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Tokyo training helps boost competitiveness of Pinoy SMEs

Binalot\\\'s Rommel Juan chosen as Philippine delegate for the two-week training
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Photo shows Rommel Juan of Binalot (third from left) during the training in Tokyo

 

Rommel Juan, the entrepreneur behind Binalot Fiesta Foods, was recently chosen by the Development Academy of the Philippines, the local arm of Japan-based Asian Productivity Organization (APO) , to be the country’s delegate to a two-week training in Tokyo. [Read about the full profile of Binalot Fiesta Foods here]

Juan was chosen in his capacity as the director of the Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (MVPMAP) to undergo the training on Innovations in Production Systems at Tokyo, Japan from November 29, 2010 to December 10, 2010.

APO extends the training to its member economies, including the Philippines.

Juan, whose Philippine company produces the innovative and internationally acclaimed electric jeepney,  said  the APO training helped him be more “receptive to new ideas and think outside…boxes of conventional thinking.”

 “I was exposed to the so-called knowledge-based economy where innovation holds the key to improving productivity and to keeping costs down. To ensure long-term success, we were taught to innovate constantly to differentiate ourselves from the competition. APO hopes that by exposing us to innovative approaches that are practiced in Japan, our own skills and knowledge would in turn be raised to international perspectives and standards”, he said.

Juan added that he hopes to share what he learned to MVPMAP member-companies to boost the competitiveness of the local auto and parts making industries. [Read about the support being sought by the electric vehicle industry here]

APO is an intergovernmental organization consisting of 20 member countries that aims to contribute to the socio-economic development of the Asia-Pacific region through enhancing productivity.

The training was designed to enhance the capability of Asian production managers, executives and consultants to introduce innovative production systems in their respective organizations through exposure to Japanese examples such as the Toyota production systems and value engineering.

Antonio D. Kalaw, Jr., DAP president, said the program’s main goal is enhance competitiveness of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the country by developing their capacities through the integration of productivity improvement tools and techniques in their operations. [Read about SMEs\\\' optimism to expand in 2011 here]

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