The pandemic has paralyzed businesses worldwide and has truly brought global economies to its knees. Locally, in addition to the devastating effect to our national health sector, the impact to our economy has been substantial and has been felt by local businesses, forcing them to cut costs in order to stay afloat amidst the pandemic. True resilience can still be observed across select businesses as they remain committed in upholding productivity programs and practices. This is the highlight for this year’s Productivity Olympics, a biennial event that aims to recognize the best productivity practices of micro, small, and medium enterprises nationwide.

In line with this, the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – National Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR) recently held its virtual awarding ceremony for its lineup of regional winners for the 2021 Productivity Olympics: Pandemic Edition. With this year’s theme “Bounce Back Better,” a total of 12 regional winners were recognized and acknowledged for showcasing resiliency and valiant efforts to preserve employment, promote growth, and bolster economic recovery.

The presented regional winners have been and continue to be at the forefront of the industry and service sectors. Among the industry sector awardees are Aretei Foods Corporation; Compact Pharmaceuticals, Corp.; Greenlight Power, Inc.; Thousand Oaks Packaging Corporation; and Sunlight Foods Corporation. Equally from the service sector, six awardees also emerged, namely HR Spectacles; Starkaffea Corporation; Clinic Systems, Inc. (Alabang Medical Clinic); Gotesco Marketing, Inc.; and Pandayan Bookshop, Incorporated.

The triumphal ceremony was described as a “celebration of past toughness and resiliency” that honors the awardees’ commitment to a productive response to the economic impact of the pandemic as illustrated by RTWPB-NCR Chairperson, Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol through her welcoming remarks.

“We give due recognition to enterprises in the region that continues to transform their businesses into a strong, innovative, and safe workplace. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, they managed to sustain their businesses through the adoption of their respective business continuity plans to withstand and thrive even in times of disruption,” said Mirasol.

In addition, an inspiring message from the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) Executive Director IV Maria Criselda R. Sy highlighted how the regional winners established the standard upon which other establishments should strive to emulate as they navigate the hurdles of this pandemic.

The virtual ceremony was held on August 19, 2021 with a simultaneous livestream on RTWPB-NCR’s Facebook page. Honored guests of the event included representatives from the Department of Labor and Employment – NCR (DOLE-NCR), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), NWPC senior officials; RTWPB-NCR Board and Secretariat; and representatives from the establishments.

Each regional winner received priority endorsements to DOLE and NWPC / RTWPB-NCR’s Productivity Trainings, cash incentive, and a torch-design trophy that symbolizes the grit and perseverance that the establishments have shown in weathering the COVID-19 pandemic. Towards the latter part, the representatives of the winning MSMEs proudly shared their enduring journey throughout the pandemic.

The virtual ceremony was concluded by RTWPB-NCR Employer Representative, Jose Roland A. Moya through his message of appreciation for the culmination of a collective effort by the Board and the regional winners to foster productivity despite economic adversity.

END / Ivann Archie Arintok