By Kier Edison C. Belleza
Cebu City – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Central Visayas will conduct a learning session on Philippine Quality Award (PQA) and Philippine Quality Challenge (PQC) programs on September 28 here.
The DTI regional office has invited speakers from the department’s Competitiveness Bureau to orient participants on performance excellence programs and their importance to businesses and organizations.
The in-depth session will be from 9 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon at the Hotel Elizabeth.
The PQA is the centerpiece program of the National Action Agenda for Productivity, the blueprint for the country’s integrated approach to improve economy-wide productivity during the term of former President Fidel V. Ramos in response to the growing challenges of globalization.
It was created through Executive Order 448 on October 3, 1997. On February 28, 2001, it was institutionalized through the signing of the Philippine Quality Award Act.
The award sets the standard of excellence to help Filipino organizations achieve world-class performance and serves as a template for competitiveness based on the principles of Total Quality Management.
It is the Philippine version of the US Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) and National Quality Awards abroad.
PQC is a self-assessment consultancy and recognition program for assisting private organizations and local government units start off their journey to performance excellence and become competitive following the framework of the PQA program.
Organizations taking the challenge shall be assessed on the requirements of the PQC Criteria.
Both the PQA and PQC serve as framework for competitiveness based on the principles of Total Quality Management.