Improvements in education and development of employee-welfare mechanisms will motivate workers and increase productivity, Vice President Jejomar Binay said.
“A worker therefore will be productive if he knows how to do his job well, and is motivated to do it well,” Binay said in his keynote speech at the 35th National Employers Conference in Pasay City.
Thus, to optimize education for employees, the business sector must work with schools and training institutions to align courses offered with the competencies required in the work place, the Vice President said.
He cited the University of Makati’s Dualized University Education System (DUES), a pioneer program in which the university partners with some 700 public and private institutions in developing courses that match the needs of the city’s employers.
“One hundred percent of the graduates of [DUES] get employed within three months of graduation, typically in the companies where they did their apprenticeships or OJT [on-the-job] stints,” Binay said.
He called on the participants of the conference to “have a big role in replicating this model all over the country.”
Binay also urged employers to ensure a “safe, healthy, and conducive work environment,” saying it was necessary not only for a worker to perform his wages’ worth of work, but also to exceed it.
Likewise, he added, business and government must supply the worker’s immediate needs and plan for his retirement.
“The work is very clear for us—to evolve a productive 21st century Filipino worker, well trained, well-paid and well-cared for,” said Binay.