engr. Eric A. Raymundo, CEM
Environmental Expert/Board Member
Water and Environment Association of the Philippines (WEAP)

LEARNING INVESTMENT & PAYMENT POLICIES

Php 500.00 per pax paid onsite (official receipt to be provided on the venue);
• Payment inclusive of certificate, lunch/snacks, air-con venue, e-copy of presentation materials,
• Bank deposit payment to Land Bank of the Philippines SA 0671-0105-40
• Limited seats up to 30 pax only, early reservation/registration is encouraged;
• Prepaid participants gets priority seating;

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

15th APO Grantees Forum: Sustainable Tourism for Revitalizing Rural Communites in the Philippines, May 3, 2017, Cebu City, Philippines

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The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) as the National Productivity Organization, is organizing the 15th Asian Productivity Organization (APO) Grantees’ Forum on May 3, 2017, Wednesday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Harold’s Hotel, Cebu City.

This Forum serves as a platform for sharing, learning and networking among APO alumni/grantees, identifying strategies for collaboration with productivity champions and stakeholders which is also in line with creating “multiplier effects” of APO programs.

With the theme “Sustainable Tourism for revitalizing rural communities in the Philippines”, this activity will share information and updates on green productivity/sustainable tourism- related activities and initiatives by selected APO member countries, share highlights of APO study mission held in Hawaii and insights on planning and management of rural tourism and best practices in Hawaii, share the success story of Aloguinsan, a world class Eco-tourism in Cebu, and promote national collaboration among public and private sector groups, APO alumni, and other stakeholders in the area of GP/sustainable tourism.

The following APO grantees were invited to serve as resource speakers: Ms. Aster C. Caberte, Regional Director, DTI Region 7; and Mr. Joselito R. Costas, Provincial Tourism Officer, Cebu Provincial Government.

For this forum we offer a minimal fee of Php 350.00 per participant to cover the cost of air-conditioned venue, snacks & refreshments, and freebies (via raffle).

To receive more information, please contact our APO Grantees Forum Secretariat at tel nos. (02) 631-2126 – Manila, (032) 412-1856 – Cebu, or e-mail apolugrantees@yahoo.com.ph.

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

14th APO Grantees Forum: Expanding the Synergistic Effects of Green Productivity in the Region, June 3, 2016, DAP Pasig City, Philippines

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The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) as the National Productivity Organization, is organizing the 14th Asian Productivity Organization (APO) Grantees’ Forum on June 3, 2016, Friday, from 10:00am to 4:00pm at LS Virata Hall, DAP Building, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Metro Manila.

This Forum serves as a platform for sharing, learning and networking among APO alumni/grantees, identifying strategies for collaboration with productivity champions and stakeholders which is also in line with creating “multiplier effects” of APO programs.

With the theme “Expanding the Synergistic Effects of Green Productivity (GP) in the Region”, 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.

The following APO grantees were invited to serve as resource speakers: Ms. Diane Gail J. Llanto, OIC-Division Chief, Natural Resources Division, NEDA; Mr. Alan S. Cajes, Vice-President & Managing Director, Sustainable Human Development Program, DAP; and Ms. Blesila A. Lantayona, Assistant Secretary for Regional Operations, DTI.

For this forum we offer a minimal fee of Php 350.00 per participant to cover the cost of air-conditioned venue, lunch and snacks, refreshments, and freebies (via raffle).

To receive more information, please contact our APO Grantees Forum Secretariat at tel nos. (02) 631-2126, 631-0921 local 107, or e-mail apolu@dap.edu.ph / apolugrantees@yahoo.com.ph.

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

9th APO Grantees Forum: Green Productivity and Innovation Approaches for Green Growth, March 30, 2013, Cebu City

Participants

Participants to the 9th APO Grantees Forum

The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) through its APO Liaison Office conducted the 9th APO Grantees Forum held in Quest Hotel and Conference Center in Cebu City last March 20, 2013. The forum was organized in partnership with the Provincial Office of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The forum theme “Green Productivity and Innovation Approaches for Green Growth” is in line with promoting knowledge sharing among APO grantees, productivity practitioners, experts, advocates and other stakeholders, and the advocacy on Green Productivity and Innovation towards a Green Economy.

Invited speakers/APO alumni who shared their learnings and knowledge on the various sub-topics included: Engr. Guillermo F. Saret, Jr., Chief Innovation Officer of Pascual Laboratories and also the President of Leonie Agri Corporation; Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo, PhD, President of Visayas State University (VSU); and Ms. Dawn Rhoda M. Jamandre, President of Jamandre Industries, Inc. and the Panay Organic Producers Association (POPA).

Controlled Environment Agriculture Systems and Green Technologies

“There’s really a lot of catching up to do if we want to shift to controlled environment agriculture system.” - Dr. Joe Bacusmo, Visayas State University

“There’s really a lot of catching up to do if we want to shift to controlled environment agriculture system.” – Dr. Joe Bacusmo, Visayas State University

During his presentation, Dr. Joe Bacusmo shared the trends in greenhouse technology in Asia, and the highlights of his visit to several greenhouses in South Korea during the APO study mission he attended.

Dr. Bacusmo enumerated the numerous advantages of applying controlled environment agriculture enjoyed by farmers in Japan, Taiwan, and Korea, among of which is that you can grow more plants to a limited area, reduce chemical strain by 90%- reduce not reuse, and reduce post harvest losses.

The real challenge, Dr. Bacusmo said, is how to adapt and implement the system in the country. First, the market must be willing to pay premium price for organically produced plants in the less urban areas. The initial investment for this type of greenhouse is costly (a million pesos for a small greenhouse). The capability of farmers must also be developed. On the side of research, the government needs to designate experts/professors to specialize in greenhouse establishment and management. The government also needs to fund training of engineers from universities on greenhouse design and the fabrication of greenhouse components.

To cap his presentation, Dr. Bacusmo noted how far behind the Philippines is compared to its neighbor countries when it comes to greenhouse technology. “There’s really a lot of catching up to do if we want to shift to controlled environment agriculture system”, he concluded.

Green Productivity and Innovation: Pascual Lab and LAC Farms Experience

Engr. Jun Saret, President, LAC Farms and Chief Innovation Officer, Pascual Lab

Engr. Jun Saret, President, LAC Farms and Chief Innovation Officer, Pascual Lab

The second speaker, Engr. Jun Saret, introduced Pascual Laboratories and its products which followed Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). Engr. Saret shared that LAC Farms, which is a subsidiary of Pascual Lab, used to produce crops only. Now, it is a fully rehabilitated organic farm. LAC Farms empowered their farmers, and transformed them into partners, taught them how to manage their own businesses and setup their own farm (they call this as community of practice).

At LAC Farms, he said, they bio-diversified not only in medicinal plants but also in making soaps, detergents, as well as pest control. One of their secrets, Engr. Saret said, is that they have technical trainings, and they put Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and other related trainings that inculcates value formation, including weekly prayer assemblies for farmers to help strengthen their faith. Faith strengthened them and helped push for social innovation in the community.

In conclusion, Engr. Saret said that the Philippines is gifted, and is one of the most bio-diversified countries in the world. If only Filipinos can effectively utilize resources to bring out nature’s products, with the help of the government, small farmers will greatly benefit, and even produce high value crops.

Thailand Organic & Natural Farming Best Practices

Dr. Dawn Jamandre, President, Panay Organic Producers Association

Dr. Dawn Jamandre, President, Panay Organic Producers Association

For her part, Ms. Jamandre shared the Sufficiency Economy concept in Thailand and its applications. She explained how the Self-reliance or “New theory” is considered as a strategy to guide the Thai people to assist themselves so that they can have the means to live and eat. Ms. Jamandre shared the learnings from the APO Study Mission to Thailand on Organic and Natural Farming.

In the integration of learnings and open forum that followed the speakers presentation, the participants conveyed that going organic requires a lot of commitment. They appreciated what the speakers have shared and expressed strong interest to start applying the learnings. Questions were raised and directed to the resource speakers regarding the topics they discussed wherein Dr. Bacusmo, Engr. Saret and Ms. Jamandre willingly accommodated.

Niña Maria Estudillo, Emcee and Forum Facilitator

Niña Maria Estudillo, Emcee and Forum Facilitator

There were also exchanges of ideas on the next steps to be undertaken by the organizers and the participants. One is that DAP should implement more projects on Green Technologies in support of the Tourism Industry.

Second is that DAP and DTI should run similar events and forums in the Visayas in the near future. And third, that a panel of productivity experts/consultants be formed in Cebu that will help coordinate and facilitate these activities in the region.

Carlos A. Sayco, Jr., DAP Vice-President and APO Liaison Officer

Carlos A. Sayco, Jr., DAP Vice-President and APO Liaison Officer

During his closing remarks, DAP Vice President and APO Liaison Officer for the Philippines, Mr. Carlos A. Sayco Jr., extended his gratitude to the participants and hoped to jointly undertake collaborative projects with the participants and other key stakeholders in the public and private sectors.

There were 53 participants from various public & private sector organizations who attended and were impressed with the resource speakers. Many were even inspired to start their own organic farm and to share insights from the forum to co-workers and friends.

 

 

7th APO Grantees Forum: Driving Innovation towards Transformational Change and Competitiveness, 19 October 2012, Crowne Plaza Quezon City

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The Development Academy of the Philippines through its International Relations, Innovation and Strategic Convergence Initiatives and Partnerships (IRISCIP) – APO Liaison Office (APOLO) organized the 7th Regional Asian Productivity Organization (APO) Grantees Forum in Crowne Plaza Galleria Quezon City on 19 October 2012, with the theme “Driving Innovation towards Transformational Change and Competitiveness”.

Participated by 46 productivity and quality practitioners/advocates from various government agencies, private sector companies, businesses, academe and even non-government organizations (NGOs), the forum provided the opportunity to share innovative ideas, modern tools, useful techniques and best practices of organizations with embedded principles on innovation. Four (4) APO grantee-resource speakers from various sectors were invited to share their knowledge and learning on innovation through value addition to agricultural products, innovation through process improvement-Six Sigma, design innovation in the packaging industry, and promoting innovation through science and technology education.

In his welcome remarks, Mr. Carlos A. Sayco, Jr., DAP Vice-President for International Relations, Innovation and Strategic Partnership, and APO Liaison Officer for the Philippines explained that the theme for the forum is in line with APO’s strategy on innovation promotion. He said that innovation is happening everywhere, and if we do not catch up, we will be left behind. The perennial problem in the country, Mr. Sayco commented, is that we don’t track innovation. There are so many innovative ideas and oftentimes, they only stay as ideas, they don’t get transformed to useful things that people buy or something that creates value added for enterprises. Innovation, as it is, remains as a cost. Real innovation is something that is useful to people, communities, governments, and even to worldwide consumers. And this is the challenge for all of us: how to transform the lives of others through Innovation, Mr. Sayco said.

Guillermo ‘Jun’ Saret Jr., VP and CIO, Pascual Laboratories and President, Leonie Agri Corporation (LAC Farms)

The forum’s first speaker Engr. Guillermo Saret Jr., Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Pascual Laboratories, and President Leonie Agri Corporation (LAC Farms), said that the Philippines can be world class when it comes to agriculture, people just need to find ways to commercialize agricultural products. Further, to innovate in farming is to customize equipment to ensure effectiveness and safety. He acknowledged the fact that value addition is a challenge, and he is thankful for the assistance that the government have provided specifically the agriculture and science and technology ministries.

Another secret to LAC Farm success is social innovation. He said they teach farmers to become micro entrepreneurs, teach them various organic farming methods and values formation to achieve productivity and sustainability, and even put up a cooperative for them. As a result, they were able to transform barren grassland into a productive organic farm.

Ariel Driz, Senior Consultant, Performex Asia, Inc.

Mr. Ariel Driz, Senior Consultant of Performex Asia Inc., explained that improvement only starts when we are burdened about something in our life, thus, we need to reinvent ourselves. As a certified Six Sigma Master Black belt/Master Instructor, he believes Six Sigma is not just a methodology; it is also a value management approach. It is a developed way to create value, to create break-through, because not all tools and techniques can be used to trigger break-through.

Six Sigma provides tools to let you innovate your process, to let you improve your process. Mr. Driz added that most processes in the service industry have less than 10% value added and more than 90% non-value added. This means, more than 90% of what people do is non-value added. Good thing there are tools used to remove the non-value added in the work place, like the Lean technique.

Virginia Robledo, Packaging R&D Specialist, San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corporation

Ms. Virginia Robledo, Packaging Research and Development Specialist, Design Innovation and Solution Center-Innovations Group, San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corporation (SMYPC), presented her company’s best practices in innovation. She said that in the beginning, their mother company San Miguel Corporation has setup the Innovations Group called Innovations Network for Technological Excellence and Leadership (INTEL) which is the forerunner of innovative products. INTEL is tasked to develop innovation strategic roadmap, integrate and strengthen R & D initiatives; and collaborate across SMYPC.

In SMYPC, they have established their own internal and external innovations framework, from goal setting to product launch, because they believe a product is not considered an innovation unless it is commercialized and sold. She also shared the key success factors of innovation in SMYPC as vision, leadership, management support, customer, technology, innovative attitude and effective planning. Towards the end of her presentation, Ms. Robledo showcased some of the innovative packaging products that are already out in the market.

Mylene Abiva, President and CEO, Felta Multi-media Inc. and Program Director, Philippine Robotics Olympiad

The last speaker, and certainly not the least, Ms. Mylene Abiva, President and CEO, Felta Multi-Media Inc., said that innovation should start with the youth, because they are the best instrument to help achieve our country’s growth. And she does not believe that I.Q. alone is the key for this–we need to find ways to eliminate the insecurities of students in order to bring out their creativity and problem solving skills.

Ms. Abiva, also the Program Director of Philippine Robotics Olympiad (PRO), explained that at PRO, they teach the students the core values, the importance of teamwork and the idea of ‘COOMPETITION’ (cooperation-competition), where students learn while helping one another and at the same time, have fun.

“Through Robotics we can be life changers, that we can inspire the students to be better” – Abiva

At PRO they help the students make right decisions in solving problems. They teach the students and at the same time encourage their parents to participate, either by being a mentor or a judge, through various awards and recognition. As proof of the success of this program, the Philippines have won four (4) Gold medals and several Silver medals since 2002. There is also a significant number of increase in the number of students and schools who joined the program, from 36 teams in 2002, to 286 teams in 2010, and the numbers keep adding up to this date. Before there is only the Philippine Robotics Olympiad, now, there is the Philippine Robotic Academy, the Philippine Robotic Alumni Association and the Philippine Robotic Society. Ms. Abiva concluded that through robotics we can be life changers, that we can inspire the students to be better.

6th APO Grantees Forum: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness in SMEs, September 23, 2011, Crowne Plaza Quezon City

Group Photo of Participants

Sixty One (61) productivity and quality practitioners, experts, advocates and champions, a great majority are Asian Productivity Organization (APO) Alumni or Grantees, converged in Crowne Plaza Galleria, Quezon City last 23 September 2011 for the 6th APO Grantees Forum themed “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness in SMEs”. Hosted by the Development Academy of the Philippines through its International Relations, Innovation, and Strategic Convergence Initiatives and Partnerships Group (IRISCIP), the discussions were led by four APO Grantee resource speakers.

Carlos A. Sayco Jr., DAP Vice-President and APO Liaison Officer during the Welcome Remarks

Presentations by the speakers elicited thought-provoking discussions from the group. Mr. Ramir V. Bonghanoy, President, Bon-Ace Fashion Tools Inc., shared his company’s experience in using Product Innovation and Creativity to penetrate international market.

Ms. Julia Lorena D. Manrique, Marketing Manager, Moonbake Inc., shared their company’s journey to competitiveness using Knowledge Management as tool for Innovation.

Resource Speaker Julia Manrique, Moonbake, Inc. on Innovation through Knowledge Management

Mr. Pedro H. Delantar Jr., President and CEO, Natures Legacy Eximport, presented his company’s experience in driving innovation through Green Technology.

Pedro Delantar Jr. of Nature’s Legacy on Driving Innovation through Green Technology

Last but not the least, Mr. Rommel T. Juan, President and CEO, Binalot Fiesta Foods Inc., highlighted his company’s experience in Marketing Innovation and Entrepreneurship Promotion.

During the forum, the APO grantees learned a great deal about Innovation and how it can be applied to boost business profitability and sustainability.

Product Innovation by Resource Speaker Ramir Bonghanoy, Bon-Ace Fashion Tools

Mr. Bonghanoy recalled that during his college years, one of his professors advised him to give his best to be recognized. Social recognition, he said, is important to gain various connections, even financiers. By partnering with his various connections in the public and private sectors through CSR initiatives, his company Bon-Ace Fashion Tools made it through international market as one of the leading exporters of buttons and fashion accessories in Europe.

On the other hand, Mr. Rommel Juan of Binalot Foods shared that in business, you have to give value, and this value should relate to customers, value that the customers will appreciate and spend for. This means avoiding selling products at a low price if the quality would suffer.

Resource Speaker Rommel Juan of Binalot Fiesta Foods Inc. on Entrepreneurial Innovation

He also emphasized the importance of being able to constantly communicate with customers and know what they want. In their case, they do it through Social Media Networks like Facebook and Twitter. They get immediate feedbacks, feedbacks that they use to improve their products and services.

Maximo Ricohermoso of MCPI Corporation Cebu accepting the Token of Appreciation from DAP President Antonio Kalaw Jr.

Mr. Maximo Ricohermoso, President of MCPI Corporation Cebu, who was invited as reactor to the speakers, commented, “I want to congratulate DAP for organizing this grantees forum, because this is a great opportunity for us grantees to share our learning and experiences with each other. I hope DAP could implement more forums like this in the future”.

4th APO Grantees Forum: Competitiveness Enhancement through Quality Management, December 29, 2009, Cebu City

Group Photo of APO Grantees

Group Photo of APO Grantees

The Cebu Forum that was held at Cebu Parklane Hotel last December 29, 2009 was participated in by 30 APO Grantees/P&Q practitioners, both from the public and private sectors from Western, Central and Eastern Visayas. In line with the theme – Competitiveness Enhancement through Quality Management – three (3) Grantees shared their experiences and lessons learned on the application of the knowledge and skills acquired from the APO programs that they attended.

Aileen Ricohermoso, Associate Project Officer and ISO Project Coordinator, DAP

“Executive Order 605 (EO 605) seeks the adaptation of ISO 9001 standards by Philippine government institutions” – Aileen Ricohermoso, Associate Project Officer and ISO Project Coordinator, DAP

The first presenter, Ms. Aileen A. Ricohermoso, Associate Project Officer, Development Academy of the Philippines, also the DAP ISO project coordinator, shared DAP’s success story in ISO Quality Management System (QMS) Implementation.

Ms. Ricohermoso began her presentation by citing some problems encountered by government agencies such as: inconsistent policies; overlapping of functions; and unclear procedures. These problems, she said, may be the result of the lack of organizational standards, systems and procedure, and that these may be effectively addressed using Quality Management Systems. It is in line with this that the National Government issued Executive Order 605, which stipulates the adaptation of ISO 9001 by the Executive Branch, Government Financing Institutions, Government-owned and Controlled Corporations, Local Government Units, and even Constitutional Offices.

This EO means institutionalization of the QMS to all government institutions, with the objective of enhancing public sector performance; obtaining and maintaining transparency; documentation of services, and recognition of citizen driven agencies that attain certification of QMS.

Ms. Richohermoso explained that in 2006, the government developed the Government Quality Management System (GQMS) Standards that is the translation of the International Standards in the government language. GQMS is the framework of QMS in the Philippines and a Council called Government Quality Management Council was created to be in charge of the implementation and regulation of the QMS in the country. The government also issued certification to those agencies that are successful in adopting the QMS.

The highlight of Ms. Ricohermoso’s talk is her discussion of DAP being ISO QMS 9001 certified. She said that DAP, mandated to be a change catalyst and capacity builder, and an advocate of the QMS, became part of the GQMS program that assisted and guided institutions who wanted to adopt QMS. Also, in response to the EO 605, DAP launched a project entitled: “Institutionalization of QMS in DAP”. As Project Manager for the said project, Ms. Ricohermoso shared the challenges, hardships and successes of the QMS implementation in the Academy. She said being able to successfully accomplish the project, leading to DAP becoming ISO QMS 9001- certified, gave her team, and the rest of the Academy, the sense of pride and ownership. More importantly, it provided the quality service that DAP has committed to provide to its clients/customers.

Edgardo M. Esperancilla, Regional Director, DOST Region 8

“To promote business incubators is to promote the economy” – Edgardo M. Esperancilla, Regional Director, DOST Region 8

The forum’s second presenter, Engr. Edgardo M. Esperancilla, Regional Director of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 8, shared his learning and experiences during his participation in the APO Study Mission on Entrepreneurship and Technology/Business Incubation that was held in Canada.

He presented a study by The National Business Incubators Association of Canada in 2005 regarding the status of Business Incubators and its impact to their economy. According to Mr. Esperancilla, business incubators play a vital role in building and accelerating growth in the economy of a country. Business incubators also provide services that are important in settling up a business. These services are: giving advices; providing assistance in creating formal organization; training and teaching sessions, doing business planning, as well as funding.

But of course business incubators are also faced with the problems of lack of government support, lack of equipment and technical support, lack of networking and training, and lack of facilities for the commercialization of products.This why Mr. Esperancilla strongly believed that if we want economic acceleration here in the Philippines, the government has to take the necessary actions to support and promote business incubators here in our country, because incubators help not just by settling up businesses, but also in creating jobs, building and accelerating growth of local industries, commercializing technologies, developing local industries, and fostering entrepreneurial climate. For him, to promote incubators is to promote economy.

Philip N. Tan, President and CEO, Wellmade Motors Corporation

“To contribute to the socioeconomic development of the country, companies must be ethically, socially, environmentally, and economically responsible” – Philip N. Tan, President and CEO, Wellmade Motors Corporation

And last but not the least, Mr. Philip N. Tan, President and CEO, Wellmade Motors Corporation, shared his learning from the APO Study Mission on Quality and Innovation held in Switzerland that he participated in. Mr. Tan also shared his company’s journey and best practices in ISO Quality Management System implementation.

In his talk, Mr. Tan stressed that the business standards are so high that one must be competitive enough to profit and survive. And competitiveness means being innovative and being able to offer quality products and services. Mr. Tan enumerated some areas in which companies need to draw attention in order to make it, these are: Quality- meaning continuous improvement; safety; and environmental compliance.

Mr. Tan strongly believes that manpower should be prioritized in order for a company to succeed. Investment on human component and taking care of the customers are vital to a company’s survival. Another point that Mr. Tan stressed out is the need for a company to have values beyond just making profits to generate money. A company must not just focus on profit and success. They must allow failure so they can learn more, experiment – so they can know more. Mr. Tan sees competition not just as a tool of eliminating or defeating one’s competitor. It is also a way of improving one’s self. Beat yourself, before you beat others. Finally, Mr. Tan said that to contribute to the socioeconomic development of the country, companies must be ethically, socially, environmentally and economically responsible.

Carlos A. Sayco Jr., Vice-President, DAP and APO Liaison Officer for the Philippines

Carlos A. Sayco Jr., Vice-President, DAP and APO Liaison Officer for the Philippines

The APO Grantees Forum could be a gateway towards a more efficient sharing of learnings, not just for the benefit of the Grantees, but also that of the APO when they (Grantees) serve as experts. As mentioned by Mr. Carlos A. Sayco Jr, DAP Vice-President and APO Liaison Officer for the Philippines during his opening remarks, among the objectives of the forum are: to share learnings for both the public and private sectors on Productivity and Quality Improvement; to create a profile of the expertise of the grantees; to update the directory of Grantees; and to look for possible initial activity or tie- up between DAP and the APO grantees’ respective organizations.

One of the most significant results of the forum is the renewal of commitment for DAP-APO Grantees partnership to pursue relevant action programs towards increased productivity and competitiveness of public and private sectors in the Visayas.