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NRCP gears up for smart workplace

DOST-NRCP management and staff led by Executive Director Dr. Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay during the virtual training on “Smart Workplace through 5S Good Housekeeping Practice Excellence,” on September 23, 25 and 30, 2020.

Aimed at improving efficiency and productivity in the workplace, the NRCP conducted two batches of a virtual training on, “Smart Workplace through 5S Good Housekeeping Practice Excellence,” on September 23, 25, and 30 for its personnel. This is one of the in-house capacity building initiatives under the HR Development Program to streamline and hasten the delivery of NRCP’s services to its various stakeholders.

A total staff of 33 females and 30 males were trained by Mr. Ted V. Ramirez Jr., a Consultant and Author of the AGF Consulting Group. Mr. Ramirez presented the philosophy, concepts, benefits, important steps, and best practices of 5S to improve office order and operations.

5S is a Japanese method which stands for Sort, Systematize, Sweep, Standardize and Sustain. It seeks to achieve an efficient and effective workplace with smooth-running processes through good housekeeping practices. Ramirez proposed a 6th S which refers to Safety, one area that is critical particularly during this time of the COVID pandemic.  

Ramirez shared that 5S can also significantly contribute in addressing the eight types of wastes which affect office productivity and efficiency. These are: overproduction, inventory, transportation, motion, processing, defects/quality, waiting, and people’s skills.

Following the discussions, the participants underwent remote auditing workshops and a course examination for them to apply their learnings. DOST-NRCP Executive Director Dr. Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay, who also attended the virtual training said, “It may take time to completely embrace the 5S good housekeeping program, but it is a big step that everyone in NRCP already has knowledge and experience to eventually make NRCP a smart workplace”.

Daniel Jason M. Maches, NRCP-FAD