SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — Globally-acknowledged competitiveness gurus will share their expertise on quality, productivity, workplace cooperation and benchmarking in the forthcoming national symposium-workshops to beheld here from March 27 to 30.

The symposium-workshops are being organized through a public-private-partnership (PPP) between Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and Quality Partners Co., Ltd. (QPCL).

The event is divided into a pre-symposium seminar-workshop on”Scientific Benchmarking for Excellence” which will be held on March27 and 28, and the seminar-workshop dubbed as “Workplace Cooperationfor Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness,” which will be conducted on March 29-30.

Both will be held at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center(SBECC) in this free port.

SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia said that both symposium-workshops are projected to be the initial activities in a long-range quest todevelop a National Center for Excellence and a Resource Center forQuality and Productivity Information and Training with the Subic Freeport as the hub.

Garcia said the SBMA and QPCL are undertaking the project in thebelief that quality, workplace cooperation and excellence will lift the country’s global competitiveness.

The pre-symposium seminar-workshop will be conducted by Dr. Robin Mann, chairman of the Global Benchmarking Network of New Zealand, a membership-based organization with members in more than 20 countries, and founder-head of the Center for Organizational Excellence Research (COER), Massey University, which undertakes research projects — both focusing on business excellence and benchmarking.

Mann has helped over 300 organizations undertake self-assessment, written 30 refereed journal papers, 100 non-refereed papers, six short books, and has been a frequent keynote presenter in 15 countries in 2011.

Meanwhile, Dr. Jose Gatchalian, chairman of QPCL, will address the participants of the seminar-workshop on workplace cooperation with hiskeynote piece entitled, “Workplace Cooperation: A Cutting Edge forQuality, Productivity and Competitiveness.”

Joining Dr. Gatchalian will be Globetel Philippines president ErnestCu, who will discuss “Workplace Cooperation: Customer First Circle”;and University of the Philippines vice-president Dr. M.S.V. Amante whowill talk about “Workplace Diversity and Cross-Cultural Work Relations.”

Meanwhile, the panel discussion will be conducted by a battery ofpanelists composed of successful and prominent resource speakers whoshall share their experience and expertise in their respective field.

The symposium will be open to all top management executives andshop-floor leaders. For inquiries and slot reservation, interested parties may send e-mail to qpcl.gatch@gmail.com or tqm.sbma.yahoo.com or call Ferdie Anatacio, QPCL (0915-974-7772) or Buds Fernando, SBMA (0917-552-4920).

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