Some 230 managers, including public officials, industry leaders and productivity specialists from the Philippines will participate in a series of training programmes in Singapore designed to contribute to the long-term growth of key industries in their home country. Supported by Temasek Foundation, the programmes are organised in partnership by Nanyang Polytechnic International and the National Wages and Productivity Commission of the Department of Labour and Employment in the Philippines.
The first programme, which was completed in March 2014, focused on productivity management. In addition to classroom training, participants visited small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and multinational companies in Singapore to hear first-hand how these firms have successfully implemented productivity enhancement initiatives. The second programme will focus on Innovation and Enterprise Development. Both training programmes will enable the officials to apply what they have learnt when they return to the Philippines, as well as share their knowledge with others. Participants from the recently completed programme plan to pass on their learning to at least 600 other productivity specialists back home.
Mr Augusto L. Aquillo, Board Secretary with the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board, was one of the participants in the Productivity Management Programme. “I was impressed by the comprehensive curriculum, which effectively combined productivity models like Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma with practice and field visits. I also gained invaluable insights on how empowerment and rewards are better employee motivators than supervision and enforcement”, he said.