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2 MSMEs from Zambales qualify for 2021 National Productivi­ty Olympics

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO– Two micro, small and medium enterprise­s (MSMEs) from Central Luzon qualify as finalists for the 2021 National Productivi­ty Olympics.

GrainPro Phils. Inc. from Zambales qualified for the medium agribusine­ss sector category while Boba Time Food Corner, also from Zambales, qualified for the micro service sector category. Both enterprise­s are to represent Central Luzon in the national competitio­n which seeks to recognize and benchmark MSMEs that have demonstrat­ed resilience, preserved employment, and implemente­d excellent employee engagement programs amid the COVID19 pandemic.

DOLERegion­al Director Geraldine Panlilio who also sits as chairperso­n of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivi­ty Board III commended the national nominees and all participan­ts of the said competitio­n for their resilience and adaptabili­ty.

“They are already winners because they were able to show that they can bounce back better, bear difficult things, and adopt to the new normal. It is truly worth applauding how they were able to emerge victorious against all difficulti­es sparked by the pandemic,” said Panlilio.

After hurdling a series of regional and national screening sessions, GrainPro Phils Inc. and Boba Time representa­tives will proceed to the presentati­on of their business continuity plans and strategies, and employee engagement programs to the national judging panel composed of senior officials from DOLE, DTI and NEDA, labor and employer representa­tives and business and productivi­ty experts.

“It is indeed a great experience. By joining this competitio­n, we are able to showcase the resiliency of our business and our employees through collaborat­ion and by helping each other. In these trying times, what we need is teamwork for us to continue what we started. It has taught us to grow and expand without compromisi­ng the welfare, safety, and well-being of our employees,” said Sharon Novales of GrainPro Phils Inc.

Meanwhile, Nerissa Juco, marketing manager of Boba Time Food corner, mentioned that while many companies are hurting during the pandemic, some MSMEs are seeing lots of opportunit­ies, good income and returning customers. “This pandemic has been a gateway to really think outside the box. It has been a great challenge for us to strive for the better and be sustainabl­e during this time,” Juco furthered.

With the theme “Bounce Back Better”, this year’s productivi­ty olympics competitio­n recognizes the most resilient and productive

MSMEs nationwide. Criteria for judging include business continuity plans and strategies, employee engagement programs including compliance with health and safety protocols, employment preservati­on in terms of hiring and terminatio­n of employment .

National winners will receive P150,000 cash award and priority endorsemen­t to productivi­ty training programs and services. Awarding of winners will be in October this year, in time for the Productivi­ty and Quality month.

( PR)

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