Philippines hosts public sector productivity experts’ meeting to develop course manual

A group of public sector productivity experts led by Dr. Brian Marson, a faculty member of the Development Academy of the Philippines' Public Management Development Program, convened at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig City from August 2 to 4, 2016 to develop the course manual of the Asian Productivity Organization in the training program "Developing Productivity Specialists in Public Sector Productivity."

This course manual is envisioned to help develop the competencies of productivity and quality practitioners who can assist in efforts to improve the productivity of public sector organizations in APO member countries.

Timely and crucial

DAP President Antonio Kalaw Jr. acknowledged this initiative of the APO Center of Excellence on Public Sector Productivity based at the DAP. He said it was "timely and crucial" to furthering and strengthening the productivity movement in the public sector, particularly in APO member countries.

Five experts from APO member countries came to work on the course manual: Dr. Anwar Sanusi of Indonesia, Dr. Shin Kim (Korea), Ms. Rauzah Zainal Abidin (Malaysia), Ms. Magdalena Mendoza (Philippines), and Dr. Ora-orn Poocharoen (Thailand).

Along with Dr. Marson, they gathered for the experts' meeting that reviewed the key competencies of productivity practitioners in the public sector.

Course requirements

The group in the end was able to develop the course syllabus for the aforementioned training program as well as design the course manual and learning material required for the implementation of the program.

Dr. Jose Elvinia, program officer of the APO Research and Planning Department, served as facilitator of the meeting.

The APO, a 55-year-old organization co-founded by the Philippines along with seven other countries in 1961, aims to contribute to the sustainable economic development of Asia and the Pacific by enhancing productivity in the region. The intergovernmental organization has some 19 member countries that have pledged to assist each other in their productivity drives in a spirit of mutual cooperation by sharing knowledge, information and experience.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

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