Thursday, August 23, 2012

Productivity Improvement Program

When the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) launched the Productivity Improvement Program I would say it was one move that will benefit both the employee and the whole organization or company. The Productivity based pay is also an output production measurement and must give an awareness to the employee about their capacity and balance between the input and output.

On August 23, 2012, out from the 23 manufacturing companies at the Laguna Techno Park (LTP) at Binan, Laguna, only 7 are still not practicing the new DOLE program. The majority from this group shared that the program gives more strength and opportunities for the whole organization. The program according to them gives consistency, institutionalized a process, clarity and transparency. The program also gives more strength to the workers according to an HR Manager from Panasonic Precision Devices Philippines Corporation.

To encourage more the different companies not only at TLP but to all manufacturing businesses in the Philippines, the DOLE Region 4A under Director Alex V. Avila with Robelinda dela Rosa, Board Secretary of RTWPB IV-A initiated the giving of certificates of acknowledgement to those companies that complied with the Productivity Improvement Program (PIP) and Productivity Based Pay Program (PBP).

Assistant Vice President under Yutaka Manufacturing Philippines Atty. Ma. Fatima U. Liu gave a message to the HR Managers and employees at the Amtek Manufacturing Company Hall with media practitioners headed by the Philippine Information Agency 4A.

Here are the companies that complied with the programs;
F. Tech R&D Philippines, Inc.
Ichinomiya Electronics Philippines Corporation
Katolec Philippines Corporation
Yutaka Manufacturing Philippines Incorporated
Fujitsu Ten Corporation of the Philippines
Meinan Philippines Incorporated
Wakorepco Manufacturing Philippines Incorporated
Swedish Match Philippines Incorporated
Superflex Logistics Incorporated
Ryonan electric Philippines Corporation
Surtec Philippines Incorporated
NIPPI manpower Services
Sapphire Industrial Laundry Services Incorporated
Takata Philippines Corporation
Panasonic Precision Devices Philippines Corporation
Nihon Garter Philippines Incorporated

A background from May 2012 launched of the program. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said that Wage Order No. IV-15 issued by the CALABARZON Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) introduced for the first time a two-tier wage system consists of a floor wage.

The first tier, which covers all workers and functions as a social safety net, and a productivity based pay, while the second tier is determined jointly by workers and management based on agreed set of parameters and is linked to individual, group or organizational productivity, performance or a combination of criteria. Under the wage order, companies are required to set up within three months after its effectively the so-called Productivity Improvement and incentives Committee (PIIC).

The PIIC shall serve as the implementing mechanism of productivity-based pay with equal representation from both workers and employers. Its functions include determination of productivity-based pay schemes, parameters, measurements, coverage, and amount of productivity-based pay to be given to covered workers.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sotto against a Million Bloggers in the Philippines

August 16, 2012, A lot of Bloggers at the Social Media site Twitter pours their outraged over Senator Vicente Sotto III after his interview with ANC's Headstart Karen Davila was reached the Netizens with his statement " Bakit ko naman iqu quote ang blogger? Blogger lang iyon." (Why am I going to quote a blogger? She's just a blogger.)

With the Senator statement, he obviously didn't realize the capabilities of bloggers. From wikipedia " Social networking is one of the most active web-based activities in the Philippines, with Filipinos being declared as the most active users on a number of web-based social network sites such as Friendster, Facebook, Multiply, Friendly and Twitter. The use of social networking website has become so extensive in the Philippines that the country has been tagged as "The Social Networking Capital of the World," and has also become part of Filipino cyber culture. Social networking is also used in the Philippines as a form of election campaign material, as well as tools to aid criminal investigation."

According to the internet, "A blog from the term web log is a discussion or information site published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order so the most recent post appears first. Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often were themed on a single subject. More recently "multi-author blogs" (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, interest groups and similar institutions account for an increasing proportion of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other "micro blogging" systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into societal newstreams. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog."

In the Philippines with more or less than 100 Million in population and counting which according to some advocates are because of the lack of Reproductive Health Bill (lack of education, poverty and accessibility to hospitals, accessibility to condoms, pills and other reproductive health services and products for free among others), the country garnered more percentage in online usage, meaning, majority of the population are voters every election and the Senators statement from some bloggers was very discriminating.

From Jon Russell of Asian "Asia dominates the world’s biggest social networking markets according to research from blog 24/7 Wall Street who compiled a list of countries where Facebook penetration (usage per population) is highest."

The Philippines tops the list with 93.9 percent of the nation reportedly signed up to Facebook, the full list is below with the summary from each Southeast Asian market following.

Philippines 93.9%
Israel 91%
Turkey 90.9%
Chile 90.2%
Argentina 89.2%
Malaysia 88.4%
Indonesia 87.5%
Peru 87.2%
Colombia 86.9%
Venezuela 86.2%

What is interesting is just how high Twitter usage amongst the three Southeast Asia countries while LinkedIn remains particularly low.

1. Philippines
> Facebook: 93.9%
> Twitter: 16.1%
> LinkedIn: 1.9%
> Internet Use: 29.7%

Social network penetration is incredibly high in the Philippines, reaching 95%. Facebook is the country’s most popular website, more so than Google, and has a penetration rate of 93.9%. The Philippines is also the eighth most popular country for Twitter use on a global scale, with a penetration rate of 16.1%. The popularity of photo sharing has increased by 46% in the country in one year, largely due to Facebook. Social networking is so popular among Filipinos, the country has been nicknamed “The Social Networking Capital of the World.” - Jon Russell

Discrimination against bloggers without knowing what they could do or maybe the Senator thought that bloggers are just those people who are using different Social Media tools for chatting and gossiping and it must be a wake up call to the Senator with majority of the bloggers show their sentiments by using a twitter hashtag #bloggerslangkami (we are just bloggers).

To make the story short, a blogger could be anyone, might be a doctor, architect, engineer, teacher, a government official like USEC like Manolo Quezon, Commissioner from the Bureau of Customs Ruffy Biazon, Senator Pia Cayetano or might be a computer engineer, Information Technology practitioner or the majority of the Philippine population.

Senator Sotto might be in power right now and his vote for the Reproductive Health Bill might be important but from his background as a Television host for sure never adds up to his credibility.The Filipino people elected him to be competent, reliable and fair to everyone, he must understand that as the one in a government office, it is not about him (when he said something about his child who died because of the complication which according to him was because of the pills) but about the majority of the population, rich or poor, for all Filipinos welfare.