Extended! APO Self-learning e-Course on Rural Entrepreneurship Development, ongoing until Jun 30, 2018

Entrepreneurship is a driving force for rural development. It involves strategic interventions to accelerate and revitalize declining rural economies by expanding business outreach to farm/non-farm 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 the self-learning e-course until June 30, 2018, 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 is 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 continuing until the closing hours of June 30, 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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Extended! APO Self-learning e-Course on Waste Management in Agriculture, ongoing until Jun 30, 2018

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 the self-learning e-course until June, 2018, 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 is until the closing hours of June 30, 2018.

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.

Extended! APO Self-learning e-Course on OHSAS 18001, ongoing until Dec 31, 2018

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, 2017 to December 31, 2018. 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 the closing hours of December 31, 2018.

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, 631-0921 local 110/107, or e-mail at apolugrantees@ yahoo.com.ph, apolu.bonna @ gmail.com. Attn. Mr. Michael M. del Mundo or Ms. Bonna D. Frias. Other details can also be found at the APO website: http://www.apo-tokyo.org;

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 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.

Highlights: 2nd International Conference on Biofertilizers and Biopesticides, Aug 8-11, 2017, Taichung, ROC

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO) in collaboration with the Council of Agriculture (COA), Executive Yuan, China Productivity Center (CPC), and Agricultural Technology Research Institute (ATRI) organized the 2nd International Conference on Biofertilizers and Biopesticides in Taichung, the Republic of China (ROC), from 8 to 11 August 2017 (hereafter called “The Conference”).

The Conference commenced on 8 August 2017. COA Deputy Minister Dr. Chin-Cheng Huang attended the opening ceremony and delivered the inaugural address. Director-General Dr. Chih-Sheng Chang of the Department of Science and Technology and President Dr. Wen-Chuan Lee of ATRI presented welcome remarks on behalf of their organizations. Opening remarks were also given by Director Eugene Lin of the Integrated Business and Training Services Division, CPC, and Director Dr. Muhammad Saeed of the Agriculture Department, APO Secretariat.

More than 200 professionals, representing the biofertilizer and biopesticide (BB) industry, academia, agricultural extension services, NGOs, and practitioners from 11 APO member countries attended. Twenty-three overseas participants were from Bangladesh, Cambodia, the ROC, India, IR Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. Nine resource persons from Australia, the ROC, India, Malaysia, and Thailand gave presentations and served as discussants.

The Conference was a follow-up to the first (1st ICBB) in 2016 on the same topic with the objectives of sharing recent initiatives in R&D and national regulations on BB, discussing successful models of scaling up BB applications, and formulating strategic action plans to accelerate cooperation among Asian countries for BB development. The conference consisted of thematic presentations by resource persons, sharing of country experiences by participants, panel discussions, open discussion forums, and field visits.

Conference coverage included global trends in R&D on BB; role of industry in conducting R&D and commercialization of BB; latest regulations on BB (i.e., problems and solutions of BB regulations, registration procedures, and auxiliary policies) in APO member countries; and regional and international cooperation to expedite BB product commercialization, registration, and application. To observe activities relating to BB R&D and use in the host country, the participants visited: 1) Taichung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station of the COA, Dacun township, Changhua county; and 2) Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Demonstration Field of Jia-Non Enterprise Co., Ltd., Sioushuei township, Changhua county.

Participants reviewed the recommendations of the 1st ICBB held in 2016 and progress on the follow-up to those recommendations. The participants agreed that many of the recommendations of the 1st ICBB were still valid and relevant and their implementation could go a long way toward the development and expanded use of BB in Asia and the Pacific. Participants also updated some of the recommendations of the 1st ICBB and suggested new ones.

MAIN RECOMMENDATIONS

1. Research

a. Multiple microorganism consortia have proved to be more effective compared with single-microbial inoculants. Therefore, there is a need to undertake coordinated research to develop multimicroorganism commercial products.

b. Coordinated research among member countries is needed to create synergies and avoid wasting resources due to duplication of efforts.

c. Industry participation is crucial for the commercialization of technologies. Therefore, sustainable industry–researcher partnerships in product development leading to stable products with long shelf-lives are critical.

d. Smart agriculture is key for the development of sustainable agriculture to feed around 9.5 billion people in 2050. Therefore, smart technologies need to be integrated with microbial technologies to develop effective smart packages.

2. Development

a. New BB technologies in the form of liquid inoculants, gel beads, and lyophilized cultures are emerging frontiers. Member countries need to establish participatory partnerships with industry to assess the suitability and economic viability of such technologies.

b. Member countries have developed various BB technologies. To consolidate the information and move forward, it is necessary to develop an e-document on recent R&D in BB fields with the participation of all APO countries.

3. Regulatory Framework

a. APO members are in different stages of BB regulatory development. Harmonization of such regulations is required at the regional level. For this purpose, the OECD guidelines and harmonization for microbial control agent document could be taken into consideration as a reference.

b. There is a need to constitute a group of experts on biopesticides, which could develop common guidelines for developing a regulatory framework for all Asian countries. The APO could facilitate the creation of such a group.

4. Networking

a. During the 1st ICBB, it was suggested that a forum be established under the name ACOBB to consolidate efforts on R&D and regulatory issues among Asian countries. Initially, a web platform could be created where experts of all member countries could participate and develop an appropriate understanding of the need for such a platform. The COA of the ROC could take the lead, and the APO could assist in publicizing the availability of the network.

b. A database should be prepared on this web platform on various issues such as research with the participation of relevant institutes, developmental issues with the participation of industry, and regulatory issues involving regulatory authorities and promotional bodies. Such platform would be vital to: 1) initiate on-line dialogue for removing transborder restrictions on movements of knowledge, technologies, microorganisms, and commercial products; and 2) develop draft action plans and status papers for the way forward. The APO might request member countries to nominate nodal officers for such collaboration

5. Follow-up Face-to-face Multicountry Activity

a. The host country proposed that it would like to host conferences on different aspects of BB up to 2020. Participants endorsed that proposal and added that the continuation of such programs was important to monitor and assess the progress in implementing recommendations and analyzing case studies based on best practices.

b. Participants suggested that a change in the format of the conference could be considered to include a concurrent industrial exhibition and poster session including BB technologies, products, research findings, examples of commercialization, etc.

SALIENT CONCLUSIONS/RECOMMENDATIONS PRESENTED BY PHILIPPINE PARTICIPANTS

Ms. Irene A. Papa
Project Leader/University Researcher II
The National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
University of the Philippines Los Baños
College, Laguna
e-Mail: irenepapa112367@gmail.com iapapa@up.edu.ph

Dr. Mannix S. Pedro
University Researcher III/Program Leader
Biotechnology for Agriculture and Forestry Program
National Institute of Biotechnology and Melecular Biology,
University of the Philippines Los Baños,
College, Laguna
e-Mail: mannix23ph@yahoo.com

The BB industry in the Philippines has grown considerably with the encouragement of government agencies, leading research institutions, and private-sector enterprises. The Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 or Republic Act 10068 further promulgated R&D on and the use of BB.

The Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) ensures that the agricultural sector has an adequate supply of fertilizers and pesticides at reasonable prices. The FPA rationalizes the manufacturing and marketing of BB, as well as protects the public from and educates them on the risks inherent in fertilizer and pesticide use. Generally, BB are registered with the FPA but when intended as organic agricultural inputs, they are registered under the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards.

Strategies to promote the development and use of BB in the Philippines include: promoting public–private partnership; a focus on demand-driven development and use of BB; capacity-building training of farmer leaders and field technicians; an incentive program for cheaper, simpler registration and certification of BB; encouraging university and private company collaboration to attract private investment for manufacturing and commercialization; and grants to research institutions to create establishments to serve as factories for BB and plant mixing.

Published by: Asian Productivity Organization (APO), 2017

 

Invitation to Philippine Green Building Council (PhilGBC) National Convention, 17-21 Nov 2017, Manila

Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) is hosting the largest gathering of green building leaders, professionals, builders and advocates at the 2017 PHILGBC National Convention.

The National Convention will showcase the convergence of leaders from the Philippines’ building and construction industry and from National Green Building Councils in the Asia Pacific region to a series of green building events that fosters exchange of knowledge and expertise, and best practices in green building. Meaningful and productive dialogue among green building colleagues in the public and private sector will be promoted and relevant programs and initiatives that promotes building better and healthier places for people will be highlighted. The latest features of BERDE version 2.0, the Philippines’ National Voluntary Green Building Rating System recognized under the Department of Energy’s Philippine Energy Efficiency Project-Efficient Building Initiative, will be presented together with other relevant tools in green building.

This year, the Philippines shall serve as the host for the World Green Building Council-Asia Pacific Regional Network Meeting. Representatives from National Green Building Councils shall gather at various venues during the convention to meet, discuss, and strategize to address the rapid promotion and uptake of green building in the Asia Pacific region. The PHILGBC National Convention shall also be the venue to celebrate PHILGBC’s 10th founding anniversary. Be a part of the various events happening at the convention and enjoin fellow green builders, professionals and advocates from both the private and public sector as we celebrate a decade of market transformation.

Learn and Take Part in the discussions. Network and Build Relationships with Fellow Green Builders. Be there and support the advancement of sustainability and green building agenda in the market!

Reserve your seats and register at the various events during the PHILGBC National Convention by contacting the secretariat via:

Email: secretariat@philgbc.org
Phone: +63 (2) 815 9301
Fax: +63 (2) 858 8082
Event Website http://nationalconvention.philgbc.org/

(PHILGBC is a partner of the APO Grantees Forum for its Green Productivity initiatives)

Extended! APO Self-learning e-Course on Productivity Tools and Techniques (Advanced), Jul 1, 2017-Dec 31, 2018

 
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.

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), is implementing a self-learning e-course from July 1, 2017 until December 31, 2018, with the objective of enabling participants to understand the concepts and methodology of advanced productivity tools and techniques. Specifically, at the end of the course, participants will be able to describe, explain, and use the techniques and tools learned within their organizations and in offering consultancy services, especially to SMEs.

Target participants are government officials, SME managers, and NPO consultants involved in consultancy and training for SMEs.

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 1, 2017 and will end at the closing hours of December 31, 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, 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);

 

Extended! APO Self-learning e-Course on Productivity Tools and Techniques (Basic), Apr 1, 2017-Dec 31, 2018

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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, 2017 to December 31, 2018, 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 2018 (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.