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Productivity Olympics winners unveiled

Cebu City, Philippines. Ten micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) last week emerged as this year’s regional winners in the 2019 Productivity Olympics Awarding Ceremonies held at the City Sports Club, Cebu City.

The winners, according to DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, who at the same time sits as the Chairperson of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB-7), come from three (3) Award Categories, namely: Agri-Business; Industry; and Service.

Two (2) productivity Winners under the Agri-Business Category were declared – the Badiang Self-Help Multi-Purpose Cooperative and the Nangka Agrarian Beneficiaries Farmers Association.

Surprisingly, one of the DOLE’s best assisted livelihood projects, K’Hanz Cakes and Pastries of Lapu-Lapu City, surfaced as one of the regional winners under the Industry Category.

“The DOLE is in high spirits seeing this year’s regional winners of Productivity Olympics. But the Department is particularly so proud of K’Hanz Cakes and Pastries, that happened to be one of the establishments recognized for its productivity initiatives. Apart from making sure that the livelihood assistance it received from DOLE for its project becomes sustainable, it also ventured out into some productivity endeavors, which have proven to be effective in its business operations.,” said Director Siaton.

K’Hanz Cakes and Pastries is one of the members of the USC-Kapamilya Negosyo Na (USC-KNN, Inc.) and was the DOLE-7’s contender to the 2018 Best DOLE-Assisted Livelihood Projects National Competition and successfully was adjudged as the national winner in the same year under the Individual Category.

Along with K’Hanz Cakes and Pastries, other regional Productivity Olympics winners under the Industry Category included the following, namely: Crissander Enterprises; Feb20 Enterprises; Tubigon Loomweavers Multi-Purpose Cooperative from the Province of Bohol; and A.T.E. By Tatah.

Under the Service Category, productivity winners involved the MB’s Sunrise View Resort; Montebello Villa Hotel; and the P & I Resort, Inc. – Pulchra of San Fernando, Cebu.

Director Siaton recognized the tie-up and close collaboration that the DOLE made through the RTWPB-7 under the leadership of Board Secretary Grace G. Carreon, with other agencies.  She particularly praised the active involvement of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-7); Department of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-7); Cooperative Development Authority (CDA); Department of Science and Technology (DOST-7); PQPM and the rest of the members of the Wage Board both from the labor and management sectors.

DOLE-Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III, who was one of the honored guests and a productivity guru himself, urged each one of the Regional Winners to go on and be persistent with what productivity programs and projects they have started no matter what the outcome of the National Productivity Olympics Competition might be. Emphasizing the attitude of an Olympian, he said, “Sometimes, you don’t like something that’s good for you. Or you like something that’s bad for you. You don’t know and only God knows. But you just have to go on. Like an Olympian, be at it and do it higher, faster, stronger.”

All entrants passed through an extensive scrutiny by the Regional Screening Committee (RSC) composed of the RTWPB and an external quality and productivity champion in the region, which reviewed all MSME applicants according to the prescribed criteria.

The regional winners, who each received Php5,000.00 cash prize and a plaque, will be endorsed to the National Screening Committee (NSC) for the selection of the list of national finalists that will be submitted to the National Judging Panel (NJP).

National Productivity Olympics winners will receive cash prize with trophy and will also be entitled to use the Productivity Olympics 2019 Award logo for publicity purposes for three (3) years (2019 – 2021). They will be likewise made priority in availing of other training programs and services of the NWPC/RTWPBs and other DOLE agencies. Awarding of national winners will be in October, in celebration of the National Quality and Productivity Month.

Other guests present during said awarding ceremony were former DOLE-7 Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga and former National Productivity Olympics Champions, Region-7’s pride - Mr. Philip N. Tan of Well-Made Motors  and Father Edward Ventic.

Productivity Olympics is a national competition of best productivity practices of MSMEs nationwide happening every two years, which targets to intensify national awareness and commitment to quality and productivity and showcase best productivity improvement practices among establishments.

“Paying tribute to a retiring DOLE-RCC member and to a DOLE top official in the person of USEC. Lagunzad at the same time, is a rare opportunity for the members of the Committee. I am deeply grateful to all the Heads of the DOLE’s Attached Agencies for responding positively to the plan of organizing a simple tribute to these officials,” said the DOLE-7 Head.

She said that USEC. Lagunzad and Director Durato truly deserve the kind of recognition given to them not only for the hard work they’ve extended in public service but also for uplifting the image of government by staying prudent and trust-worthy public officials.




For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel SenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at

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