The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – National Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – NCR sealed its collaboration through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that intends to provide need-based ladderized approach towards improvement and resiliency by adopting productivity improvement programs and innovations that will transform Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) into viable and competitive enterprises amidst this global pandemic.

Simultaneous with the MOA Signing held on April 22, 2021 was the launching of the joint project entitled: “Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI): Productivity Improvement Program (PIP) for MSMEs in NCR.” Said endeavor aims to strengthen the goal of RTWPB-NCR and DOST-NCR to provide productivity training programs and technical assistance based on the ability of the enterprises to adopt technology and system improvement.

In her message, Department of Labor and Employment – NCR (DOLE-NCR) Regional Director and RTWPB-NCR Board Chairperson Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol underscored the agency’s drive to re-focus on its programs and services geared towards jobs preservation and economic recovery.

“Today’s virtual activity is a testament that despite our difficult situation, the government stays true to its commitment to strengthen collaboration aimed at improving the capability and motivation of MSMEs by adopting innovations, technologies and productivity strategies in the region through DOST-NCR and RTWPB-NCR flagship programs and services,” Mirasol added.

DOST-NCR Regional Director Jose B. Patalinjug III likewise acknowledged that the joint venture will be instrumental to help MSMEs cope with today’s challenging times.

The ceremonial event that was live-streamed via the respective agencies’ Facebook pages also featured RTWPB’s Productivity Toolbox as presented by its Board Secretary, Kim S. Lagcao. Meawhile, DOST-NCR Cluster Director Oscar B. Sevilla, Jr. at DOST-Clustered Area Science and Technology Center PAMAMARISAN (Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, San Juan) highlighted the Department’s initiative to provide technical assistance to its MSME beneficiaries.

The virtual activity capped off with the discussion on “Work Ethics of a Productive Worker”, the first in the STI-PIP Webinar Series. The said project will to run until June 2021.

END / Jackilyn Borja