The Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (RTWPB) Davao Region recognized six micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) for exemplary productivity projects and initiatives in this year’s Productivity Olympics last August 18, 2015 at SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang.

Adjudged winners in the region were Apo ni Lola Durian Delicacies, the Association of Differently-Abled Persons Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ADAP-MPC), Davao Bioskin Tech Laboratories, Inc., DAVECO Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (DAVECO-ARB), Norie’s Footwear and Supply, and Woodworks Kiln Dried Products.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Davao Region Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao invited all the MSMEs to also observe the practice of productivity and follow the laudable examples of the victors.

“We encourage all the micro, small and medium enterprises or the MSMEs to take on the productivity challenge that these regional winners, together with our previous winners had taken. In the 2017 Productivity Olympics, we hope to see more of our MSMEs shine in productivity improvements,” he said.

Woodworks Kiln Dried Products Owner and Manager Ricardo D. Talaboc said they did not expect the recognition because the culture of productivity has always been their practice ever since.

“If DOLE established a productivity program, we have considered it our own practice,” he said.

Over the years, Woodworks has become a supplier of wood furniture and products of the Citi Hardware.

The winners are set compete in the National Productivity Olympics in October 2015 in line with the Quality and Productivity Month Celebration.

The Productivity Olympics is a nationwide competition to recognize the best productivity improvement projects among MSMEs to drumbeat awareness and encourage good practices.

“The objectives of the competition are to intensify national awareness and commitment to quality and productivity, and to showcase best productivity improvement practices,” Suyao said.