DOLE takes active role in nationwide search for outstanding skilled workers

November 25, 2012 5:16 am 

MANILA, Nov. 24 — As the nation once again recognizes the contribution of outstanding skilled blue-collar workers to the country’s productivity through the 2013 Tower (The Outstanding Workers of the Republic) Awards, the DOLE on Saturday said it is taking an active role for the nationwide search for skilled blue-collar workers who are worthy of recognition and emulation.

Speaking during the launching of the 2013 Tower Awards, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz congratulated the Rotary Club of Manila (RCM), Metrobank Foundation, Inc., and People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) for their unrelenting commitment to honor skilled blue-collar workers who contributed to the productivity of their respective companies and for inviting the DOLE to be a major co-operator for the 2013 Tower Awards Search.

“The 2013 Tower Awards is timely and supportive of the goal of President Benigno S. Aquino III to ‘invest in the country’ human resource by making them more competitive and employable while promoting industrial peace based on social justice,’” said Baldoz.

She also said that the Tower Awards is a reminder of the contributions of millions of skilled workers to economic development which can now be visibly observed with the country’s recent performance in the Global Competitiveness Report indicating that the Philippines is back on track.

The Philippines, which was in the 85th ranking two years ago, climbed to 75th place last year and, with the impressive performance, had gained a slot in the upper 45th percentile of the world rankings since the Philippines’ inclusion in the Report in 1994.

The Philippines is one of only two countries in the world to achieve a double-digit jump in the last two years.

“The DOLE is also now seeing the initial fruits of its reforms when one of the 12 pillars of the Global Competitiveness Index, Labor Market Efficiency, registered positive growth in most areas in the Global Competitiveness Report.

The DOLE, for the first time, also joined the ranked of top performing agencies in the July 2012 Executive Outlook Survey of the Makati Business Club (MBC) which in the past has always been dominated by the economic, trade and finance agencies of the government.

“Our satisfaction rating has been achieved with the support, not only of the employers, but more importantly, of the workers,” Baldoz said.

Through the Tower Awards, the Department will be able to thank the workers by taking the lead in ensuring that appropriate support will be given for the successful conduct of the nationwide search and the awarding ceremonies and in active participation in the information and dissemination campaign to ensure wider coverage and participation of business companies.

The Tower Awards, which was founded in 1975 by the Rotary Club of Manila, is given to outstanding workers of the country.

Nominees for the Tower Awards should meet the following criteria: a citizen of the Philippines; a skilled blue-collar worker and non-supervisory white collar worker; one whose job is directly involved in the basic or main activity of the enterprises; one with a consistent record of high level of performance; of good moral character;

one who has introduced extraordinary or innovative ideas, systems or designs which have brought beneficial results to the company and/or work environment in terms of significant improvements in quality, productivity, cost-reduction, competitiveness;

one who has outstanding accomplishments or contributions which enhance the development of skills, trade or occupations; and

one who has exemplary distinctive, consistently excellent performance that sets him apart from others, making him worthy of emulation and special recognition.

The Tower Awards winner will receive a trophy, cash award of P100,000, Baccalaureate Degree from the Technological University of the Philippines; and a full scholarship for a bachelor degree or masteral degree program in any one of the following Technological University of the Philippines, Pamantasan ng Lunsod ng Maynila or the Central Colleges of the Philippines and STI College. (PNA)

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