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NEDA conducts forum to push productivity up

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (2 October) -- It is very important to make sure that the economic gains that the country is reaping are felt by every Filipino through better employment, food in every table and improved social services.

This was stressed by Regional Director Myra V. Balandra of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), region 10 who said people have taken the stock of economic takeoff by pushing productivity up and keeping divisiveness and destructive politics at bay.

"With the country's economic momentum up, people's faith and drive unrelenting, this is the time to surge forward and not fall back," she said.

Meanwhile, various activities have been lined up by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Northern Mindanao during this year's celebration of the October Productivity Month.

Focused on the theme "Securing the Future Through Productivity," a forum on "A Drug-Free Workplace" will be one of the highlights of the celebration, Balandra, Vice Chairperson of the RTWPB-10, said.

A joint project of the Northern Mindanao Productivity Network Association, Inc. (NORMIN-PRODNET) and RTWPB in coordination with the Dept. of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the region, the forum will have Dr. Dulce P. Estrella-Gust, Executive Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC).

Moreover, NEDA has extended an invitation to researchers to submit their entries for presentation during the upcoming Regional Research Utilization Forum on October 25-26 at the Grand Caprice Rest., in the city.

This time, the activity will focus on "Empowering Consumers Through Responsive Energy Statistics," theme of the National Statistics Month also observed in October.

"The energy sector, like all the other sectors, faces the dual challenge of successfully disseminating and effectively instigating the utilization of energy-related information and research-based knowledge by the broad-based population," Balandra, Chairperson of the Regional Statistical Coordinating Committee, said.

With the continued escalation of oil prices, foreseen power supply shortage and other energy-related issues confronting the country, the forum aims to fill in the gap between researchers and their end users so that their research works are extensively utilized and their recommendations realized.

"It will also serve as a venue for knowledge sharing for researchers, key players in the energy sector, development planners and workers, representatives from the academe, policy makers, local government units and consumers from all over the region," she further said.

Interested researchers are requested to submit their 2-page research summary and a 10-minute power point presentation on or before October 10, 2006 to NEDA-10, RDC Bldg., Capistrano-Echem Sts., CDO.

They may also contact Rio C. Yonson or Ma. Consuelo R. del Castillo, both of NEDA-10 at telephone nos. (08822) 722-168 or (088) 858-1920 for further details. (PIA 10) [top]

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